NFL – 1985 – Hall Of Fame Class – With Joe Namath + Pete Roselle + OJ Simpson + Roger Staubach

DOG ASIDE: Frank “Gunner” Gatski (March 18, 1921 – November 22, 2005) was an American football center who played for the Cleveland Browns of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and the National Football League (NFL) in the 1940’s and 1950’s….who was one of the most heralded centers of his era….as he was known for his strength and consistency….while helping to protect QB Otto Graham….and open…

MLB – 1941 – Special Highlights – New York Yankees OF Joe Dimaggio Hits Safely In 56 Straight Games

DOG ASIDE: New York Yankees centerfielder Joe DiMaggio’s most famous achievement is his MLB record-breaking 56-game hitting streak in 1941…..as seen in this video herewith. The streak began on May 15, 1941, a couple of weeks before the death of Lou Gehrig….when DiMaggio went one-for-four against Chicago White Sox pitcher Eddie Smith….as the major newspapers began to write about…

Track + Field – 1985 – 4th World Cup Special – Interview With 200m Dash Winner USA Kirk Baptiste

DOG ASIDE: Kirk Baptiste (born June 20, 1962) is a retired American track and field athlete….who competed in the sprints….but mainly the 200 meters. He competed for the United States at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics ….where he won the silver medal in the 200m with a time of 19.96 seconds….which was the first time anyone had broken 20…

Horse Racing – 1987 – ABC Jim McKay Showcases Alysheba At 118th Travers Stakes PreRace Review

DOG ASIDE: The Travers Stakes is an American Grade I Thoroughbred horse race held at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York…which is nicknamed the “Mid-Summer Derby”….and is the third-ranked race for American three year olds according to international classifications….behind only the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes….which was first held in 1864, it was named for William R. Travers, the president of the old…

Horse Racing – 1987 – Charlsie Cantey Interviews Derby Favorite Demons Begone Trainer Phil Hauswald

DOG ASIDE: Phil Hauswald grew up 15 minutes away from Churchill Downs with a passion for horses….and a reverence for the Kentucky Derby….for even when he was a grade-school he told people that his ambition was to become a horse trainer….which is a gola that he achieved when he was 28 years old….and in 1987,…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Al Trautwig Behind The Scenes Inside International Broadcast Booths

DOG ASIDE: The Indy 500 is billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing….which is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport….which comprises three of the most prestigious motor sports events in the world….including the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management….but the permanent seating capacity is upwards of 250,000….and infield…

Figure Skating – 1986 – Special Feature – Jim McKay Interview With World Champ USA Debi Thomas

DOG ASIDE: Debra Janine Thomas (born March 25, 1967) is an American former figure skater and physician….who was the 1986 World women’s champion….which she had just won when this Jim McKay interview took place seen in this video herewith….the 1988 Olympic bronze medalist…..and a two-time U.S. national champion. Her rivalry with East Germany’s Katarina Witt at the 1988 Calgary Olympics was known as the Battle…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special Feature – Driver Tom Sneva Hits The Wall And Ends His Day

DOG ASIDE: Thomas E. “Tom” Sneva (born June 1, 1948) is a retired American race car driver….who won the  Indianapolis 500 in 1983. Sneva was a former math teacher….who primarily raced in Indy cars….and was named to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005.  Sneva’s win at Indianapolis followed several runner-up finishes and notable crashes….which got him the nickname “The Gas Man,”….for he…

Special – 1961 To 1986 – ABCs Jim McKay Sums Up The 1st 25 Years Of Wide World Of Sports

DOG ASIDE: 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….while being seen primarily on Saturday afternoons….and hosted by Jim McKay….as seen in this video herewith….with a succession of co-hosts beginning in 1987….as the title continued to be used for general sports…