'Wide World of Sports' crash hits home

Originally Published: April 29, 2011
By Patrick Hruby | Page 2

Editor's note: To mark the 50th anniversary of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" on Friday, Page 2 looks back at one of the series' enduring memories.

He had a name. Vinko Bogataj. A pin-wheeling rubber man, sliding and spinning, now aloft, now grounded, still tumbling, time and again, forever wiping out for our amusement. Did we ever look away? He had a name. He was somebody's son. Vinko Bogataj. The fall guy. Defeat incarnate.

He had dreams. Maybe it's best to start there. ...

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