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Barry Bonds Asterisk Ball On August 7, 2007 at 8:51 PM PDT, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit a 435-foot home run, the 756th of his MLB career. The pitch was delivered by Mike Bacsik of the Washington Nationals. The homer broke MLB's prestigious all-time career home run record, formerly held by Hank Aaron who had retired after the 1976 season. The pitch, the seventh of the at-bat, was hit into the right-center field bleachers. The fan who ended up with the ball was 22-year-old Matt Murphy from Queens, NY. Bonds, long suspected of steroid use, was hugely unpopular outside of San Francisco, and most fans perceived his home run record to be tainted. Murphy decided to sell the ball to the highest bidder and consigned it to an auction house on August 21. Bidding began on August 28 and closed with a winning bid of $752,467 on September 15 after a three-phase online auction. The highest bidder was fashion designer Marc Ecko who created a website and online poll to let baseball fans decide the fate of the ball. The overwhelming majority of the 10 million online voters preferred the ball be branded with an asterisk (to signify a debatable achievement) and donated to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Ecko agreed; that's where the ball can be found today. Upon hearing what Ecko intended to do with the ball, Bonds was incredulous. He said, "[Ecko] spent $750,000 on the ball and that's what he's doing with it? What he's doing is stupid." Similarly, the man who bought Bonds' record-tying 755th home run ball for more than $180,000 held a similar online poll to decide that ball's fate. By a 2:1 ratio, fans voted to smash the ball.
Tags: baseball  Barry  bonds  home  run  steroids 
Added: 21st May 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Richard Dawson 1932-2012 It has been reported that Richard Dawson died on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. According to his son Gary, Dawson succumbed to complications related to esophageal cancer. He was 79. Dawson was the famed host of ABC's Family Feud from its inception 1976 to 1985. He was also a regular (and probably the best) panelist on CBS' Match Game from 1973 to 1978. He played Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes for the entire run of that sitcom (1965 to 1971).
Tags: Ricahrd  Dawson  obit  Family  Feud 
Added: 3rd June 2012
Views: 1334
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lee Remick One of Hollywood's forgotten beauties was Lee Remick. To moviegoers, she is most famous for her roles in Days of Wine and Roses (1962) and The Omen (1976). A talented stage actress, Remick also was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as a blind woman terrorized by drug smugglers in Wait Until Dark. Sadly she died on July 2, 1991 of liver and kidney cancer. She was just 55 years old. One of her memorable quotes was, "I make movies for adults. When Hollywood stars making them again, so will I."
Tags: Lee  Remick  actress 
Added: 8th June 2012
Views: 7605
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Posted By: Lava1964
Duane Bobick-John Tate 1979 Duane Bobick was an outstanding American amateur boxing hopeful in the early 1970s. Among his defeated opponents were future world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Cuba's superb Teofilo Stevenson. The favorite to win the gold medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics, Bobick was instead knocked out in the quarterfinals by Stevenson. Turning pro shortly thereafter, Bobick won his first 38 pro fights. Although the quality of many of Bobick's opponents was questionable, Bobick did defeat a handful of capable fighters such as Mike Weaver, Randy Neumann, Chuck Wepner and Scott LeDoux. NBC gave Bobick a prime-time fight versus Ken Norton on Wednesday, May 11, 1977 as a means of elevating him to a modern version of the "Great White Hope." With 42 million people watching, Norton dispatched Bobick inside of one round. (I posted that bout on this website several years ago.) After that debacle, Bobick recorded six wins and a loss to South African Kallie Koenetze, so ABC decided to give Bobick another shot at making it big. On February 17, 1979, Bobick was matched against John Tate, an American bronze medallist from 1976 (who had coincidentally also been knocked silly by Teofilo Stevenson) in a live feature bout from Indianapolis on Wide World of Sports. Surely Bobick would fare better this time, right?
Tags: Duane  Bobick  John  Tate  heavyweight  boxing 
Added: 10th December 2014
Views: 1502
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Posted By: Lava1964
Dawn - Portrait of a Teenage Runaway In 1976, Eve Plumb, two years removed from The Brady Bunch, played the lead role in the made-for-TV movie Dawn: Portrait of a Teeange Runaway. It aired on Monday, September 27, 1976. The previous year NBC had been successful with Sarah: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic. Accordingly, another movie about bad teen lifestyle choices was made. In this one, Eve Plumb (who was 18 at the time) played Dawn Wetherby, a naive 15-year-old girl who leaves her single-parent, alcoholic, domineering mother for the bright lights of LA. Not long afterwards, she is forced to fend for herself as a street prostitute. The movie was successful enough to merit a sequel called Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn. Because Plumb was committed to her made-for-TV movies, she could not participate in the much-maligned Brady Bunch Variety Hour and avoided that catastrophe.
