Diving – 1979 – Special – World Belly Flop + Cannonball Championship – With Jim Lampley

One of the real characters of the World Bellyfop Championships Competition was a contestant named Butts Giraud….who was a Canadian entrepreneur, musician, author and a former professional football player and a professional wrestler in North America and England….whereas, we have video proof that Giraud’s greatest talent were displayed when he won the world belly-flop and cannonball championships in 1975,…

MLB – 1981 – NBC Sports Special – Tribute To Nolan Ryan Breaking Sandy Koufax Record Of 4 No Hitters

Houston Astros Pitcher Nolan Ryan established a Major League Baseball pitching record on September 26, 1981….when he broke Dodgers Sandy Koufax MLB record of 4 no hitters pitched….when he basically insured a 5 – 0 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers….while on his way to a record of throwing 7 no-hitters in his 27 year career.  …

Football – 1984 – Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Showcases Candidates From Football

DOG ASIDE: Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsperson of the Year award to “the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement.”  Both Americans and non-Americans are eligible, though in the past the vast majority of winners have been from the United States. Both men and women…

Olympics – 1984 – Jim McKay On USA Edwin Moses Reciting Olympic Oath + Winning 400m Hurdles Gold

DOG ASIDE: In this video, ABC’s Jim McKay pays tribute to USA men’s 400m hurdles legend Edwin Moses…..who was selected by the host USOC to deliver The Olympic Oath at the 1984 Los Angeles Games opening ceremony….who then went on to win the men’s 400m hurdles gold medal.   The Olympic Oath, distinct from the Olympic creed, is a solemn promise made…

Horse Racing – 1985 – Highlights – Year In Racing – Spend A Buck Wins The Derby + John Henry Retires

DOG COMMENTARY: This video features two really great horses and one legendary athlete….as Spend A Buck was a really reat horse who make a heck of a lot of money for his owner….and John Henry is a bronzed  legend in his own right….and so we decided to pay tribute to both in this post herewith….cuz…

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…

Olympics – 1984 – Los Angeles Games – Donna De Varona Interviews USA Carl Lewis After 4th Gold Win

DOG ASIDE: The piece of video represents an absolutely priceless gem in our ImaSportsphile treasure chest of vintage memories…..first and foremost for the “fingerprint” of history that it represents….as Carl Lewis had not only just completed his final leg of a World Record setting race by the USA men’s 4 x 100m relay….but also, the moment…

Track + Field – 1986 – Special – Olympic Hero Wilma Rudolph Speaks For The NCAA And Tells Her Story

DOG ASIDE: Wilma Glodean Rudolph (June 23, 1940 – November 12, 1994) was an American sprinter from Clarksville, Tennessee….who became a world-record-holding Olympic champion and international sports icon in track and field following her successes in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and 1960 Rome Olympic….as Rudolph competed in the 200m dash and won a bronze medal in the 4 × 100-meter relay in 1956….then she won three gold medals in…