MLB – 1910 To 1950 – The Story Of Black Baseball + The Negro League – With Host Audrey Kates

We at ImaSportsphile are just “tickled pink” to have these excerpts from the 1980 made for TV special The Boys In The Field….cuz it provides the very best footage of highlights from action in The Negro Professional Baseball Leagues from 1910 to 1950….for these video clips are nothing less than “pure gold” in our treasure chest of vintage memories…

MLB – 1980 – Boys In The Field – Audrey Kates Addresses The Trend Of Fewer Blacks Involved In MLB

While growing up as a boy in West Texas during the 1950’s and 1960’s…..baseball was definitely KING when it came to popularity of sports…..with football running a fairly close 2nd…..while all other sports were a distant 3rd…..so, this was the period when the most numbers of blacks came into MLB…..especially considering that Jackie Robinson was…

MLB – September 1983 – This Week In Baseball – The Milwaukee Brew Crew Pitching Carries The Club

The 1983 Milwaukee Brewers season was guided by Manager Harvey Kuenn….and led by “Harvey’s Wall Bangers”….which included Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper and Gorman Thomas….with a pitching staff that included Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Don Sutton….along with Moose Haas, Tom Candiotti and Pete Vukovich….in which all were  involved the Brewers finishing 5th in the American League East with a…

MLB – 1947 – Interviews With Red Barber + Joe Black + Al Gionfriddo About Dodgers Jackie Robinson

In 1997, MLB retired Jackie Roosevelt Robinson’s uniform number 42 across all major league teams….which made him the first professional athlete in any sport to be so honored….plus, MLB also adopted a new annual tradition of “Jackie Robinson Day”….when for the first time on April 15, 2004 that every player on every team wears No. 42…..which is still recognized…

MLB – 1980 – Audrey Kates Interview Red Sox Jim Rice On What Its Like Being Only Black On MLB Roster

Jim Rice is a former Major League Baseball left fielder and designated hitter….who played his entire 16-year baseball career for the Boston Red Sox….when in the late 1970’s….he was part of one of the sport’s great outfields along with Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans….who was his teammate for his entire career….as Rice continued the tradition of his predecessors Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski….as a power-hitting left…

MLB – Sept 1983 – This Week In Baseball – ChiSox Puts A Strangle Hold On Division – With Mel Allen

This video showcases the Toronto Blue Jays winning their 9th extra innings game in a row….while leading their Division in mid-September…..which shifts highlights of the Chicago White Sox dominating their division on the arm of P Waite Hoyt….and the Mel Allen shifts to the Oakland A’s “golden thief” Rickey Henderson….who had 14 steals in a six game…

MLB – 1947 – Baseball Greatest Hits – Highlights – Bob Feller + Roy Campanella + Larry Doby + Bob Lemon

Truly one of the greatest baseball programs to grace the spectrum of televised sports…. was the ESPN produced and George Grande hosted Baseball’s Greatest Hits series that aired on their network during the decade of the 1980’s.   Baseball’s Greatest Hits has provided ImaSportsphile with some of our most prized baseball footage of “old time” teams, games and players that we…

MLB – 1947 To 1956 – The Story Of Jackie Robinson – With Hostess Audrey Kates

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era…..as he broke the baseball color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.  When the Dodgers signed Robinson….they heralded the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880’s. Robinson was…

MLB – 1980 – Audrey Kates Interviews Hank Aaron On The Impact Of Jackie Robinson In His Career

There were five legendary outfielders in Major League Baseball during the Golden Age of Baseball from 1951 to 1976…..to include Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Duke Snyder and Hank Aaron…..who between them set a standard of excellence that has not been seen either prior to or since they graced the outfields of MLB…..as each one was…