NBA – 1987 – Special Tribute – Dr J The Man & The Legend – Final Season Highlights Of Julius Erving

Julius Erving (born February 22, 1950) is commonly and better known by the nickname Dr. J….Doc…, is an American retired basketball player….who helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and playing above the rim…..while helping legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA)….as the unquestioned best-known player in that league when it merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the 1975–76 season. Julius…

MLB – 1985 – Kirk Douglas Profiles The Braves Terry Forester + Bob Watson + Bruce Benedict

Terry Jay Forster (born January 14, 1952) is a retired left-handed relief pitcher who played for 16 seasons in the Major Leagues….as he played for five teams in his career and recorded 127 saves during his time in the majors.  Forster became a free agent and signed with the Atlanta Braves for the 1983 season. He had an efficient three seasons, compiling…

MLB – 1983 – Unofficial Baseball Handbook Special – Do Not Step On That Line – Baseball Superstitions

Superstition is a pejorative term for any belief or practice that is considered irrational or supernatural….for example, if it arises from ignorance, a misunderstanding of science or causality, a positive belief in fate or magic, or fear of that which is unknown. It is commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy, and certain spiritual beings, particularly the belief that future events can be foretold…

Music – 1986 – John Williams And Boston Pops – Stars & Stripes Forever + The Washington Post

At the Liberty Weekend Celebration in New York Harbor on July 4, 1986…..conductor John Williams And the Boston Pops Orchestra performs throughout the entire USA Independence Day celebration….with one particular segment that of the celebration that provides a rousing American feeling while performing two famous John Phillip Souza marches….The Stars and Stripes Forever and The Washington Post…

MLB – 1985 – N Y Yankees Chase For The Pennant – With Earl Weaver + Frank Robinson + Tim McCarver

During the 1985 Major League Baseball season, HBO Sports would air a bi-monthly Chase For The Pennant show….which was typically hosted by Barry Tompkins and Tim McCarver…..with interchanging guest from the MLB universe whose opinions were valued in the community….as evidenced by Hall of Fame player Orioles Frank Robinson….and his Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver on…

Music – 1982 – J Giels Band – Bad O Rama

The J. Geils Band was an American rock band formed in 1968, in Worcester, Massachusetts, under the leadership of guitarist John “J.” Geils….when the original band members included vocalist Peter Wolf, harmonica and saxophone player Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz, drummer Stephen Bladd, vocalist/keyboardist Seth Justman and bassist Danny Klein…..while Wolf and Justman served as principal songwriters. The band played R&B-influenced blues rock during the 1970’s….and soon achieved commercial success before moving towards a more mainstream radio-friendly sound in…

MLB – 1984 – Unofficial Baseball Handbook – Favorite And Over Used Cliches – With Bob Costas

A cliché or cliche is an expression, idea or element of an artistic work….which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect….even to the point of being trite or irritating….especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. In phraseology, the term has taken on a more technical meaning….referring to an expression imposed…

Music – 1986 – Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love Of All – Performed At Liberty Weekend

Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress…..who was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records….and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide.  She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums….all of which have been…

MLB – 1985 – Baseball Behind The Seams Special – Critics Are The Beloved Enemies – With Kirk Douglas

In 1985, WTBS aired a weekly baseball television special call Baseball Behind The Seams….which was hosted by actor Kirk Douglas….who really loved baseball….and in this episode, Spartacus explores the relationship between the ballplayer and the journalist….with lots of focus on the “interview”…..as this is as much a part of baseball as what goes on in the fields of play. …