Special – 1986 – President Reagan Congratulates ABC Wide World Of Sports 25 Year Anniversary Show

DOG ASIDE: ABC’s Wide World of Sports is an American sports anthology television program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from April 29, 1961 to January 3, 1998….primarily on Saturday afternoons….which was hosted by Jim McKay….with a succession of co-hosts beginning in 1987 ….as the title continued to be used for general sports programs on the network until 2006.  In…

Distance Running – 1985 – Womens NY Mini-Marathon – Joan Benoit Samuelson + Marty Cooksey

DOG ASIDE:  This 1985 New York City women’s mini-marathon was covered by ABC Sports with host Donna de Varona and Katherine Switzer covering the race….which includes such “top shelf runners” as Ingrid Kristiansen, the then current world record holder in the women’s marathon…..along with 1984 Olympic women’s marathon gold medal winner Joan Benoit Samuelson….whom Bone Daddy…

Golf – 1985 – Highlights – US National Amateur Championship Tournament – Host Jack Whitaker

DOG COMMENTARY: The United States Amateur Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Amateur, is the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for amateur golfers….which is organized by the United States Golf Association….and in 2018 is currently held each August over a 7-day period.   In 1894 there were two tournaments called the “National Amateur Championship”….with one of them…

Figure Skating – 1982 – Special – A Night Of Stars – Starring Peggy Fleming

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1982 ABC Wide World of Sports program features A Night of Stars figure skating special live from Peking, China as hosted by Chris Schenkel and Peggy Fleming…..along with a clip of the Grand National Sumo Wrestling Championship from Nagano, Japan…..but since most of the program focuses on the figure skating exhibition A Night of Stars…..which showcases US…

Boxing – 1987 – 15 Round IBF Jr Middleweight Title – Champ Buster Drayton Vs Matthew Hilton

DOG COMMENTARY: This 1987 IBF Junior Middleweight Title Fight between champion Buster Drayton verses Matthew Hilton took place on ABC Wide World of Sports on June 27, 1987 in Montreal, Canada…. with Jim Lampley and Alex Wallau making the call for ABC. This fights went the distance with Hilton, a Canadian, winning on a unanimous decision….which gave…

Pool – 1978 – ABC Special – Great Trick Shots – Host Howard Cosell

DOG COMMENTARY:  This 1978 ABC Wide World of Sports program featured none other than Howard Cosell hosting an ABC Sports production of outstanding and legendary pool players performing trick shots really brings back some awesome memories of incredible nights at the Madison Square Garden pool tables over the years at Bone Daddy’s sports bar….where he had…

Horse Racing – 1987 – Special – A Look Inside D Wayne Lukas + Jeff Lukas Training

DOG ASIDE: D Wayne Lukas is an American horse trainer and a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee….who holds the record for the most Triple Crown race wins with fourteen….has won twenty Breeders’ Cup races…. received five Eclipse Awards for his accomplishments….and his horses have won 25 year-end Eclipse Awards.   After D Wayne graduated from college in Wisconsin….he taught high school where for nine years he was…

Gymnastics – 1979 – Womens European Championships – Featuring Nadie Comaneci + Elena Mukhina

DOG COMMENTARY:   The 12th European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships were held in Copenhagen, Denmark in September of 1979….which featured some of gymnastics most notable legends of the sport….including Romania’s Nadie Comaneci and Emilia Eberle….along with Russia’s Elena Mukhina and Natalia Shaposhnikova….as three of the four would win the gold in at least one of the women’s disciplines….with Comaneci…

Motorcycle Racing – 1978 – Super Bikers Competition – From Motocross + Dirt Bike + Road Race

DOG COMMENTARY:  ABC Sports created a motorcycle racing competition during the late-1970’s that they tagged The Super Bikers Competition….which brought together the world’s best motorcycle racers from the three major classes of racing….motocross, dirt bike and road bike….and aired the competition on their popular weekend anthology sports program, Wide World of Sports.…as this particular segment seen…