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…

NCAA Football – 1987 – CBS Sports 51st Cotton Bowl Classic At The Half With Vern Lundquist + Ara Paseghian + Pat Hayden

DOG ASIDE: Merton Laverne Lundquist Jr. (born July 17, 1940) is an American sportscaster….who began his broadcasting career as sports anchor for WFAA in Dallas and in Austin for KTBC….which makes him special to this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile….cuz he is considered one of Autin’s homeboys….as well as being the radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys….which he joined The Cowboys Radio Network in…

Olympics – 1984 – L A Games Equestrian 3 Day Eventing – Featuring FRA Pascal Marvillers On Gulliver 8

DOG ASIDE: The equestrian sports were held primarily at Santa Anita Racetrack….which offered stabling for up to 2100 horses….a grandstand with almost 16000 seats….and was managed by experienced horsemen….  however, this was the first time the individual jumping competition was not held in the Olympic Stadium immediately prior to the closing ceremonies….as was tradition….and instead was…

NBA – 1988 – All Star Slam Dunk Contest – Review Michael Jordan Win With Rick Barry + Steve Jones + Bob Neal

DOG ASIDE: Richard Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA)….and was named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in history by the NBA in 1996, Barry is the only player to lead the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), ABA, and NBA…

Olympics – 1984 – Los Angeles Summer Games Special – The Effects of SMOG In Los Angeles

DOG ASIDE: The word “smog” was coined in the early 20th century as a combination of the words smoke and fog to refer to smoky fog, its opacity, and odor….which was originally intended to refer to what was sometimes known as “pea soup fog”….which had been a familiar and serious problem in London from the 19th century to the mid-20th century. This kind…

NFL – 1985 – Special – Roger Staubach Introduces The Pro Football Hall Of Fame Class Of 1985 With Frank Gatzki + Joe Namath + Pete Roselle + O J SImpson

DOG ASIDE: Frank “Gunner” Gatski (March 18, 1921 – November 22, 2005) was an American football center who played for the Cleveland Browns of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and the National Football League (NFL) in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Gatski was one of the most heralded centers of his era….who was known for his strength and consistency….as he helped protect QB Otto Graham….and open up…

NFL – 1979 – ABC Sports Special – Monday Night Football Promo For The Cowboys Game – With Howard Cosell

DOG ASIDE: Howard William Cosell (March 25, 1918 – April 23, 1995) was an American sports journalist….who was widely known for his blustery, cocksure personality….as Cosell said of himself, “Arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose, a showoff. There’s no question that I’m all of those things.”  In its obituary for Cosell, The New York Times described Cosell’s effect on American…

Music – 1978 – University Of Texas Band – Star Spangled Banner – Played At N I T Semifinals With Texas Vs Rutgers

DOG ASIDE: One of the true joys for this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile who is responsible for posting my Bone Daddy’s incredible 12,000 vintage video library here at ImaSportsphile…..has been the ability to post so many different renditions of our National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner…..which has been performed by many many various bands, groups,…

NFL – 1986 – CBS Sports NFC Championship Game Special – The Predictions With Jimmy The Greek + Brent Musburger

DOG ASIDE: James George Snyder Sr. (born Dimetrios Georgios Synodinos, September 9, 1918 – April 21, 1996), better known as Jimmy the Greek, was an American sports commentator and Las Vegas bookmaker.  The sports line eventually led to a 12-year stint on the CBS Sunday morning show, The NFL Today, a pregame show for National Football League (NFL) games.  Known simply as “Jimmy the Greek”…. he would…