MLB – 1985 – ESPN Sportscenter Tribute To Phil Niekro 300th Win + Interview With Gayle Gardner

DOG ASIDE: Philip Henry Niekro (born April 1, 1939) and nicknamed “Knucksie” is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher….who played 24 seasons in the majors….with 20 of them with the Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves.  Niekro’s 318 career victories are the most by a knuckleball pitcher….and ranks 16th on the overall all-time wins list….as he won the National League (NL) Gold Glove Award five times….was selected…

MLB – 1981 – Special – CBS Brent Musburger Interview With Reds Pete Rose – Chasing 4192

DOG COMMENTARY:  It has always been thought provoking for me when considering the only two men in baseball history to exceed 4,191 hits…Ty Cobb and Pete Rose….cuz we’re talking over 115 years of MLB….and only two players have ever reached that pinnacle….and these two guys had 420 or more hits than the guy who is…

NFL – 1979 – Special – World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers – A Cut Above

DOG COMMENTARY: The 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers season saw the Steelers successfully defend their Super Bowl Championship from the previous year….as they achieved a 12–4 record….and went on to defeat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV. The Steelers started out to a 4-0 record….when by adding to the previous season….the Steelers had won 12 in a row.  They finished…

MLB – 1981 – Special – HBOs Inside Baseball – Hosts Frank Robinson + Earl Weaver + Barry Tompkins

DOG ASIDE: Race for the Pennant was a weekly sports show that focused on Major League Baseball….while being premiered on Home Box Office (HBO) in 1978.  It was hosted by Len Berman, Tim McCarver, Barry Tompkins, Bob Gibson, Maury Wills, Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver and others. The series started on HBO in 1978 and ended in 1992.    Race for the Pennant was notorious for bringing…

NFL – 1950 to 1990 – NFL Films Special – Greatest Finishes + Unbelievable Comebacks

DOG ASIDE:  This NFL Films production of Greatest Finishes and Comebacks Ever….is a priceless production by the best film company ever to have live footage of NFL contests…..as Ed and Steve Sabol set the “gold standard” for capturing live footage and turning it into awesome stories about the NFL….as evidenced by this 20 minute piece on the greatest…

Music – 1977 – Baseball Special – Mel Allen Does 1st Baseball Rap Song – Baseball Is Dream For Me

DOG COMMENTARY:  Man, it just doesn’t get any better than this….rap and baseball….a match made in Heaven….and starring Mel Allen…..I mean, maybe the greatest voice ever in baseball…..and definitely a legend behind the mike at the ole ball game…..for Mel Allen was very special….as his love for the game comes through every word he spoke….and…

Golf – 1978 To 1982 – Liberty Mutual Legends Of Golf – Highlights From 1st Five Years

DOG COMMENTARY:  Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, was a huge golf fan of Mysterious Mister X Miller Barber….who was an American professional golfer….who enjoyed significant success on the PGA Tour in the 1960’s and 1970’s….while winning 11 PGA events….and even greater success on the Senior PGA Tour, now the Champions Tour, in the 1980’s….where he won 24 PGA Seniors championships.  Miller Barber won…

News – 1989 – Special – NBCs Marv Albert Interviews President George H Bush

DOG COMMENTARY:  This 1989 video of NBC’s Marv Albert interviewing US President George H. Bush on the subject of baseball is precious to us at ImaSportsphile….cuz back in 1957, our Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile played Little League baseball for the Midland Central Little League Braves….and regularly faced faced a Cubs team that was led…

Special – 1981 – Year Of Sports In Review – Host George Plimpton Covers The World Of Sports In 1981

DOG ASIDE:    Nobody produced better highlight reviews of the year in sports than George Plimpton’s syndicated programs….as his specials just seemed to be a little more special than the others produced by various networks….and this review of the year 1981 by Plimpton was no exception.    1981 was an outstanding year in sports….which provided…