Figure Skating – 1979 – Donna de Varona Interview Sr Pairs Champs USA Tai Babilonia + Randy Gardner

At the age of 17, legendary sportscaster Donna de Varona appeared on ABC’s Wide World of Sports….thus becoming the youngest and one of the first women sportscasters for a national network.  Her groundbreaking career has earned her an Emmy….two Gracies….and the opportunity to cover a wide variety of sports events including 17 Winter and Summer Olympic games. In…

Figure Skating – 1981 – US Athletes In Review – With Mark Davis & Pairs Kitty + Peter Caruthers

Kitty Carruthers is a former American pair skater…..who with her adopted brother, Peter, are the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics Silver medalist…..the 1982 World Bronze pairs medalist…. and a four-time United States National champion from 1981 to 1984…..as the Carruthers siblings were coached by Ronald Ludington. They finished off the podium at the U.S. Championships in January 1979….but their results improved the following season…..when after winning the International…

Figure Skating – 1979 – World Pairs Figure Skating Championships – Tai Babilonia + Randy Gardner

Tai Babilonia is an American former pair skater….who together with her skating partner Randy Gardner won the 1979 World Figure Skating Championships and five U.S. Figure Skating Championships 1976 through 1980…..as the pair also qualified for the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics…..where they were medal favorites but were forced to withdraw due to a thigh injury to Gardner. …

Figure Skating – 1981 – US Athletes In Review – JoJo Starbuck + Elaine Zayak -1981- With Bud Collins

JoJo Starbuck is an American figure skater…..who with partner Kenneth Shelley is a three-time United States National pairs skating champions from 1970 to 1972…. and two-time Olympian at Grenoble, France in 1968 and Sapporo, Japan in  1972.  She was first paired with Shelley for a show in 1959….when they were small children….when they started training with coach John Nicks at the Arctic Blades FSC in 1961.  In their…

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…

Boxing – 1982 – Dr Ferdie Pacheco PostFight Interview With Mustafa Hamsho After Defeating Bobby Czyz

Mustafa Hamsho is a retired Syrian boxer….who never won a world title….but fought some big names in his career….and though he was not a winner in all of those fights, he did some things to make every one of his fights interesting and controversial in some regard. The Syrian Slugger racked up a winning record in the late…

Boxing – 1982 – Marv Albert PostFight Interview Lt Hvywt Champ Dwight Muhammad Qawi After Davis Win

Marv Albert is an American sportscaster….who is honored for his work as a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame….as he is commonly referred to as “the voice of basketball”…..when from 1967 to 2004, he was also known as “the voice of the New York Knicks“.  Albert currently (2019) works for Turner Sports, serving as lead announcer for NBA games on TNT. In addition to calling both…

Boxing – 1982 – Larry Merchant PostFight Interview Of Aaron Pryor After TKO Of Alexis Arguello To Retain Light Welterwt Title

Alexis Arguello successfully defended his lightweight title four times….when after defeating James ‘Bubba’ Busceme by a sixth round TKO…..that is when he decided to move up in weight class again….and on November 12, 1982, he tried to become the first world champion in 4 different categories….while meeting a heavier and future Hall-of-Fame boxer Aaron Pryor….in what…

Boxing – 1984 – Al Bernstein Interviews Johnny Bumphus + Lou Duva On TKO Controversy In Hatcher Fite

Dubbed “Bump City”….Johnny Bumphus began his professional career as a hot prospect by winning his first 22 fights….including the vacant WBA Light Welterweight Title….with a decision win over Lorenzo Luis Garcia in 1984…..then Bumphus lost the belt to Gene Hatcher in June 1984 in Buffalo, New York….in which Hatcher scored an 11th-round TKO that had Hatcher knocking Bumphus down….then…