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  • Is soccer un-American?

    Is soccer un-American?

    Today, tens of thousands of Americans filled up places like Soldier Field in Chicago to watch the USA team in a World Cup Soccer game (futbol match). It wasn’t always like that. Until the 1980s, soccer was on the way back burner and FOOTBALL was king. The US has played in the World Cup continuously only since 1990. Some resent its growth. This week, controversial conservative columnist Ann Coulter called soccer “foreign…like the metric system…and it’s not catching on,” basing … Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #4]

    [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #4]

    This tape features footage of the ’69 Chicago Cubs and New York Mets teams at a cocktail party in honor of the “Dream Game ’86.” Cubs Announcer Jack Brickhouse introduces the entire Cubs roster at a cocktail party. Shot for the television special “Once A Star.” Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #10 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #10 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star” from the 1986 NBA Legends basketball game during the All-Star Weekend. Nate Thurmond (1941-) is interviewed. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: Jim Rivera #1]

    [Once a Star raw: Jim Rivera #1]

    00:00 Bars and background noise. 01:07 Video opens with b-roll footage of traffic in Angola. 03:17 A sign for “Captains Cabin: Unexcelled Dining Overlooking Beautiful Crooked Lake” 04:20 Footage of swimmers in the lake. 06:13 In a Jungle Jim’s Saloon, talking with former Chicago White Sox outfielder Jim Rivera. He talks about sliding headfirst, and Rogers Hornsby. 08:26 Why don’t baseball players play all-out? He blames the contracts. Players don’t need to earn the big payout. 10:56 Rivera talks about … Continue reading

  • Once A Star #2

    Once A Star #2

    The second of two hour-long programs profiling former professional athletes. The show focuses on these athletes’ lives after retiring from sports, with archival footage sprinkled throughout. We get an in-depth look at these personalities, while also indirectly getting a sense of the difference between professional sports of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s versus today: virtually all of the athletes work for a living. This program includes segments on Former Chicago Bears Doug Atkins and Bill Wade;  pioneer female jockey Robyn Smith; hockey’s Dennis and Bobby Hull; pool hustler and oddball raconteur Minnesota Fats; baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn; and former world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #5]

    [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #5]

    This tape features footage of the ’69 Chicago Cubs and New York Mets teams at a cocktail party in honor of the “Dream Game ’86.” Former MLB umpire Tom Gorman shares stories about his time officiating in the Major Leagues. Shot for the television special “Once A Star.” Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #11 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #11 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star.” Footage from the NBA Legends basketball game during the 1986 All-Star Weekend. Television executive Bob Wussler (1936-2010) is interviewed. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: Jim Rivera #2]

    [Once a Star raw: Jim Rivera #2]

    00:00 The continuation of a discussion with former Chicago White Sox outfielder Jim Rivera. They are at Jungle Jim’s Saloon. 00:50 They talk about Minnie Minoso. 02:29 Rivera tells an anecdote about John F. Kennedy. He got Kennedy’s and Lyndon Johnson’s autographs on a baseball on opening day when he was a player. He then tells a story about meeting Harry Truman and his wife, Bess. 05:18 Rivera talks about living in Angola, IN. He was from New York City, … Continue reading