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Heywood Hale Broun (March 10, 1918 – September 5, 2001) was an author, sportswriter, commentator and actor. He was born and reared in New York City, the son of writer and activist Ruth Hale and newspaper columnist Heywood Broun.

In 1940, Broun joined the staff at the New York tabloid PM as a sportswriter. His career was interrupted by World War II in which he served in the United States Army field artillery. When the war ended he returned to the PM newspaper and wrote for its successor, the New York Star, which ceased operations in 1949.

Nicknamed “Woodie”, Broun joined CBS in 1966, where he worked for two decades as a color commentator on a wide variety of sporting events, including the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing. He produced interesting featurettes for the Saturday edition of the CBS Evening News. Broun was noted for his eloquent speaking manner, his trademark handlebar moustache, and the colorful and garish sport coats which he wore while reporting.

Broun’s Saturday features took him to various points in the world and reporting on various sports. One such place was to Montreal in 1969, when he profiled the new Expos.

In 2002, ESPN Classic debuted a series devoted to Broun’s reporting, titled Woodie’s World. The 30 minute program typically featured four stories from Broun’s Saturday featurettes with current information inserted as needed.

Woodie’s World ran for 36 episodes from 2002 through 2005. Beginning in 2009, ESPN Classic brought the series back in reruns, which continue to air sporadically on the network.

This feature was one such ESPN Classic episode.

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