NCAAF – 1986 – Lindsey Nelson Provides A Walk Down Memory Lane Of The First 50 Cotton Bowl Games

This video provides a wonderful walk down memory lane of the first 50 Cotton Bowl Classic games….as told by legendary sportscaster Lindsey Nelson…..who was behind the mike for all 50….as the story of the fabled game went something like this. The Cotton Bowl Classic was founded in Dallas in 1937 at the Texas State Fair Grounds….when…

NCAAF – 1983 – NBC Special – A Bear Of A Story – Bob Costas Tribute To Alabama Coach Bear Bryant

Paul William “Bear” Bryant (September 11, 1913 – January 26, 1983) was an American college football player and coach….who is best known as the head coach of the University of Alabama football team…..where during his 25-year tenure as Alabama’s head coach….he amassed six national championships….which is tied for the most in modern college football history….and thirteen SEC conference championships….when upon his retirement in 1982,…

MLB – 1985 – Baseball Behind The Seam – Braves C Bruce Benedict Fighting His Job – With Kirk Douglas

Bruce Edwin Benedict (born August 18, 1955) is an American former professional baseball player, coach and scout….who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Atlanta Braves from 1978 to 1989…..after being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 5th round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft…..when he made his major league debut on August 18, 1978, his 23rd birthday. Benedict led National League catchers in 1981 with 73 assists and 48 base runners caught stealing….as his defensive…

NBA – 1987 – Chris Berman Salutes Dr J On His Final Game – With Michael Jordan + Magic Johnson

Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950) is commonly known by the nickname Dr. J….who is an American retired basketball player that helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and playing above the rim.  Erving helped legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA)….and was the best-known player in that league when it merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the 1975–76 season. Dr.…

Music – 1982 – Willie Nelson – Georgia On My Mind + All of Me + Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

Willie Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist….whose critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973)….when combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978)….made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country….which was a sub-genre of…

Music – 1979 – 14 Karat Soul Acapella Group – I Wish That We Were Married + That Is My Baby

14 Karat Soul is an a cappella group from East Orange, N.J…..who were active in the 1980’s. They were originally a strictly doo-wop group….but later branched out into other genres.  The group were featured in the 1980 Mabou Mines short film Sister Suzie Cinema….which was a 20-minute doo-wop opera by Bob Telson and Lee Breuer. The discography of 14 Karat Soul includes several albums and compilations on Pony Canyon for the Japanese market….where the group…

NCAA Football – 1983 – CBS Sports Special – Tribute To Coach Bear Bryant – With Lindsey Nelson + Pat O’Brien

Paul William “Bear” Bryant (September 11, 1913 – January 26, 1983) was an American college football player and coach….who was best known as the head coach of the University of Alabama football team…..where during his 25-year tenure as Alabama’s head coach….he amassed six national championships….a feat that is tied for the most in modern college football history in 2019….along with winning thirteen SEC…

NBA – 1987 – All Star Saturday Night – Legends Game – 1st Half – With Red Auerbach + Bill Russell

Beginning in 1986, TBS televised the various contests from the NBA All-Star Weekend….when in 1987, the slam dunk contest. 3-point shootout and the legends game….as seen in this video herewith….was 1st televised live for the very first time on the network. In the summer of 1987, the Turner Broadcasting System signed a new joint broadcast contract between TBS and TNT….which was effective…

NBA + MLB – 1985 – Sportscenter – MLB HoF Inductees + NBA Action With Greg Gumble + George Grande

Greg Gumbel (born May 3, 1946) is an American television sportscaster…..who is best known for his various assignments for CBS Sports….of which the most notable being the National Football League, NBA and NCAA basketball. The older brother of news and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel….he became the first African-American (and Creole) announcer to call play-by-play of a major sports championship in the United States….when he announced Super Bowl XXXV for the CBS network in 2001. Gumbel is currently…