KID GLOVES (1951) – This joyously tasteless program from the early years of television featured children AGE THREE TO TWELVE beating each other’s brains out in boxing matches. No, I’m not joking.
In a slight concession (NOT “concussion”) to the tender ages of the combatants the matches were limited to just three rounds of 30 seconds each. Still plenty of time for head and facial injuries plus the loss of teeth.
Bill Sears hosted the show from Philadelphia with color commentary by John “Ox” Da Grosa, former assistant coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kid Gloves debuted on February 24th, 1951 and aired for the final time on August 18th of that same year. The program’s mere 6-month run was attributed to its difficulty in attracting sponsors despite its audience popularity.
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