Tags: Eve  Plumb  teenage  runaway  hooker 
Added: 25th June 2012
Views: 4722
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ted Bessell 1935-1996 Remember actor Ted Bessell? He had hoped to be a pianist; as a youth he performed at Carnegie Hall. However, he drifted towards an acting career. He was best known for portraying Donald Hollinger, the steady romantic interest of Marlo Thomas' character Ann Marie on That Girl. The two became engaged in the 1970 season. That Girl ran from 1966 to 1971. Following that series, Bessell starred in the truly awful sitcom Me and the Chimp, which ran for 13 dreadful episodes in 1972. In 1976, he played Joe, Mary Richard's love interest, in two episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It appeared that Bessell was going to be added as a permanent MTM cast member (and perhaps become Mary's husband), but it never panned out. Bessell was about to direct the big screen version of Bewitched when he died suddenly of an aneurysm in 1996. He was just 61.
Tags: Ted  Bessell  actor 
Added: 7th July 2012
Views: 1698
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Posted By: Lava1964
CPO Sharkey A two year run for Don Rickles from 1976 to 1978 on NBC. Anyone know his role's first name?
Tags: CPO  Sharkey  Don  Rickles  1976  to  1978  NBC 
Added: 31st August 2012
Views: 1968
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Posted By: pfc
LHOP - The Talking Machine Last Four Minutes Here is the final four minutes of one of my favorite episodes of Little House on the Prairie. Titled "The Talking Machine," it's from 1976. Here's the plot: Mean Nellie Oleson and Laura are both smitten with older classmate Jason, a science buff. Nellie acquires a Thomas Edison-style talking machine. One day she tricks Laura into talking about how she feels about Jason. All the while the talking machine is recording Laura's voice. Nellie "demonstrates" the machine in front of the class by playing Laura's conversation. Laura is humiliated and runs off. The next day she reluctantly returns to school unsure of how Jason will react to her. Here's the feel-good climax.
Tags: LHOP  The  Talking  Machine 
Added: 9th November 2012
Views: 1458
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Posted By: Lava1964
Johnny Carson Dances with Ginger Rogers From a 1976 episode of The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, at the insistence of Hollywood legend Ginger Rogers, tries a few dance steps with her. Rogers was approaching 65 at the time. She looks spectacular!
Tags: Johnny  Carson  Ginger  Rogers  Tonight  Show 
Added: 10th December 2012
Views: 2329
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Posted By: Lava1964
Leo Randolph - Forgotten Olympian The 1976 American Olympic boxing team won five gold medals, one silver, and one bronze. Four of the gold medallists eventually won professional world titles. Though largely forgotten today, Leo Randolph was one of them. Randolph, a resident of Tacoma, WA, won the flyweight division at the Montreal Olympics at age 18. (In the gold-medal match against Cuba's Ramon Duvalon, many boxing fans thought Randolph was the recipient of a generous decision.) Randolph waited nearly two years before turning professional. In the interim he finished high school and worked at a Boeing aircraft factory. Randolph's early pro opponents, in most cases, left a lot to be desired as there are few quality pro boxers in the lightest weight categories in North America. Nevertheless, Randolph beat Colombia's Ricardo Cardona for the WBA junior featherweight title on May 4, 1980 with a 15th-round knockout. However, in his first defense of his title just three months later, Randolph was totally outclassed by Sergio Palma of Argentina. The challenger battered Randolph and won the title with a sixth-round technical knockout. Saying his heart was no longer in boxing, Randolph collected his $72,000 purse and promptly retired after the bout at age 22, compiling a pro record of 17-2. In a 1996 "Where Are They Now?" feature in Sports Illustrated, Randolph was happily employed as a bus driver for Pierce Transit in the Pacific northwest.
Tags: boxing  Leo  Randolph  Olympics 
Added: 27th December 2012
Views: 1131
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Posted By: Lava1964

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