Horse Racing – 1986 – ABCs Jack Whitaker Remembers His 1st Kentucky Derby In 1965 And His 15 Others

This video is an excerpt from an ESPN 1986 Kentucky Derby special that was aired the night before the big race ESPN anchor Greg Gumble interviews longtime ABC horse racing sportscaster, Jack Whitaker….regarding his 15 different Derby’s that he had covered over the previous 21 years….when he relates a story about his first Kentucky Derby…

Horse Racing – 1986 – ABCs Jim McKay – Profile Of Underrated Kentucky Derby Favorite Snow Chief

Snow Chief was an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse….who was one of several winners produced by the mare Miss Snowflake…..who was conditioned by veteran California trainer Mel Stute,. Snow Chief made nine starts at age two….while winning five….including the Norfolk Stakes and the Hollywood Futurity…..whose 1985 performances earned him California Horse of the Year honors….but Tasso, the 1985 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, was voted the Eclipse Award for American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. As a…

MLB – 1943 To 2002 – Inside Baseball Special – Tribute To Legendary MLB Broadcaster Ernie Harwell

William Earnest “Ernie” Harwell (January 25, 1918 – May 4, 2010) was an American sportscaster….who was known for his long career calling play-by-play of Major League Baseball games….where for 55 seasons….with 42 of them with the Detroit Tigers….Harwell called the action on radio and/or television.  In January 2009, the American Sportscasters Association ranked Harwell 16th on its list of Top 50 Sportscasters of All Time.   Harwell was known for…

MLB – 1986 – All Star Game Special – Mel Allen Salutes The Old Timers & Provides Highlight Of Game

This wonderful piece of Major League Baseball history is narrated by the legendary voice of the New York Yankees, Mel Allen….who was also the voice of the tremendously popular MLB weekly show, This Week In Baseball  …..which was abbreviated as TWIB pronounced phonetically….was an American syndicated television series which focused on Major League Baseball highlights…..and was broadcast weekly during baseball season program that…

Boxing – 1986 – HBO Sports Special Feature – Career Highlights Of Terrible Tim Witherspoon

Tim Witherspoon (born December 27, 1957) is an American former professional boxer that competed from 1979 to 2003….who was a two-time world heavyweight champion….after having held the WBC title in 1984….and the WBA title in 1986….plus Witherspoon also worked as a regular sparring partner for Muhammad Ali. Making his professional debut with a first-round TKO over Joe Adams on October 30, 1979….Terrible Tim quickly rose through the ranks….when in 1981,…

Boxing – 1986 – Special – The Magic Of Cuz DAmato As Seen Through Floyd Patterson & Mike Tyson

Constantine “Cus” D’Amato (January 17, 1908 – November 4, 1985) was an American boxing manager and trainer….who handled the careers of José Torres, Floyd Patterson and Mike Tyson….all of whom went on to become world champions and members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.  Several successful boxing trainers….including Teddy Atlas, Kevin Rooney and Joe Fariello…..were all tutored by D’Amato…..who was a proponent of…

Boxing – 1986 – Tim Ryan + Gil Clancy Preview 10 Rnd Middlewt Bout – Doug DeWit Vs Milt McCrory

In this prefight video of the 1986 CBS Sports Saturday presentation of the 10 round middleweight bout between Doug DeWitt vs Milton McCrory…..Tim Ryan and Gil Clancy profile the careers of both fighters as they are about to enter the ring for their fight against each other.  Doug DeWitt is an American former World Middleweight Champion…..who was…

Boxing – 1985 – HBO Boxing Special Feature – The Making Of Michael Spinks Body Into A Heavyweight

The transition of a light heavyweight boxer into a heavyweight boxer has historically been a difficult task to accomplish successfully….and this is especially true when transforming a light heavyweight champion into a heavyweight champion…..with the most successful transition being the transformation of Evander Holyfield….albeit was Michael Spinks who was the 1st light heavyweight champion to…

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

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.”….where both Americans and non-Americans are eligible, though in the past the vast majority of winners have been from the United States….with both men and women have won…