Baseball – 1984 – S I Sportsman Of The Year Award Show – Candidates From Baseball With Stan Musial

The 1984 Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year Award” show was hosted by NFL / NFL broadcast great Merlin Olsen…..who introduced Stan The Man Musial to cover the candidates for the award from the world of MLB by a highlights review of Musial’s 1957 season…..for which he was selected by Sports Illustrated as the Sportsman of the Year…..as…

Music – 1983 -Rapper Mel Allen – Baseball Is The Place To Be And MLB Is The Place For Me

Talk about a video “pearl”….could it get any better than this video…..as legendary sportscaster Mel Allen becomes a music rapper long before rap became the rage of a generation…..albeit Mel did more      “rhyming” than “rapping”…..be it as it may, it is still a rare treasure…..which brings back lots of memories of playing “stickball” in the streets”….and…

MLB – 1981 – Special – Hilites 1st 100 Years Of MLB Put To HOF Terry Cashman Song Talkin Baseball

“Talkin’ Baseball (Willie, Mickey & The Duke)” is a 1981 song written and performed by Terry Cashman….. as the song describes the history of American Major League Baseball (MLB) from the 1950’s to the beginning of the 1980’s. The song was originally released during the 1981 Major League Baseball strike…. and was inspired by the fact that Cashman grew…

MLB – 1980 – Boys In The Field – Audrey Kates Addresses The Trend Of Fewer Blacks Involved In MLB

While growing up as a boy in West Texas during the 1950’s and 1960’s…..baseball was definitely KING when it came to popularity of sports…..with football running a fairly close 2nd…..while all other sports were a distant 3rd…..so, this was the period when the most numbers of blacks came into MLB…..especially considering that Jackie Robinson was…

MLB – 1980 – Audrey Kates Interview Red Sox Jim Rice On What Its Like Being Only Black On MLB Roster

Jim Rice is a former Major League Baseball left fielder and designated hitter….who played his entire 16-year baseball career for the Boston Red Sox….when in the late 1970’s….he was part of one of the sport’s great outfields along with Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans….who was his teammate for his entire career….as Rice continued the tradition of his predecessors Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski….as a power-hitting left…

MLB – 1947 To 1956 – The Story Of Jackie Robinson – With Hostess Audrey Kates

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era…..as he broke the baseball color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.  When the Dodgers signed Robinson….they heralded the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880’s. Robinson was…

MLB – 1980 – Audrey Kates Interviews Hank Aaron On The Impact Of Jackie Robinson In His Career

There were five legendary outfielders in Major League Baseball during the Golden Age of Baseball from 1951 to 1976…..to include Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Duke Snyder and Hank Aaron…..who between them set a standard of excellence that has not been seen either prior to or since they graced the outfields of MLB…..as each one was…

MLB – 1980 – Special – Boys In The Field – Hostess Audrey Kates Interviews Orioles Mgr Frank Robinson

One of the best tv baseball specials ever produced was the 1980 airing of Boys In The Field …. which featured Hostess Audrey Kates…..as she took the viewing public and baseball fans everywhere on a wonderful walk down memory through the history of the Negro Professional Baseball League….to the challenges of being some of the 1st black…

MLB – 1982 – This Week In Baseball – Willie Mays Day In SF As Giants Retire # 24 – With Mel Allen

Growing up as a boy playing Pony League and High School baseball in Midland, Texas during the 1960’s….there were the M & M Boys of the San Francisco Giants….consisting of Willie McCovey and Willie Mays….and the M & M Boys of the New York Yankees….consisting of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle….and they were the two most feared…