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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 #7]

    [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #7]

    This tape features footage of the ’69 Chicago Cubs and New York Mets teams at “Dream Game ’86.” Players tape introductions for the television series “Once a Star.” Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #13 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #13 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star” in Dallas during the 1986 NBA All-Star Weekend. This tape is a continuation of an interview with television executive Bob Wussler (1936-2010). Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: Jim Rivera #4]

    [Once a Star raw: Jim Rivera #4]

    00:00 This video features b-roll footage of Jungle Jim’s Saloon, owned by Jim Rivera, former outfielder for the Chicago White Sox, in Angola, Indiana. 00:54 The video starts with close-ups of various pictures from Rivera’s playing days, with chatter in the background. B-roll footage of the saloon and the lake outside it follows. 09:28 End of tape.

  • [Once A Star raw: Holtzman #1]

    [Once A Star raw: Holtzman #1]

    Part one of an interview with Ken Holtzman, retired Major League pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees, for the television special, “Once A Star.” The interview, conducted by Roger Wallenstein, focuses on Holtzman’s career after baseball as an insurance administrator. Holtzman discusses how being an ex-ballplayer is sometimes a disadvantage in his career, and comments in-depth on “dumb jock syndrome.” Timecode onscreen. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #8]

    [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #8]

    This tape features footage of the ’69 Chicago Cubs and New York Mets teams at “Dream Game ’86,” shot for the television series “Once A Star.” This tape covers the beginning of the game, with audio from the dugout, and a hit by Ernie Banks (1931-). Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #14 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #14 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star” from the NBA Legends basketball game during the 1986 All-Star Weekend. Pete Maravich (1947-1988), former basketball player, is interviewed. Continue reading

  • Bruiser #2

    Bruiser #2

    00:00 This is the continuation of an interview with former professional wrestler and football player Dick The Bruiser. 02:17 The Bruiser talks about how he rarely goes out. He has a wheat allergy, so he doesn’t drink beer. 03:40 He talks about why professional wrestling is often ignored by the sports writers. “All sports editors are old drunks. They’ve never liked to indulge in wrestling because they’re jealous that the wrestlers make money” without needing the sports writers to mention … Continue reading