Special – 1947 To 1955 – Sports Legend Doak Walker – The Most Celebrated Athlete – Host Paul Hornung

DOG COMMENTARY:    Two days after being discharged from the Merchant Marine…Doak Walker appeared in his first college football game for Southern Methodist University….while playing in just five games for the Mustangs in the 1945 season….but was sufficiently impressive as a halfback and placekicker as to win All-Southwest Conference honors and a spot in the annual East–West Shrine Game in San Francisco….when he threw a…

Special – 1987 – Stroh’s Circle Of Sports – Walter Payton + Fenway Park + O J Simpson + Pete Rose

DOG ASIDE:  During the decade of the 1980’s….Stroh’s beer would try to compete with the Anheiser-Busch and Miller beers in the world of sports….not only by advertising on sports programs….but also in sponsoring and producing sports programs….and this Stroh’s Circle of Sports production featuring Robert Conrad as host was their signature program….and it was really quite good….especially…

Special – 1982 – Highlights – George Plimpton Reviews The Year In Sports

DOG COMMENTARY:    George Plimpton was probably a Sportsphile and he just did not know it….but this literary master was seemingly a sincere lover of all sports….as he wrote books about them like Paper Lion…. while he was the host of sports programs like Sports Legend: Curt Gowdy….plus he produced and syndicated sports programs like this George Plimpton’s…

Special – 1981 – NBCs Sportsworld – Nolan Ryan 5th No Hitter & Tex Cobb Interview & MLB Hilites

DOG COMMENTARY:    Every time we at ImaSportsphile get to post a vintage ABC Wide World of Sports or a CBS Sports Saturday/Sunday or an NBC SportsWorld….we get excited because we know we are going to get to watch something that is really good and interesting….and things in the sports world that don’t happen very often….and this NBC…

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…

Special – 1986 – CBSs The Year In Sports – A Journey Through Time

DOG COMMENTARY:      This 1986 CBS review of sports throughout the year hosted by Tim Ryan….provides sports fans with wonderful highlights which cover the major developments throughout the universe of sports in a year in which the Chicago Bears spanked the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XX by a score of 46…

Special – 1984 – Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of Year Show – Mary Lou Retton + Edwin Moses Winners

DOG COMMENTARY:    The year 1984 was a phenomenal year in sports…..wherein Bears Walter Payton broke Browns Jim Brown NFL rushing record….the Miami Hurricanes won the National Championship Game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers by a score of 31 – 30…..Doug Flutie wins the Heisman Trophy and the Flutie Hail Mary forever be etched in the minds of…

Special – 1985 – Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Show – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Winner

DOG COMMENTARY:      The year in sports in 1985 provided many magical moments and some incredible athletic achievements…. including the San Francisco 49’ers climaxing a great season by beating the Miami Dolphins 38 – 16 to win Super Bowl XIX….and Pete Rose breaking Ty Cobb’s career hits record of 4191….while both future Hall of…