Sports Challenge with Legendary Yankees Players - 1972

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Your Classic TV post for today features the Joe McCarthy era Yankees of Joe DiMaggio, Lefty Gomez, and Tommy Heinrich going up against the Casey Stengel era Yankees of Mickey Mantle, Hank Bauer, and Billy Martin in this episode of Sports Challenge from 1972.

Dick Enberg hosted Sports Challenge, a pretty straight-forward question-and-answer team quiz show. They show a clip of a sporting event, then ask a question about it. Besides Enberg, the only surviving person from this clip is Henrich, the fifth oldest former MLB player and the only surviving member of the 1938 World Champion Yankees.

I think the most impressive thing about this clip is that the distance to the gap in left center at Old Yankee Stadium used to be a whopping 402 feet . No wonder the right-handed DiMaggio never made it to 400 homers.

Head on over to Kliph Nesteroff's Classic Television Showbiz blog to see the rest of the episode, including a special mystery guest at the end that neither team can identify.

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The Blood Alcohol Level on Mantle's team was a whopping .34 during taping.

Aside: Who WOULDN'T watch this show now if it featured current players? A chance to watch Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and John Broxton get embarrassed by Tony Scheffler, Matt Prater, and Eddie Royal? SIGN ME UP.

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