Stadium so-long shows will keep VCRs in town busy this weekend

October 04, 1991|By Steve McKerrow

Sunday's final Orioles home game at Memorial Stadium, marking the ballyard's retirement from the major leagues after 38 years, has brought forth a flood of television memorials that viewers might wish to videotape.

Here is a brief rundown:

* Maryland Public Television (Channels 22 and 67) has a two-hour package of related specials on Saturday night.

At 8 p.m. is "Baseball: The Birds on 33rd," a new hour-long special full of reminiscences, including appearances (on tape) by a large number of former Orioles, including Andy Etchebarren, Paul Blair, Davey Johnson, Don Baylor and, of course, Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer.

Following at 9 p.m. is "Baseball's Heirlooms," a tour of other venerable parks in the United States, and at 9:30 a repeat of "Hardshell Hardball," a 1988 special that retraces the history of baseball in Baltimore.

* Also at 8 p.m. Saturday, WJZ-Channel 13's ode to the ballpark is cleverly titled "Diamonds Aren't Forever," with sports director John Buren, commentator Michael Olesker and other WJZ news figures.

* The Channel 13 program will also be repeated at 7 p.m. Sunday on Home Team Sports, which shares the broadcast station's affiliation with Group W Broadcasting.

* At noon on Sunday, Channel 11 offers an hour-long special, "Memories From 33rd Street," with Vince Bagli, Gerry Sandusky and Butch Alsandor.

* Also on Sunday, Channel 2's coverage of the final home game (against Detroit) gets under way at noon with a rebroadcast of this week's special, "Magic Moments at Memorial Stadium." At 1 p.m., a special one-hour edition of "Orioles on Deck" precedes the 2 p.m. game.

And the station says its coverage will also include post-game ceremonies. Channel 2 will join NBC's regular National Football League coverage in progress at the conclusion of the Memorial Stadium events.

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