Baseball – 1985 – WTBS Special – Actor Kirk Douglas Expounds On What Is Baseball In America

This video reminds us here at ImaSportsphile of the stories that Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, has told on many occasions…..and it goes kinda like this….as BD grew up out in West Texas in a town called Midland in a time where by his words “Baseball was King”….yeah, Friday night football was mighty popular and a…

MLB – 1985 – Baseball Behind The Seams Profiles Braves Bruce Benedict + Bob Watson + Terry Forster

Actor Kirk Douglas spins a wonderful tale about what baseball meant to kids all over America in 1985 in his introduction to this WTBS Sports program, Baseball Behind The Seams…..for you can tell from the very start that although Douglas had not played a lot of the game…..he still had that “glow in his eye” and…

MLB – 1985 – Baseball Behind The Seams – The Braves Vs Their Rival Cubs + Padres With Kirk Douglas

The 1985 Atlanta Braves season was the 20th in Atlanta….and the 115th season in franchise history. The Braves failed to qualify for the postseason for the third consecutive season.  Joe Torre had managed the Braves to the 1982 National League West Division title….then to a second-place 1983 finish….but his 1984 Braves fell below the .500 mark…..and 12 games behind the division-champion San Diego Padres….so, Torre was fired…

MLB – 1985 – Baseball Behind The Seam – Braves C Bruce Benedict Fighting His Job – With Kirk Douglas

Bruce Edwin Benedict (born August 18, 1955) is an American former professional baseball player, coach and scout….who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Atlanta Braves from 1978 to 1989…..after being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 5th round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft…..when he made his major league debut on August 18, 1978, his 23rd birthday. Benedict led National League catchers in 1981 with 73 assists and 48 base runners caught stealing….as his defensive…

MLB – 1985 – Baseball Behind The Seams – The End To The Atlanta Braves Season – With Kirk Douglas

The 1985 Atlanta Braves season was the 20th in Atlanta and the 115th season in franchise history. The Braves failed to qualify for the postseason for the third consecutive season….so, during the off-season, the Braves would hire former Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Chuck Tanner as their 1985 manager.  In addition to a new manager, the 1985 Braves had a new relief ace in Bruce Sutter…..and they also had…