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The week in TV sports
John Walters
June 30, 1997
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June 30, 1997

The Week In Tv Sports

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Braves at Yankees

Holy cow! Interleague play reunites the 1996 World Series foes as well as father-and-son broadcasters Skip and Chip Caray (son and grandson of Cubs broadcaster Harry), who will call the game for TBS and FX, respectively. Flip from Skip to Chip as third baseman Chipper Jones (right) and Atlanta, which at week's end had the National League's best record, revisit New York, where last October the Braves lost Game 6 and, with it, the Fall Classic. Good news for Atlanta: Yankees closer and Series MVP John Wetteland has left the Bronx for Texas. Bad news for Atlanta: Yankees fans haven't.


Thursday 7/3


Distant Replay: Larry Doby

On July 4, 1947, Larry Doby played the lid-lifter of a doubleheader for his Negro leagues baseball team, the Newark Eagles. After that game, at the behest of Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck, Doby boarded a train for Chicago, where the Indians were playing the White Sox, and the following day became the first black to play in the American League. "The most important statement [Veeck] made was, 'We're in this together,' " Doby tells host Dick Schaap in this respectful biography. Though Doby made his debut to less fanfare than had Jackie Robinson three months earlier, he had an equally illustrious career, in which he was named to seven American League All-Star teams and twice led the league in homers. "You don't have to love me," Doby used to say during his playing days, "just respect me."


Friday 7/4

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