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The Way It Was is a show featuring athletes reminiscing about a classic sporting event. The bulk of the 30-minute broadcast was dedicated to rebroadcasting the game, uninterrupted but in edited form, with a short 5-minute discussion segment at the end of the show. Gerry Gross, who created Sports Challenge, produced the show in association with KCET-TV.[1] PBS aired the show from October 3, 1974[1] to 1978. Curt Gowdy hosted the show, which also featured six athletes from the event discussed in the show.[1]

In 1976, the show was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Edited Sports Series."[2]

Reruns currently air on ESPN Classic, occasionally under banner titles such as NFL's Greatest Games or Classic World Series Film.

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