Music – 1987 – Frank Sinatra – Start All Over Again – Put To Highlights Of The 1987 World Series

Frank Sinatra’s musical career began in the swing era in 1935….which continued on well into the 1990’s….as Ole Blue Eyes style represented a strong departure from the “crooning” style of his idol, Bing Crosby. Sinatra’s generation represented the first generation of children that had grown up in the era of the microphone and amplifiers….as the amplification of sound enabled singers to…

Music – 1986 – Playing Of TAPS – Start Of Indy 500 Race In Salute To Those Who Died – With Jim McKay

“Taps“ is a bugle call played at dusk….during flag ceremonies….at military funerals by the United States Armed Forces….and at any event that salutes those that have passed…..which is played by a single bugle or trumpet. It is also performed often at Girl Guide, Girl Scout and Boy Scout meetings and camps. The tune is also sometimes known as “Butterfield‘s Lullaby“….or by the first line of…

Music – July 4th 1986 – Johnny Cash – That Ragged Old Flag – The Story Of The Stars And Stripes

Any way you cut the pie…..the video seen herewith is truly rare by any means…..as legendary country singer Johnny Cash performs the poem he wrote titled “That Old Rugged Flag” at the July 4, 1986 Lady Liberty Celebration in New York Harbor…..which is something that every “Red White and Blue American”  will simply love….for the words…

Music – 1984 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful – USA Medal Winners At Sarajevo Olympics Hilights

“America the Beautiful“ is a patriotic song…..with the lyrics having been written by Katharine Lee Bates….while the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey….as the two never met. At various times in the more than 100 years that have elapsed since the song was written….and particularly during the John F. Kennedy administration…..there have…

Gymnastics – 1986 – Wide World Of Sports 25th Anniversary Special – Tribute To USA Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton is a retired American gymnast…..who won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games….as well as two silver medals….and two bronze medals…..when her performance made her one of the most popular athletes in the United States.    Retton’s routine on the uneven bars included a move that came…

Gymnastics – 1980 – Romania Women Exhibition In NYC Special – On What Team Did In NYC On Day Off

This video seen herewith provides a wonderful look into a day spent in New York City by the Romanian women’s gymnastic team during their stay while performing in a USA – Romania gymnastics exhibition…. as ABC’s Jim McKay covers the activities of the team while touring The Big Apple.  As I write this post, I can…

Golf – 1987 – US Open Final Round – ABC Jack Whitaker Wraps Up How Scott Simpson Gave His Dad The Best Fathers Day Gift

The 1987 U.S. Open was the 87th U.S. Open….and was held June 18th – 21st at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California….when Scott Simpson passed and held off 1982 champion Tom Watson on the Lake Course to win his only major title by one stroke….in an event where eleven former champions were in the field….and only four made the 36-hole cut….and was the third U.S. Open at the Lake Course of…

Golf – 1987 – US Open – Al Trautwig + Eventual Winner Scott Simpson Watch Tom Watson Attempt To Tie

ABC’s Al Trautwig and eventual winner of the 1987 US Open Golf Tournament at Olympic Club in San Francisco sit in the interview booth and watch the twosome of Tom Watson and Keith Clearwater play the final hole…..with Watson needing a birdie to tie Simpson for the lead…..as the action is called by Jim McKay…

Figure Skating – 1980 – Elegance & Eloquence Of Jim McKay As He Recalls USA Figure Skaters In China

This video of ABC Wide World of Sports legendary sportscaster, Jim McKay, recapping the USA figure skaters exhibition tour in China provides ample evidence of what we call the “elegance and eloquence” of this wonderful sportscaster.  As McKay paints the canvas that covered Peggy Fleming, JoJo Starbuck, Rosalynn Sumners, Linda Fratianne et al trip to China in…