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Thursday, July 10th, 2014
35 Years Ago Today

Here's an incredible twofer - 1) A live voiceover promo given by Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall for the infamous Disco Demolition event that took place the following night. Little did they know what was about to occur. Jimmy Piersall mispronounces Lorelei's name and for some reason Harry Caray think's WLUP's call letters don't make sense to him. "Sounds like you're swallowing...WLUP." WLUP sounds like "Loop" and not "Lup." WSNS stands for Essaness, but Caray didn't mention anything about that.

2) Amazingly, right after they are done talking about WLUP, Greg Pryor pops up a foul ball behind him and Harry goes after it with his trusty fishing net and catches the foul ball! (how many times do people recall him actually succeeding in doing this?)

This clip is from Chicago White Sox Vs. Texas Rangers. The Sox won the game 5-3.
This aired on July 11, 1979.

WSNS Channel 44 - White Sox Baseball - "Disco Demolition Promo & Harry Catches a Foul Ball" (1979)

Here's an incredible twofer - 1) A live voiceover promo given by Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall for the infamous Disco Demolition event that took place the following night. Little did they know what was about to occur. They talk about Lorelei and how for some reason WLUP's call letters don't make sense to them.

2) Amazingly, right after they are done talking about WLUP, Greg Pryor pops up a foul ball behind him and Harry goes after it with his trusty fishing net and catches the foul ball! (how many times do people recall him actually succeeding in doing this?)

Unfortunately the person recording this cut the tape soon after and got some of the closing credits to "The Funky Phantom" cartoon. (which also aired on WSNS TV-44) :-)

This clip is from Chicago White Sox Vs. Texas Rangers. The Sox won the game 5-3.

Note: At 1 Minute, 22 seconds into this clip there is a weird audio anomaly - not sure if this was something that occurred naturally or was added after the recording was made. I'm glad it only happens for a couple seconds though.

"Sounds like you're swallowing...WLUP"

This aired on local Chicago TV Wednesday, July 11th 1979 during the 7:30pm to 10:15pm timeframe.

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Since The Funky Phantom on 7/12/1979 aired at 4:30, the person taping may have trying to get Sports Spotlight and a Sox Doubleheader at 5.
Comment posted by Phantom on Saturday, September 14th 2013 at 11:45am.

@Chris - I think you're right. So Funky Phantom was only on Thursday afternoons at this time? I think the Sports Spotlight with the San Diego Chicken must have aired 7/12/79.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, September 14th 2013 at 4:28pm.

WSNS was showing the "Fun World of Hanna Barbera." A different cartoon aired each weekday. Monday was "Wacky Races." Tuesday-"Dastardy & Muttley in Their Flying Machines." Wednesday-"The Perils of Penelope Pitstop." Thursday-"The Funky Phantom." Friday-"The Amazing Chan & the Chan Clan." WSNS' ad promised "Good Clean Fun from Hanna Barbera." One other note, one of Channel 44's episodes of "The Funky Phantom" had the sound and picture out of sync.
Comment posted by Phantom on Saturday, September 14th 2013 at 5:02pm.

Besides The Fun World of Hanna-Barbera, I don't know if WSNS 44 even carried around 1977-1978 these Hanna-Barbera syndicated packages:
Josie and the Pussycats/Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space
Hanna-Barbera's World of Super Adventure (Featuring Space Ghost/Dino Boy, Birdman/Galaxy Trio, Herculoids, Fantastic Four, Moby Dick/Mighty Mightor, Shazzan, and Frankenstein Junior/Impossibles.

I know WFLD 32 carried the Hanna-Barbera Fred Flintstone and Friends package (with Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, Jeannie, Partridge Family 2200 A.D., Yogi's Gang, and Goober and the Ghost Chasers) and the Hanna-Barbera Banana Splits and Friends package (with Banana Splits, Atom Ant, Secret Squirrel, Adventures of Gulliver, and Adventures of Huck Finn) at the 1977-1978 time.

Comment posted by Dth1971 on Saturday, September 14th 2013 at 8:50pm.

Harry Caray: "Wa-loop! Sounds like you're swallowing...WLUP"

And then he finnaly caught the ball with his catcher's net a minute later.

Makes me wonder if trying to pronounce the WLUP calls (as opposed to "the Loop") is a sign of good luck (such as this game with Haray catching the ball) or an easy-come, easy go situation in a revengeful, good luck turned bad (with the Disco Demolition in the next game double-header with the Tigers.) ???

"Coho Lips, Coho Lips, Coho Lips" (Smack, Smack, Smack, BREAK!) probably had a more stronger, powerful mantra that trying to pronounce the WLUP calls....

:o?

And probably DISCO SUCKS! as well.

Comment posted by Detroit4Chicago on Sunday, September 15th 2013 at 11:30am.

Also on a side note, WXON in Detroit also ran the "Fun World of Hanna Barbera," but each cartoon was promoted separately; no mentioning of the title "The Fun World of Hanna Barberra" anywhere during these shows. Penelope Pitstop on one day, Wacky Races on another, Dastardly and Mutley on another day, etc. I don't know if WSNS did the same but would be interesting to know if they did.
Comment posted by Detroit4Chicago on Sunday, September 15th 2013 at 11:46am.

HOLY COW. This is definitely a part of an infamous piece of Chicago TV. I have heard stories about broadcasters getting outta dodge when a foul ball heads towards the booth. I think at one point during a Mets game in the late 80's on WWOR-TV, Billy Crystal (a noted YANKEES fan ironically) and Robin Williams were promoting some event known as Comic Relief to support charity. Well during the game a foul ball enters the Mets booth and ALL HILARIOUS JOCULARITY TAKES PLACE.
Comment posted by BobAnthony on Sunday, September 15th 2013 at 5:35pm.

I didn't know home plate umpires were still using the outer chest protectors in 1979. I thought they switched to the inner protectors sometime around the 1960s or so. Does anybody know when they stopped using the outer chest protectors and went to the inner ones?
Comment posted by Brian1978 on Wednesday, April 9th 2014 at 12:41pm.

Jerry Neudecker was the last full-time umpire to wear the outside chest protector when he retired at the end of the 1985 season. Its final appearance was in 1995 when Bill Deegan umpired six games at the beginning of the strike-shortened season.
Comment posted by T.K. on Saturday, April 12th 2014 at 11:19am.

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