In our modern sports world of high definition broadcasts and all sorts of computer graphics software, we are accustomed to seeing really spectacular graphics during the sports broadcasts we watch. The image above shows some graphics from the Reds vs. Astros game on MLBTV. We see this type of graphics all the time and don't really give them a second thought.
A few nights ago, I was watching a rebroadcast of the 1975 World Series and was struck by the graphics that were available to television broadcasters at the time. To say the least, on screen graphics have come a long way in the 34 years that have passed since then. Without the modern graphics software everyone has today, the graphics were amazingly simple.
Until we had channels like ESPN Classic and now all of the league channels, original broadcasts of games like these had not been seen in any real detail since they ran live. Taking a look at them with today's eyes gives a great perspective of the design resources that were available back then. Compare the score screen from the 1975 World Series to the screen grab of the 2009 MLBTV graphics.
I really don't know why this impacted me the way it did, but it was really cool to look back in time and see how it was done in those days. We are so spoiled by today's slick, colorful sports productions that it is hard to remember that this was the type of stuff we were seeing just a short time ago. (click on the images to see larger versions)