MLB – 1986 – All Star Game Special – Mel Allen Salutes The Old Timers & Provides Highlight Of Game

This wonderful piece of Major League Baseball history is narrated by the legendary voice of the New York Yankees, Mel Allen….who was also the voice of the tremendously popular MLB weekly show, This Week In Baseball  …..which was abbreviated as TWIB pronounced phonetically….was an American syndicated television series which focused on Major League Baseball highlights…..and was broadcast weekly during baseball season program that…

Horse Racing – 1986 – Kentucky Derby Special – Stephen Foster Singers Singing My Old Kentucky Home

“My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night!“ is an anti-slavery ballad written by Stephen Foster in and around 1852….and was published in January 1853 by Firth, Pond, & Co. of New York.  Foster was said to have been inspired by Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin….with imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown, Kentucky farm called Federal Hill.  In Foster’s sketchbook, the song was originally entitled…

Auto Racing – 1961 To 1986 – Jim McKay Provides Highlights Of Auto Racing Over Past 25 Years

Every now and then a really special video rolls up for me to write about and post here at ImaSportsphile and this is one of those…..as the always eloquent and elegant Jim McKay provides a walk down auto racing memory lane over the 25 years of competition from 1961 to 1986….for there is absolutely no…

Boxing – 1986 – HBO Sports Special Feature – Career Highlights Of Terrible Tim Witherspoon

Tim Witherspoon (born December 27, 1957) is an American former professional boxer that competed from 1979 to 2003….who was a two-time world heavyweight champion….after having held the WBC title in 1984….and the WBA title in 1986….plus Witherspoon also worked as a regular sparring partner for Muhammad Ali. Making his professional debut with a first-round TKO over Joe Adams on October 30, 1979….Terrible Tim quickly rose through the ranks….when in 1981,…

Boxing – 1986 – Special – The Magic Of Cuz DAmato As Seen Through Floyd Patterson & Mike Tyson

Constantine “Cus” D’Amato (January 17, 1908 – November 4, 1985) was an American boxing manager and trainer….who handled the careers of José Torres, Floyd Patterson and Mike Tyson….all of whom went on to become world champions and members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.  Several successful boxing trainers….including Teddy Atlas, Kevin Rooney and Joe Fariello…..were all tutored by D’Amato…..who was a proponent of…

Boxing – 1986 – Tim Ryan + Gil Clancy Preview 10 Rnd Middlewt Bout – Doug DeWit Vs Milt McCrory

In this prefight video of the 1986 CBS Sports Saturday presentation of the 10 round middleweight bout between Doug DeWitt vs Milton McCrory…..Tim Ryan and Gil Clancy profile the careers of both fighters as they are about to enter the ring for their fight against each other.  Doug DeWitt is an American former World Middleweight Champion…..who was…

Boxing – 1985 – Barry Tompkins Provides A History Of Light Heavyweight Champs Vs Heavyweight Champs

Legendary HBO boxing analyst Barry Tompkins provides a wonderful history of light heavyweight boxing champions taking on heavyweight boxing champions….from Tommy Loughran vs Primo Carnera….to Archie Moore vs Floyd Patterson…..to Ezzard Charles vs Jersey Joe Walcott…..to Billy Conn vs Joe Louis….to Bob Foster vs Joe Frazier…..to Gene Tunney vs Jack Dempsey…..and then came the one…

Boxing – 1985 – HBO Boxing Special Feature – The Making Of Michael Spinks Body Into A Heavyweight

The transition of a light heavyweight boxer into a heavyweight boxer has historically been a difficult task to accomplish successfully….and this is especially true when transforming a light heavyweight champion into a heavyweight champion…..with the most successful transition being the transformation of Evander Holyfield….albeit was Michael Spinks who was the 1st light heavyweight champion to…

Football – 1984 – Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Showcases Candidates From Football

Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsperson of the Year award to “the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement.”….where both Americans and non-Americans are eligible, though in the past the vast majority of winners have been from the United States….with both men and women have won…