Boxing – 1986 – ABCs Jim McKay Remembers Boxer Barry McGuigan Uniting A Divided Ireland

DOG ASIDE: Finbar Patrick ‘Barry’ McGuigan MBE (born 28 February 1961) is an Irish retired professional boxer and current boxing promoter. Born in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland, McGuigan was nicknamed The Clones Cyclone and became the WBA and lineal featherweight world champion. He was very popular with Irish and British audiences, representing neutrality and peace in a time when Ireland, where he lived, was affected by The Troubles….which was an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland during the late…

Figure Skating – 1977 – Jim McKay Showcases USA Gymnasts + Figure Skaters On China Exhibition Trips

DOG ASIDE: I have written on many occasions while posting videos with ABC sports commentator Jim McKay behind the mike….for he is without question this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile’s favorite sportscaster of other sports than football, baseball, boxing and basketball…..for he brought the sports world more different sports from many more different places than any…

Horse Racing – 1987 – Special – The Eloquence & Elegance Of Jim McKay Welcomes World To Derby Day

DOG ASIDE: As far as we are concerned here at ImaSportsphile…..when it comes to welcoming entire living rooms’ full of people to a live sporting event on television…..there was NOBODY that compared to ABC Sports Jim McKay…..as we consider him to be the most elegant and eloquent host of any sporting event to ever grace…

Figure Skating – 1988 – ABCs Jim McKay Profiles CAN Brian Orser – Up Close And Personal

DOG ASIDE: Brian Ernest Orser (born 18 December 1961) is a former competitive and professional figure skater for Canada….who is the 1984 Los Angeles Games and 1988 Seoul Games Olympic silver medalist….1987 World champion….and eight-time Canadian national champion from 1981 – 1988.  The rivalry between Brian Orser and American figure skater Brian Boitano….who were the two favorites to win the gold…

Gymnastics – 1970 – ABCs Jim McKay Remembers USA Cathy Rigby And Her Effect On American Gymnastics

DOG ASIDE: Cathleen Roxanne Rigby (born December 12, 1952) was known as Cathy Rigby…who is an actress, speaker, and former artistic gymnast….where her performance in the 1968 Mexico Olympics helped to popularize the sport of gymnastics in the United States. Cathy Rigby was the highest-scoring American gymnast at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics….which helped her become a favorite with American television audiences….thus helping…

Horse Racing – 1987 – ABC Sports Kentucky Derby Special – Singing Of My Old Kentucky Home

DOG ASIDE: “My Old Kentucky Home“ is an anti-slavery ballad originally as written by Stephen Foster in 1852. Foster likely composed the song after having been inspired by the narrative of popular anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin….while likely referencing imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown, Kentucky farm called Federal Hill. Today, the song My Old Kentucky Home remains an important composition due…

Horse Racing – 1986 – ABC Sports 112th Kentucky Oaks Race – Featuring Winner Tiffany Lass

DOG ASIDE: The Kentucky Oaks is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies run annually in Louisville, Kentucky….in a race which currently covers 1 1⁄8 miles (1,800 m) at Churchill Downs….as the horses carry 121 pounds (55 kg). The Kentucky Oaks is held on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby each year. The winner gets $600,000 of the $1M purse….along with a large garland of lilies affectionately called the “Lillies for…

Horse Racing – 1987 – Special – Jim McKay Provides A Historic Tour Of Maryland + Pimlico Racetrack

DOG ASIDE: Pimlico Race Track is a thoroughbred horse racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland….which is most famous for hosting the Preakness Stakes….the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown….whose name is derived from the 1660’s when English settlers named the area where the facility currently stands in honor of Olde Ben Pimlico’s Tavern in London….as the racetrack is nicknamed “Old Hilltop” after a small rise in the infield that became…

Daredevils – 1986 – Jim McKay Features The Master Of Daredevil Stunts – The Story Of Evel Knievel

DOG ASIDE: Robert Craig Knievel Jr. (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007) was professionally known as Evel Knievel…. was an American stunt performer and entertainer….who over the course of his career would  attempt more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps….whereby in 1974, he failed an attempted canyon jump across Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2….which was a steam-powered rocket.  After the Snake River jump, Knievel returned…