Special – 1961 To 1986 – ABCs Wide World Of Sports 25th Anniversary – Host Jim McKay

DOG COMMENTARY:    ABC’s Wide World of Sports is an American sports anthology television program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from April 29, 1961 to January 3, 1998….when it appeared primarily on Saturday afternoons…..and was hosted by the “elegant and eloquent” voice of Jim McKay until 1987….after which a succession of co-hosts began to appear….but the title continued to be…

Pool – 1979 – ABC Special – Trick Pool Shots – With Steve Miserac + Irving Crane + Ernie Costa

DOG ASIDE:    We have posted around 250 television specials from back in the day….like specials on rock climbing….or skiing down Mt Everest….or the World Bellyflop Diving Competition….or the transatlantic flight Double Eagle II, the 1st hot air balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean….or an actual space walk in 1978….and the list goes on….but we…

Special – 1982 – The Ultimate Car Stunt – The Grand Canyon Colorado River Jump – Host Cathy Crosby

DOG ASIDE:    ABC’S Wide World of Sports has always pushed the envelop  when it came to creating stunts that were both adventurous and dangerous…..which seemed to draw tons of television viewers….with none more adventurous or daring than stuntman Dar Robertson trying to jump the Grand Canyon Colorado River….as Dar was the existing long jump…

Special – 1978 – The Flight of Double Eagle II – A TransAtlantic Hot Air Balloon Adventure

DOG COMMENTARY:     Double Eagle II was piloted by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman….as it became the first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean….when it landed August 17, 1978 in Miserey (near Paris)  137 hours 6 minutes after leaving Presque Isle, Maine….for it could have been regarded as a successful crossing at the point that the Double Eagle II crossed the Irish coast on the evening of August 16th….as an event…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 Time Trials – The Last Hour – Larry Rice & Paul Hawkey

DOG COMMENTARY:    The last hour of qualifying for the Indy 500 each year is a pressure packed situation each and every year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway…..and Bump Day, Sunday, May 21 1978 was no different only moreso….as tje car of Jim Hurtubise drew controversy on this particular day….as the final day of time trials…

Music – 1986 – July 4th Liberty Weekend In New York Harbor – With John Williams + The Boston Pops Orchestra

DOG COMMENTARY:    Liberty Weekend was a four-day celebration of the 1984 restoration and the centenary of the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) in New York City….as It began on July 3 and ended on July 6, 1986.   On the morning of July 4, 1986 the battleships and sailing ships of old took part in a naval revue…

Sky Diving – 1979 – U S Sky Diving Championship

DOG ASIDE:     Parachuting, or skydiving, is a method of transiting from a high point to Earth with the aid of gravity…. involving the control of speed during the descent with the use of a parachute….which may involve more or less free-falling….a period during which the parachute has not been deployed….and the body gradually accelerates to terminal velocity. …

Boxing – 1980 – Special – Howard Cosell Interviews Larry Holmes + Muhammad Ali Prior To Their Fight

DOG COMMENTARY:      There never was before….and there never has been since….an athlete who brought more to the world than Muhammad Ali….who just happens to be our favorite athlete ever at ImaSportsphile….for not only was Ali beautiful in the ring….he was beautiful in the heart and mind….cuz his message was simple….his message in live was…

Boxing – 1980 – 15 Rnd WBC Featherweight Title Fight – Ruben Castillo Vs Salvador Sanchez

DOG ASIDE:    We have often talked about how much we enjoyed watching Salvador Sanchez in the ring….as we consider him to have been the most talented Mexican boxer ever.  Sánchez started his professional career at the age of 16….and as a teenager (after a brief amateur career consisting of reportedly 4 amateur bouts) he…