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Sports Challenge 

Game show where teams of famous athletes compete to win sporting goods for a favorite charity by answering questions about famous sports events; the game concludes with a "Bonus Biography" ... See full summary »






Series cast summary:
Frank Howard Frank Howard ...  Self 1 episode, 1973
Denny McLain Denny McLain ...  Self 1 episode, 1973
Bill Russell ...  Self 1 episode, 1973
Ted Williams ...  Self 1 episode, 1973


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Game show where teams of famous athletes compete to win sporting goods for a favorite charity by answering questions about famous sports events; the game concludes with a "Bonus Biography" round where a famous sports athlete's story is read while the subject is silhouetted; and the teams must solve his/her life story and then he/she shows up. Written by Brian Henke <Cincy43235@aol.com>

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The "Sports Challenge" syndicated color television game show prize monies were donated to charity. The game show was video-taped on the Las Vegas' Strip Hilton Hotel's main theater show-room stage, with an audience present. The Las Vegas Hilton Hotel hosted the television "Sports Challenge" game show because the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel's room occupancy provided the production company's extremely large guest sport's participants a full week of accommodations. The Hilton's main show-room's nightly show stage set was cleared from the stage after the last scheduled midnight performance. The Las Vegas Hilton's main show-room theater was taken over by game show stage crew at 2:00 a.m.. The production designer Hub Braden, arriving for his morning call at 3:00 a.m., supervised every stage set-up, including the television game show's hard-wall backgrounds, set stairs and platforms with the host-moderator's center platform desk, and left and right side guest desk wings completing the scenic elements. The stage floor was covered with 36" square Grey tile-linoleum sheets for a typical "Hollywood" style shined-buffed glossy dance floor appearance. The change-over of the stage, setting up the "Sports Challenge" television stage set began at 3:00 a.m.; with lighting the game stage set beginning approximately at 7:00 a.m.; with the remote television 3 video-tape cameras and sound microphone requirements completed by 10:00 a.m.. Host Dick Enberg appeared on stage at 10:00 a.m. for a preliminary cast camera rehearsal, establishing camera blocking shots, followed by make-up. Five color TV spontaneous, unrehearsed, game show programs were video-taped each day. This daily routine, turning around the main-stage conversion into a television studio, established the show's routine week schedule. This pattern of taping the syndicated game show began in 1971, continuing through-out each year to 1973. Dick Enberg hosted every "Sports Challenge" game show. See more »


Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #3.6 (2016) See more »

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Memorable sports quiz show with sports greatest athletes.
3 January 2012 | by huggybear277See all my reviews

The incredible Dick Enberg was host. Everything Dthis Hall of Fame announcer said always sounded exciting. I remember seeing Yankees vs. Yankees. There was Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford and I think Yogi Berra or Roger Maris competing against Tommy Henrich, Joe Dimaggio and Lefty Gomez ,if I'm not mistaken. To see these greats and others answering questions and being spontaneous showed their personalities. Great moments and clips(Louis-Schmelling fights, Jesse Owens, Eddie Arcaro, Babe Ruth, etc )introduced by Dick Enberg made this a unique and exciting show for a sports crazy and sports trivia fan like myself as a kid.

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