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Worst Sports Mascot - San Francisco Crab The 1970s saw the beginning of the mascot craze in professional baseball. Before the 1984 season, the San Francisco Giants polled their fans about having a team mascot. The survey indicated that 65% of their fans preferred having no mascot whatsoever. Undeterred, the lowly Giants decided introduced a mascot--but with their own special twist: They created an 'anti-mascot.' The creature they unleashed was the infamous Crazy Crab (see photo below). The idea was to poke fun at traditional mascots. Local television commercials depicted manager Frank Robinson having to be restrained from attacking the crustacean. One critic said the mascot looked like "a wart with distemper." Giant fans were encouraged to boo and hiss the phony mascot, who was portrayed by actor Wayne Doba. The prodding worked all too well. With an awful 96-loss season soothing no souls, Crazy Crab became the object of hatred and abuse--an easy target for disgruntled fans. The crowd would hurl all sorts of things at the beast, both verbally and literally. Even the players got into the act, dumping drinks and other things into the suit. Broadcasters Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper, both Giant players during the year of Crazy Crab, were asked if they ever had trouble with him. Their response: 'No, we used to drill him with the rosin bag daily, so he was scared of us.' The nightmare for the bug-eyed object of derision ended after just one season. The Giants would not attempt another mascot, 'anti' or real, until 1997. Nevertheless, as late as 2010 there was an unsuccessful Internet campaign to resurrect Crazy Crab.
Tags: baseball  San  Franciso  Giants  crab  mascot 
Added: 22nd September 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Rennie Stennett - 7-Hit Game On Tuesday, September 16, 1975, Rennie Stennett of the Pittsburgh Pirates accomplished something that no other MLB player did in the 20th century: He got seven hits in a nine-inning game. The hapless victims were the Chicago Cubs who were pummelled 22-0 in their home ballpark, Wrigley Field. Luckily for the hometown Cubs, fewer than 5,000 of their fans were present to witness the most lopsided shutout in MLB history. Stennett was the Pirates' second baseman and leadoff hitter. He began the offensive barrage with a leadoff double off Cubs' starter Rick Reuschel (who gave up eight runs in one-third of an inning before being yanked.) Stennett got a second hit in the first inning, a single, as the Pirates jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead. Stennett got two other extra-base hits--another double and a triple--before being removed in the seventh inning for a pinch runner. He had gone 7-for-7 at the plate and collected 11 total bases and two RBIs. The triple came off Rick Reuschel's brother, Paul, in the sixth inning--another inning in which Stennett got two hits. The only other player in MLB history to get seven hits in a nine-inning game was Wilbert Robinson of the old National League Baltimore Orioles who did it in a 25-4 win over St. Louis on June 10, 1892.
Tags: baseball  Rennie  Stennett  Pittsburgh  Pirates  hits 
Added: 27th May 2012
Views: 3489
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Posted By: Lava1964
Forgotten Sitcom - The Partners In 1971 NBC had high hopes for a new sitcom titled The Partners. It starred Don Adams as Detective Sergeant Lenny Crooke and Rupert Crosse as his partner Detective Sergeant George Robinson. Both cops were prone to acts of comic carelessness but Crooke was the more bumbling of the two. Rare for its time, The Partners had no opening montage or theme song. Its title and credits were simply interspersed among the opening scene. (Music did accompany the closing credits, however, and the same tune was occasionally heard leading into some scenes.) Adams had hoped the series would address serious social issues, but NBC preferred to recast Adams in a purely comedic role similar to his Maxwell Smart character from Get Smart which had ended in 1970. The Partners scored very well with test audiences, so NBC slotted it at 8 p.m. on Saturday night beginning on September 18, 1971. In a stroke of bad luck, in the fall of 1971 CBS decided to move its surprise hit All in the Family to the same time slot to replace the fading My Three Sons. The Partners was crushed in the ratings. It was pulled from NBC's lineup in January 1972 although a few unaired episodes were shown in the summer.
Tags: The  Partners  NBC  sitcom  Don  Adams 
Added: 24th February 2015
Views: 718
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jackie Robinson on Whats My Line The great Jackie Robinson is a mystery guest on the syndicated version of What's My Line. I cannot pinpoint the exact date for this clip, but I'm guessing it's from 1969.
Tags: baseball  Jackie  Robinson  WML 
Added: 16th October 2012
Views: 916
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Posted By: Lava1964
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles Tears of a Clown 1970 This was the first time I ever heard the name Smokey Robinson. Honestly, I thought it was a girl. It must've sounded different on my transistor radio.
Tags: Smokey  Robinson  Tears  Clown 
Added: 21st February 2013
Views: 954
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Posted By: kinkman
Jackie Robinson Batting Tips From May 20, 1962, Jackie Robinson, who had retired after the 1956 season, gives batting tips on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Tags: Jackie  Robinson  baseball  batting  tips  Ed  Sullivan 
Added: 7th May 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
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: 1859
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Posted By: Lava1964
Brooks and Frank Robinson Commercial Remember this amusing Lite Beer commercial from 1980 featuring former Baltimore Orioles Brooks and Frank Robinson?
Tags: Lite  Beer  Miller  Frank  Brooks  Robinson 
Added: 13th August 2013
Views: 725
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Posted By: Lava1964
What Mount Rushmore Was To Look Like Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota the brainchild of Doane Robinson who wanted to bring more visitors to his state. Originally it was to feature western heroes like Lewis and Clark, Red Cloud and Buffalo Bill Cody but thankfully adapted a more national theme. The photo indicates what it was to look like. The construction began in 1927 and ended in 1939 when funding ran out so they settle the busts of the presidents being the monument. The sculpture cost $989,992.32 to build.
Tags: South  Dakota  Black  Hills  Doane  Robinson  George  Washington,  Thomas  Jefferson,  Theodore  Roosevelt,  and  Abraham  Lincoln 
Added: 6th November 2013
Views: 1499
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob
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: 1118
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Posted By: Cliffy

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