Figure Skating – 1977 – Len Berman Pays Tribute To USA Linda Fratianne Winning World Championships

Linda Fratianne is an American former figure skater….who was known for winning two World Championship titles in 1977 and 1979….four consecutive U.S. Championships from 1977 to 1980 ….and a silver medal in the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. Throughout her figure skating career, Fratianne was coached by Frank Carroll…..as she became the first female skater to land two different types of triple…

Figure Skating – 1961 To 1986 – ABC Wide World Of Sports – 25 Yrs Of Figure Skating With Jim McKay

Anytime a true Sportsphile gets to see any event that has broadcaster Jim McKay behind the mike…..they know that that video is well worth the price of admission…..and will take the time to watch it…..as is the case with this video seen herewith…..as the legendary “elegant and eloquent” Jim McKay takes us on a special 25 years…

Equestrian – 1979 – Pan American Games – Ken Squires Interview Show Jump Winner USA Michael Masters

This video starts out with Dick Stockton at the host desk for USA Network’s coverage of the 1979 Pan American games….whereas Stockton is an American sportscaster…..who began his career in Philadelphia….then moved to Pittsburgh where he was the sports director for KDKA-TV….then came a stint in Boston…..where he called Celtics NBA games for WBZ and Red Sox MLB games for WSBK-TV before transitioning to national broadcasting….which…

Figure Skating – 1979 – Senior Pairs Competition – Tai Babilonia + Randy Gardner – With Dick Buttons

Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner have skated together since childhood…..and they continue to be figure skating stars in 2019.  Tai began skating when she was eight and Randy began skating when he was ten. They were teamed together as a pair shortly after they learned to skate by coach Mabel Fairbanks.  As they advanced, they made…

Music – 1947 – Bob Hope + Bing Crosby Et Al – Good Ole Harmony – Sung In Movie Variety Girl

We here at ImaSportsphile are conscious of just how much generosity the Baby Boomer Generation had in their very fiber…..for this generation was quite frankly one of the most charitable of all generations up to then….and since then.  We have often thought about how the Boomers were taught by their mothers and fathers based on “rules of life” that the Greatest…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful – Sung Live At Sugar Ray Leonard Vs Roberto Duran

On many occasions, I have had the honor of listening to Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, talk about the many inspiring moments he has seen in his many years of watching sporting events….be it live at the ballpark….or live on television…..which include stories like the Miracle On Ice, when the young amateurs from the USA took…

Music – 1980 – Marty Robbins – El Paso – Performed Live At Austin City Limits

“El Paso“ is a country and western ballad written and originally recorded by Marty Robbins, and first released on Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs in September 1959…..which was released as a single the following month….and became a major hit on both the country and pop music charts….while reaching # 1 in both at the start of 1960…..and won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording in 1961….which remains as Robbins’…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – Busted – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

“Busted” is a song that was written by Harlan Howard in 1962…..and was recorded and first released by Johnny Cash with the Carter Family for his 1963 album Blood, Sweat and Tears.…. however, the first recording was by Burl Ives in 1962. It has subsequently been recorded by several notable artists, including Ray Charles (also in 1963) and Patty Loveless (2009)…..as the song is about a dirt-poor farmer struggling…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughn – Ive Got It Bad And That Aint Good – From Kennedy Center Salute To Duke

I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good was written and recorded in 1941 by Duke Ellington…..along with another great song during that year….as Take The A Train gave Duke two smash hits in that year….and then in 1980, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts put on a very special night billed as Salute to the Duke ….which featured…