TV Ads – 1983 – OH GOD Comedian George Burns For Ray O Vac Batteries

George Burns was an American comedian….actor….singer….and writer…..who was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville….radio….film….and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar-smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century…..during which time he and his wife, Gracie Allen, appeared on radio….television….and film as the comedy duo Burns and Allen. At age 79, Burns had a sudden career…

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MLB – April 1983 – This Week In Baseball – Mel Allen On Charlie Fox Taking Over As The Cubs Manager

Charlie Fox was an Major League Baseball manager….general manager….scout….coach…. and briefly a catcher….who as the manager of the National League West Division champion San Francisco Giants in 1971….was named “Manager of the Year” by The Sporting News magazine.  In April 1983….legendary baseball broadcaster Mel Allen showcased Fox taking over the reigns of the Chicago Cubs on his weekly This Week In Baseball program…..as seen…

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Music – November 25th 1980 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful -Sung At Duran Vs Leonard Welterwt Title Fite II

For our money at ImaSportsphile…..music legend Ray Charles performs the most inspiring rendition of the song America The Beautiful that has ever been recorded….for it inspired Howard Cosell to say “If that rendition didn’t touch you….if it didn’t send a chill up your spine….I suppose nothing ever will.”…..and all the viewer has to do is watch the demeanor, the…

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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…

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NFL – 1946 To 1971 – NFL Films – Like Cavemen In Cleat – With The Steelers As The Most Conspicuous Losers

It is our opinion at Imaportsphile that NFL Films set the Gold Standard for sports films….as father Ed Sabol and son Steve…. set a precedence in filming a live sporting events that still revered in the universe of sports today in 2019.  When you couple the filming genius of the Sabol family with the voices of the…

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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…

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MLB – 1982 – Intro To This Week In Baseball – With Mel Allen Making Comparisons To Farm Animals

Our favorite weekly baseball program during the decade of the 1980’s was This Week In Baseball with NY Yankee’s legendary announcer Mel Allen as the host….for there is no more recognizable voice to ever call an MLB game than Mel….as he could make you feel like you were right smack dab in the middle of the crowd…

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Olympics – 1984 – L A Games – Preview Cycling 1000m Sprint Final – USAs Mark Gorski Vs Nelson Vails

Longtime sportscaster Bill Flemming and speed skating legend Eric Heiden provide an indepth assessment and preview of the men’s cycling 1000m sprint finals between USA Mark Gorski and USA Nelson Vails prior to their heads-up race for the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics. Mark Gorski was a member of the 1980, 1984 and…

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Comedy – 1981 – Red Skelton Mime – The Guy Who Makes The Salads At The Greek Restaurant

Red Skelton was and still is America’s Clown Prince….who mastered stand up comedy, mime comedy, clown comedy and comedy skits. In this video herewith, he provides evidence of his mastery of mime comedy…..as he portrays the guy who makes the salads at a Greek restaurant…..which is an wonderful example of his mastery of mime.