L E’s Stories – Jim McKay:  A Career of Expressed Eloquence and Elegance

Today I am going to give you a very special gift….in a very special way……cuz I get to do something that I know will bring a smile to BD’s face…..and that makes me happy.  On many occasions, I have heard BD express his opinion of who he thinks were the best sports media (be it…

Music – 1986 – Melissa Manchester – Rhapsody In Blue + The Man I Love + Ive Got Rhythm + Summer Time

Melissa Manchester is an American singer-songwriter and actress…. whose songs have been carried by adult contemporary radio stations since the 1970’s….that’s dang near 50 years folks….plus, she has appeared on television, in films, and on stage.  Melissa studied songwriting at New York University with Paul Simon…. and played the Manhattan club scene….where she was discovered by Barry Manilow….who introduced her to Bette Midler….and…

Music – 1984 – All American Olympic Band – Star Spangled Banner – USA Valerie Briscoe Hooks Gold Medal Ceremony Women 400m

Valerie Brisco-Hooks was an Olympic track and field athlete at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics….where  she became only the 2nd American woman, after Wilma Rudolph, to win three gold medals in track….and becoming the first Olympian (female or male) to win gold medals in both the 200- and 400-meter races at a single Olympics. Our Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, was at…

Music – 1984 – The Star Spangled Banner – Equestrian Gold Medal For USA Joe Fargis & Touch Of Class

Before the 1982 World Championships, the American equestrian team went to Hickstead….as a warm-up for the event….when Joe Fargis had a fall that broke his leg….and he was sidelined for much of the rest of the year….but by fall 1982, Fargis was competing again….while riding the mare Touch of Class….while winning classes at Pennsylvania National,…

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…

Music – 1984 – All American Olympic Band – Star Spangled Banner – Mary Lou Retton Medal Ceremony

We have compiled quite a collection of various renditions of The Star Spangled Banner here at ImaSportsphile….for ONLY in America could there be such a thing as a Sportsphile….not to mention and ImaSportsphile web page that features to date some 5300 vintage sports, comedy, music, tv specials, news and tv ads video library….so, it is only fitting…

Music – 1984 – All American Olympic Band – Star Spangled Banner – L A Olympics Dream Team Gold Medal

As I post this particular video herewith….in which the 1984 All American Olympic Band plays the “Star Spangled Banner” at the medal ceremony for men’s basketball….after the USA team receives their gold medals….and it makes me think about how times have changed since 1984….for here we are in year 2020….when athletes all over sports in America are kneeling…

Music – 1980 – The Olympic Choir – Star Spangled Banner – Closing Ceremony Of The Lake Placid Games

Olympic Games ceremonies of the Ancient Olympic Games were an integral part of these Games….as the modern Olympic games have opening, closing and medal ceremonies. Some of the elements of the modern ceremonies harken back to the Ancient Games from which the Modern Olympics draw their ancestry…..as an example of this is the prominence of Greece in both the opening and closing…

Music – 1980 – Star Spangled Banner – At Lake Placid Olympics Mens Hockey USA Gold Medal Ceremony

The “Miracle on Ice“ was a medal-round game during the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York….which was played between the hosting United States and the four-time defending gold medalists, the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had won the gold medal in five of the six previous Winter Olympic Games….and were the favorites to win once more in…