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Happy Felton's Knothole Gang

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Original Air Date:
1950
Channel:
WOR-TV 9
Prod. Co.:
WOR TV Ch.9 NYC
Genre:
Live Action
 

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Host/ Performer/ Interviewer/ Instructor - Happy Felton
 
This instructional baseball program debuted on WOR TV Ch.9 in NYC in the spring of 1950. Unlike "The Joe DiMaggio Show", "Happy Felton's Knothole Gang!" did not use film clips and off camera narrations to teach kids how to improve their baseball game. The show aired live on location from such well known NYC ballparks as Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, Dodgers Stadium and Giants Stadium in Brooklyn.

Felton (A former vaudeville, stage and radio comic actor and musicial entertainer) and a group of professtional baseball players would show a group of Little Leaguers how to improve their game by using basic techniques. The kids would then use the techniques shown to them by the pros and then the kids would play in a real game with their idols for a chance to win scholarships for their schools and toy prizes, tickets to movies and up coming baseball games.

"Happy Felton's Knothole Gang!" was seen weekday afternoons and Saturday afternoons on Ch.9. from Friday April 21, 1950 until the station execs at WOR TV finally closed up Happy Felton's knothole in the ball parks for good on Saturday August 24, 1957.
 
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