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RIP Bill Flemming

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by slappy4428, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member


    Michigander made mark all around 'Wide World'

    July 24, 2007


    Bill Flemming was known for his trips around the world. Name an exotic locale, and he probably had been there for his job with ABC's "Wide World of Sports."

    But Flemming, the well-known TV sportscaster who made his name on "Wide World" and worked in the business for nearly 60 years, was a Michigan man all the way. He grew up in Ann Arbor, graduated from the University of Michigan, raised his family in Bloomfield Hills and spent the last decade summering at his cottage in Good Hart, Mich., until he died Friday from prostate cancer at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey at age 80.
  2. Pencil Dick

    Pencil Dick Member

    Does anyone recall the name of the Sunday morning college football show Flemming hosted in which they showed highlights from Saturday's games?

    I always wanted to skip church to watch it (seems like it came on at 11 a.m. Central). It was broadcast probably during the early '70s.
  3. D-Backs Hack

    D-Backs Hack Guest

    It was called College Football '77, '78, etc. There's a short piece about it on page 3 of this NCAA News archive (PDF link):


    That show was a nice treat before the NFL games started.

    If you watched any college football in the 1970s -- because at that time, during the regular season, ABC was it -- you've lost an old friend.

  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    If memory serves me, he was also Art Flemming's brother... yeah, THAT Art Flemming
  5. Big part of my childhood viewing.
    The old Wide World of Sports was my favorite sports television of all time.
  6. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    Bill Flemming was the Jim Simpson of ABC Sports. Solid, not flashy, handled the regional games with some national exposure. Never a star, always a pro.
    That Sunday morning show started in the late 60s, I think, and went nearly to the end of the NCAA TV deal that the Supreme Court tossed out. Flemming went from his game to Chicago, where it was put together, to narrate it in the middle of the night.
  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I dug Bill Flemming. His enthusiasm always came through and helped make me a college football fan.
  8. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    Always at his best on those "Wide World" reruns of NASCAR races.
  9. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    Flemming was the man.

  10. suburbanite

    suburbanite Active Member

    I remember those highlights, with the marching band music in the background. Watched them every Sunday morning.

    And didn't he also do the Prudential College Scoreboard, sometimes, too?

    RIP, Bill.
  11. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    Is Jim Simpson still alive?
  12. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    He is if Wikipedia is correct. Did a basketball game or two on ESPN Classic in 2005.
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