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Thursday, December 18th, 2014
50 Years Ago Today

Here's the Midwest Sports Special - "Inside the World of Hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks," as aired on WBKB (now WLS) Channel 7. The host of this in-depth look at the team was Frank Sweeney. This was transferred from the original film, and thus has no commercials.

This part begins with the old-style academy leader which counted by feet rather than frames (as opposed to the more common SMPTE Universal film leader). The program itself begins with some shots of the Blackhawks in action on the field at Chicago Stadium, and of audiences cheering the players from the stands. After the game is over, the players head to the locker room, followed by the referees and team managers - and finally, host Frank Sweeney, who advises that the game's end is "only the beginning" of this look at the team, and previewing what will be examined and shown over the course of the program.

This aired on December 19, 1964.

WBKB Channel 7 - Midwest Sports Special - "Inside the World of Hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks" (Part 1, 1964)

Here's Part 1 of Midwest Sports Special - "Inside the World of Hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks," as aired on WBKB (now WLS) Channel 7. The host of this in-depth look at the team was Frank Sweeney. This was transferred from the original film, and thus has no commercials.

This part begins with the old-style academy leader which counted by feet rather than frames (as opposed to the more common SMPTE Universal film leader). The program itself begins with some shots of the Blackhawks in action on the field at Chicago Stadium, and of audiences cheering the players from the stands. After the game is over, the players head to the locker room, followed by the referees and team managers - and finally, host Frank Sweeney, who advises that the game's end is "only the beginning" of this look at the team, and previewing what will be examined and shown over the course of the program.

Title sequence (accompanied by rendition of John Philip Sousa's "King Cotton March"):

Midwest Sports Special
Inside the World of Hockey
with the Chicago Blackhawks

" . . . [T]he players travel at a speed of 35 miles an hour, and the puck travels at 100 miles an hour."

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, December 19, 1964 (and repeated on Saturday, March 20th 1965) during the 5:30pm to 6:30pm timeframe.

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This early Chicago Blackhawks sports special is a fascinating look into one of Chicago's favorite sports franchises before the advent of 24/7 cable sports networks and the Blackhawks own Blackhawks TV on the internet. This practice session is also the precusor to the morning practice skating sessions that is occasionally seen these days on Comcast SportsNet.
Comment posted by jfthstv on Thursday, August 14th 2014 at 2:09am.

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