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Multiple Years / This Week in Baseball - 1979
Beginning in 1977, This Week in Baseball was a 30-minute syndicated highlight show packaged by Major League Baseball. It ususally aired on stations that had the rights to broadcast MLB games. In its glory years, Mel Allen was the narrator (as he was in this brief clip from an August 1979 episode). With the establishment of ESPN and nightly sports highlight shows, TWIB gradually lost its importance. Over time TWIB changed from a general highlights show to mainly fluff pieces that focused on specific teams or players. To many fans, Mel Allen's death in 1996 was a clear milestone that marked the show's slow, irretrievable decline. It was cancelled in 2012.