“This Week in Baseball” from 1977 is … glorious

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Major League Baseball just announced that MLB Productions Film and Production archives — and new videos too — are going up on iTunes. Included in the archives: the first season of “This Week in Baseball” from 1977.

To celebrate it, MLB has put the opening sequence of TWiB from 1977 online. And it’s … glorious.

Takeaways: how skinny Eddie Murray was. How much foul territory there was in a lot of those old parks. How crappy the groundskeeping was then compared to now. It’s a different game in so many ways today yet, because everything in baseball changes¬†incrementally rather than quickly, that we rarely notice these changes as they’re happening.