MLB – 1983 – Unofficial Baseball Handbook Special – Interview Comedians – With Phillies Tug McGraw

Whereas relief pitchers are not given the opportunity to bat frequently….that was not so with Tug McGraw….who was allowed to bat leading off the sixth inning of a 6-0 blowout at the hands of the Montreal Expos on September 8, 1971…..when he rewarded his manager’s faith in him by putting the Mets on the board with…

Music – 1979 – Loni Anderson + Songs Of The Funnies – Popeye The Sailor Man + Barney Google + Annie

American comics developed out of such magazines as Puck, Judge, and Life….with the success of illustrated humor supplements in the New York World and later the New York American, particularly Outcault’s The Yellow Kid, led to the development of newspaper comic strips….as early Sunday strips were full-page and often in color.   A comic strip or The Funnies are a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display…

Music – 1979 – The Blues Brothers – I Got Everything I Need, Almost + Trying to Get Next To You

The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd fronted the band, in character, respectively, as lead vocalist ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues. The band was composed of previously well-known musicians….and debuted as the musical guest on the April 22, 1978, episode of Saturday…

Music – 1986 – The Shmenge Brothers – Cabbage Rolls And Coffee – With John Candy + Eugene Levy

The Shmenge Brothers were a fictional polka duo….who along with their band The Happy Wanderers were featured on the SCTV television comedy program in 1982 – 1983. They were played by John Candy as clarinetist Yosh Shmenge and Eugene Levy as accordionist Stan Shmenge. The Shmenge Brothers and their audience are mostly Eastern European expatriates from the fictional country of Leutonia.  John Candy based the characters on Czechoslovakian-born Edmonton-based…

MLB – 1983 – Unofficial Baseball Handbook – Conducting Interviews + Zany Fans + Ballpark Dogs

We have often commented on videos that come up which simply “tickle our fancy” here at ImaSportsphile….and the subjects covered in the footage of this particular Unofficial Baseball Handbook piece…..where hosts Jim, Sean and Mike cover a range of subjects commonplace in baseball, but rarely talked about.  Sean Mooney kicks off with a piece about the subject of “How…

MLB – 1983 – Unofficial Baseball Handbook – Tug McGraw Discusses How To Conduct MLB Interviews

One of those “life’s unexpected surprises” happened for us here at ImaSportsphile when we ran across the series of “Unofficial Baseball Handbook” clips that this video came from….for it is truly a different angle to the game of Major League Baseball…..as host Sean Mooney takes the viewer through a whimsical look at the comedians in the game….and how…

Comedy – 1983 – Special – Smothers Brothers Young Comedians Show – Featuring Richard Lewis

Richard Philip Lewis (born June 29, 1947) is an American stand-up comedian and actor….who came to prominence in the 1980’s as a comedian specializing in self-deprecating humor before turning to acting. He is known for co-starring in the comedy series Anything but Love (1989–92) and for his recurring and semi-autobiographical role in Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000–present). Lewis began performing stand-up comedy in the…