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

DOG ASIDE: Philip Henry Niekro (born April 1, 1939), 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…..whose 318 career victories are the most by a knuckleball pitcher….and ranks 16th on the overall all-time wins list.  Knucksie won the National League (NL) Gold Glove Award five times….was selected for five All-Star teams….who led the…

Golf – 1985 – ESPN SportsCenter Weekend Golf Highlights With Gayle Gardner + Chris Berman

DOG ASIDE: Gayle Gardner (born 1950) is an American sportscaster….who worked for ESPN and NBC Sports beginning in 1987 until 1993….and is considered a pioneer in sports broadcasting….after having been the first female sports anchor to appear weekly on a major network….when afer being hired by ESPN in 1983….Gardner served as a SportsCenter anchor for three years…..as seen in this video herewith co-anchor Chris Berman.  Following…

MLB – 1984 – ESPN SportsCenter With Bob Ley – Featuring MLB Scores And Highlights

DOG ASIDE: Robert A. Ley (born March 16, 1955) is an American sports anchor and reporter for ESPN….who is a  multiple Emmy Award-winner….and he is the longest tenured on-air employee of the network….after having joined ESPN just three days after the network’s 1979 launch. Ley hosts ESPN’s investigative program Outside the Lines….which he has hosted since its inception in…

NBA – 1986 – ESPNs Bob Ley Reports On Celtics #1 Draft Choice Len Bias Is Dead From Cocaine Overdose

DOG ASIDE: Leonard Kevin Bias (November 18, 1963 – June 19, 1986) was a first-team All-American college basketball forward at the University of Maryland….who was selected by the Boston Celtics as the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft on June 17….and died two days later from cardiac arrhythmia induced by a cocaine overdose. He is considered by some sportswriters to be the greatest player not…

Special – 1985 – ESPN SportsCenter With Roger Twibell – Featuring MLB Scores + NFL Point Spreads

DOG ASIDE: Roger Twibell is an American sportscaster….currently in 2018 for the CBS Sports Network…..where he commentates on football  and basketball events most often…while prior to working at CBS Sports….he worked at ABC back in the 1970’s,,,.ESPN most of the 1980’s….along with work on the Big Ten Network. He also works on pre-season games for the Kansas City Chiefs.   In 1978, he joined Boston’s WBZ-TV….handling nightly sportscasts…

MLB – 1984 – ESPN SportsCenter With Bob Ley – Featuring MLB Scores & Highlights

DOG ASIDE: Robert A. Ley (born March 16, 1955) is an American sports anchor and reporter for ESPN….who is a multiple Emmy Award-winner….after being the longest tenured on-air employee of the network….by having joined ESPN just three days after the network’s 1979 launch.  In 1980, Ley hosted the first televised NCAA Selection Show….though the airing would switch to CBS…

Special – 1989 – ESPN SportsCenter With David Sullivan Featuring NHL + Australian Open Tennis + College Basketball

DOG ASIDE: In our opinion at ImaSportsphile….ESPN SportsCenter was the “gold standard” for sports news from the day it came on air  in 1979…..and continued to carry that standard for well into the end of the 20th century.  Since we have been unable to find any reference information about ESPN Sportscaster David Sullivan….seen in this video herewith….we gave…

Special 1985 ESPN SportsCenter With David Sullivan Featuring NHL + College Football + College

DOG ASIDE: SportsCenter was conceived in 1979 and created by ESPN executives Chet Simmons and Scotty Connal….with the program being originally anchored by Chris Berman, George Grande, Greg Gumbel, Lee Leonard, Bob Ley, Sal Marchiano and Tom Mees….of whom Berman and Ley still remain employed with the network as of 2017. George Grande and Lee Leonard….a longtime New York City sportscaster…..introduced the country to ESPN when…

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…