"Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport... the thrill of victory... and the agony of defeat... the human drama of athletic competition... This is ABC's Wide World of Sports!" is the introductory tagline made famous by legendary announcer Jim McKay. Beginning with the first telecast of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" on 4/29/61, McKay visited our living rooms on Saturday afternoons and started each show by stating the renowned sports program's mission, to the rousing blare of horns and trumpets. For nearly four full decades McKay and ABC gave us access to countless sporting thrills, including the first televised broadcasts of major events such as the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Daytona 500, the Monaco Grand Prix, the British Open and much, much more.
Keep the memories alive with this early edition Wide World of Sports banner, which was there at the beginning. A rare example acquired from the estate of an ABC executive, this large crimson and cream colored herald has a majestic span of 5'6" wide and 4' high. Five brass eyelet rings are arranged across the top border, to make display a snap. Sprawled across the field is the iconic "map of the world grid" logo and the legend "ABC's Wide World of Sports". Though this high flying relic is now nearly sixty years old, it remains very pleasing with bold graphics and sturdy linen cloth material integrity. Imagine the sets and locations this sacred sports banner graced and you will beam back to some truly classic moments in the "Wide World of Sports".