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1973 Wimbledon Boycott In May 1973 Nikola (Niki) Pilic, Yugoslavia's number-one-ranked male tennis player, was suspended by his national tennis association. The governing body claimed he had refused to play in a Davis Cup tie for Yugoslavia against New Zealand earlier that month. Today tennis players routinely turn down invitations to play for their countries in Davis Cup competition, but back in 1973 it was considered a big no-no--especially in an eastern European country. Pilic denied he had done so. Be that as it may, Pilic was initially suspended for nine months. Yugoslavia's suspension was supported by the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF), but it was later reduced to just one month. Nevertheless, that month happened to be when the prestigious Wimbledon championships took place. Thus, Pilic would not be permitted to play at Wimbledon. The recently formed men's players union, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), stated that if Pilic was not allowed to compete, none of its membership should compete. As a result, 81 of the top players, including reigning champion Stan Smith, boycotted Wimbledon in 1973 to protest Pilic's suspension. The initial seeding for the men's draw had already taken place. Thirteen of the 16 men's seeds withdrew. This resulted in an enormous number of qualifiers and lucky losers getting into the main draw. Three leading ATP players, Ilie Nastase, Roger Taylor and Ray Keldie, defied the boycott and were fined by the ATP's disciplinary committee. Also among those who chose to play were two rising stars: Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors, who each advanced to the quarterfinals. Despite the boycott, the attendance of 300,172 was the second highest in Wimbledon's history at that time. The eventual men's champion was Jan Kodes of Czechoslovakia. He defeated Alex Metreveli of the Soviet Union 6-1, 9-8, 6-3 in the final. (Tiebreakers were played at 8-8 in those days.) Kodes is shown here planting a kiss on the championship trophy.
Tags: tennis  Wimbledon  boycott 
Added: 15th September 2012
Views: 1909
Posted By: Lava1964
Johnnie Ray on Whats My Line Singer Johnnie Ray makes his first appearance as a mystery guest on What's My Line on August 22, 1954. (Note that his first name is misspelled on his nameplate.)
Tags: Johnnie  Ray  WML 
Added: 27th October 2012
Views: 1422
Posted By: Lava1964
Ray Leonard Kayos Danny Gonzalez From March 24, 1979: Sugar Ray Leonard continues to work his way toward a world welterweight title fight by knocking out Danny Gonzalez in the first round. Watch for Ray's beautiful right hand counterpunch! Howard Cosell calls the action.
Tags: boxing  Ray  Leonard 
Added: 28th October 2012
Views: 678
Posted By: Lava1964
Jack Klugman Passes At Age 90 Jack Klugman, the three-time Emmy Award-winning actor best known for his portrayals of slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV's “The Odd Couple” and the title role of the murder-solving medical examiner on “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday at his home in Woodland Hills. He was 90. Klugman had been in declining health for the last year, his son Adam said. He had withdrawn from a production of “Twelve Angry Men” at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J., in Marchfor undisclosed health reasons. He had undergone successful surgery for cancer of the larynx in 1989.
Tags: Jack  Klugman  The  Odd  Couple    Quincy,  M.E.     
Added: 25th December 2012
Views: 536
Posted By: Old Fart
Link Wray Rumble 1958 When Link Wray released the thrilling, ominous "Rumble" in 1958, it became one of the only instrumentals ever to be banned from radio play – for fear that it might incite gang violence. By stabbing his amplifier's speaker cone with a pencil, Wray created the distorted, overdriven sound that would reverberate through metal, punk and grunge. Wray, who proudly claimed Shawnee Indian ancestry and lost a lung to tuberculosis, was the archetypal leather-clad badass, and his song titles alone – "Slinky," "The Black Widow" – convey the force and menace of his playing. "He was fucking insane," said the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. "I would listen to 'Some Kinda Nut,' over and over. It sounded like he was strangling the guitar – like it was screaming for help." When Wray died in 2005, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen both performed "Rumble" onstage in tribute. "If it hadn't been for Link Wray and 'Rumble,'" said Pete Townshend, "I would have never picked up a guitar."
Tags: Link  Wray  Rumble 
Added: 22nd February 2013
Views: 1806
Posted By: kinkman
Robinson-LaMotta VI - 13th Round If you've seen the movie Raging Bull, you're likely familiar with this fight. Defending world middelweight champion Jake LaMotta put his title on the line in Chicago on February 14, 1951 versus Sugar Ray Robinson. It was the sixth time the two great ring adversaries had faced one antother. Watch the ceaseless battering that LaMotta takes in the 13th round before referee Frank Sekora stops the fight.
Tags: boxing  Sugar  Ray  Robinson  Jake  Lamotta 
Added: 1st July 2013
Views: 1445
Posted By: Lava1964
Memories Editing--Everybody Loves Raymond This is in response to Lava's good points about memories and how we see them. This sums it up!
Tags: Memories  Editing--Everybody  Loves  Raymond  wedding  Amy  Barrone  Robert  Barrone 
Added: 3rd September 2013
Views: 564
Posted By: pfc
Ray Bourque Gives Jersey to Espo It was one of the classiest incidents in sports history. Here's the background: Phil Esposito had set numerous league and team scoring records during his tenure with the NHL's Boston Bruins from 1967 to 1975. Espo was traded to the New York Rangers in November 1975. In 1979 rookie sensation Ray Bourque was given the #7 jersey by the Bruins. He wore it reluctantly knowing that Phil Esposito was so closely associated with it. On December 3, 1987, the Bruins retired Esposito's #7 jersey but counted on Bourque to continue to wear it. Bourque, however, had other ideas. He figured the retirement ceremony was an ideal time to return #7 wholly to Espo. Only a handful of people knew what Bourque was going to do. In a surprising and touching gesture, Bourque removed his #7 jersey to reveal his new #77 jersey that he wore for the rest of his days in Boston. Esposito was clearly moved by Bourque's selfless gesture.
Tags: Phil  Esposito    retirement  ceremony  hockey  Ray  Bourque 
Added: 9th November 2013
Views: 689
Posted By: Lava1964
Pay TV questioned in 1954 Even back in 1954 TV Guide asked when we would pay for TV. They would be amazed at most cable bills today!
Tags: Martha  Raye  Pay  TV  cable  TV  television   
Added: 13th November 2013
Views: 859
Posted By: Cliffy
The Martha Raye Show Full Episode with  Edward G. Robinson The Martha Raye Show is an hour-long comedy/variety show which aired live on NBC from January 23, 1954, to May 29, 1956
Tags: The  Martha  Raye  Show  Full  Episode  with    Edward  G.  Robinson  NBC  comedy  variety  show  tv  early  tv 
Added: 13th November 2013
Views: 904
Posted By: Cliffy

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