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Carl Yastrzemski Retirement Tour In 1983, the 23-year career of Boston Red Sox superstar Carl Yastrzemski was winding down. Here's an interview Yaz did on a Dallas news program on August 4 shortly before a game at Arlington Stadium versus the Texas Rangers.
Tags: baseball  Carl  Yastrzemski 
Added: 26th January 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Superstars - 1973 Swimming Heats In 1973 ABC Sports came up with a novel idea: Get a group of athletes from different sports, have them compete in events that are not their fortes, and see who comes out on top! That's how The Superstars was created. I used to watch this show regularly, but I missed the first season. According to a popular legend, heavyweight boxer Joe Frazier nearly drowned in the swimming heats. This clip proves he couldn't have drowned because the pool was shallow enough for the athletes' feet to touch the bottom! (see the second heat for proof!) Nevertheless it does conclusively show that Frazier wasn't much of a swimmer. Years later someone asked Frazier why he didn't tell the organizers he couldn't swim. The former champ replied, "I didn't know I couldn't swim until I'd tried!"
Tags: The  Superstars  ABC  swimming  Joe  Frazier 
Added: 14th June 2013
Views: 1989
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Posted By: Lava1964
Canadian Tire Albert Commercial - 1984 Canadian Tire is a huge chain of stores in Canada that sells automotive products, household items, sports equipment, gardening supplies...you name it. This 1984 commercial became very well known. The message is simple: Buy your hockey equipment at Canadian Tire and you'll rise from the last kid chosen at a pickup game to a superstar. (Funny note: For a while it was not uncommon for NHL fans at games in Canadian cities to chant "Albert! Albert!" when the home team was playing poorly.)
Tags: commercial  Canadian  Tire  Albert 
Added: 5th July 2013
Views: 1461
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Posted By: Lava1964
Leontyne Price on WML Opera superstar Leontyne Price is a mystery challenger on What's My Line on September 18, 1966. The introduction of the panelists and John Daly are shown. Beware: Bennett Cerf makes an awful pun.
Tags: WML  Leontyne  Price  opera 
Added: 11th October 2013
Views: 1088
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Posted By: Lava1964
Sad Final Years of Jerry Quarry Jerry Quarry was an extremely popular heavyweight fighter whose best years unfortunately coincided with the heydays of both Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Quarry was a two-fisted slugger who possessed suprising mobility in the ring. A fine overall athlete, Quarry was a finalist in ABC's Superstars in 1974. His popularity landed him cameo appearances on TV shows such as Adam-12, I Dream of Jeannie, and Batman. However, Quarry's long career in the ring--he had about 200 amateur bouts and 66 pro fights--took a heavy toll. In 1983, six years after his last fight, Quarry and two other boxers volunteered to take neurological exams for a Sports Illustrated feature on the harmful effects of boxing. Although Quarry seemed perfectly healthy and alert, his test results were shockingly bad. By the mid 1990s, pugilistic dementia, commonly known "being punch drunk" had set in. This sad feature on Quarry was shot in 1995 when he was just 50 years old. He was under the care of his brother because he was unable to take care of himself anymore. Quarry was hospitalized in late December 1998 with pneumonia and died of cardiac arrest on January 3, 1999. He was just 53 years old.
Tags: boxing  Jerry  Quarry  pugilistic  dementia   
Added: 13th November 2013
Views: 1975
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Posted By: Lava1964
Vanishing TV Character  - Sticks From Happy Days During the third (1975-76) season of the hugely popular ABC sitcom Happy Days, a black drummer named Sticks appeared in two episodes. Played by John Anthony Bailey, Sticks was the focal point of "Fonzie's New Friend"--an episode about racism in which many people refuse to attend a luau at the Cunningham home when they learn that Sticks and his girlfriend would be present as guests. Sticks appeared in one other episode--"Fonzie the Superstar"--the amusing one in which Fonzie is cajoled into singing with Richie's band as a special attraction. After that second appearance, Sticks just vanished from Happy Days. He didn't vanish from the entertainment industry, however. After his mainstream acting career dried up, Bailey became an actor in pornographic films using the name John Baker. He died of bladder cancer in 1994 at the age of 47.
Tags: John  Anthony  Bailey  Sticks  John  Baker  Happy  Days 
Added: 5th November 2014
Views: 4649
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Rock This Is Your Life In 1999, Mick Foley paid "tribute" to The Rock with This Is Your Life, starting a partial tradition that he carried on with other WWE superstars, but this was the first, and one of the funniest.
Tags: TV 
Added: 4th December 2014
Views: 918
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Posted By: WestVirginiaRebel
Don Drysdale Warns Greg Brady About Pro Baseball Some lessons from old TV sitcoms are timeless. Some aren't. In this clip from a 1970 episode of the Brady Bunch (titled The Dropout), recently retired superstar pitcher Don Drysdale warns Greg Brady that being a pro ballplayer isn't all it's cracked up to be. Considering what the average MLB player earned back then, he had a point. Today however...
Tags: Don  Drysdale  Brady  Bunch 
Added: 25th May 2015
Views: 1797
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Posted By: Lava1964
Thom McKee - Tic Tac Dough Champ Navy officer Lt. Thom McKee became a game show superstar in 1980 when he won the staggering sum of $312,700 in cash and prizes as a contestant on Tic Tac Dough, a syndicated quiz show. McKee, age 25, appeared in 46 episodes and played 89 games. He defeated 43 opponents and tied 45 games before losing to Erik Kraepeller. In total, McKee answered 353 questions correctly. During his remarkable undefeated/winning streak, his progress was often reported by mainstream news outlets--which was basically unheard of in 1980. McKee's list of prizes included eight cars (as winners on Tic Tac Dough were awarded a new car for every fifth win), three sailboats, 16 vacations (which he was unable to take), numerous other smaller prizes, and $200,000 in cash. McKee's win was especially noteworthy because most American game shows at the time had either limits on prizes or appearances. McKee discovered the fame is fleeting, however. Shortly after his run on Tic Tac Dough ended, McKee appeared on the short-lived reincarnation of To Tell The Truth. Only one of the three panelists was able to identify him as the real Thom McKee. McKee's record-setting winnings were not surpassed until the initial run of Who Wants to be a Millionaire ushered in the era of enormous game show prizes in 1999.
Tags: Thom  McKee  game  show  winner  Tic  Tac  Dough 
Added: 12th January 2018
Views: 1778
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lucy Teaches Ethel Merman How To Sing From a memorable 1964 episode of The Lucy Show, Lucy Carmichael (Lucille Ball) attempts to teach Broadway superstar Ethel Merman how to sing! Here's the premise: Ethel Merman wants to buy a home in Danfield, NY. Banker Mr. Mooney tells her he'll help her find a place but advises her to adopt an alias so the price won't be jacked up because of her celebrity status. Lucy and housemate Vivian Bagley (Vivian Vance) walk into the bank to ask for permission to sell tickets to their sons' Boy Scout fund-raising show and see Ethel Merman talking to Mr. Mooney. Ethel claims she's Agnes Schmidlapp, not Ethel Merman. Agnes, to the surprise of Lucy, agrees appear in the show as Ethel Merman. So Lucy takes it upon herself to teach Agnes how to sing like Ethel Merman. Here's the result...
Tags: Ethel  Merman  Lucy  Show  Lucille  Ball 
Added: 5th September 2018
Views: 982
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Posted By: Lava1964

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