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  • Once A Star #1

    Once A Star #1

    The first 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 features “no-hit” Chicago Cub pitcher Kenny Holtzman; Cy Young Award winner Steve Stone;  first African American in the NBA, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton; TV wrestling pioneer “Dick the Bruiser” (Afflis); all-time NFL scoring leader, kicker and quarterback George Blanda; bowling champ Carmen Salvino; Casey Stengel speaking “Stengelese;”  Clown Prince of Baseball, Max Patkin; and one-season phenomenon, pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #2]

    [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #2]

    Raw footage for the television series “Once a Star.” Former Chicago Cubs players Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins coach a group of children on the art of hitting and pitching. The players also recite introductions for “Once a Star.” Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #8 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #8 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star.” Footage from the 1986 NBA Legends basketball game during the All-Star Weekend. Continue reading

  • Bruiser #4

    Bruiser #4

    00:00 The final video in a series of b-roll and interview footage taken of Dick The Bruiser for “Once A Star.” 01:08 Dick the Bruiser says they called people turkey-necks who had narrow necks. He talks about his special hold. 02:35 He discusses the difference between the Bruiser persona and Dick Afflis. He responds sarcastically to Tom Weinberg’s question about the difference. He says he’s polite to people who don’t irritate him, but if people get on his nerves, “then … 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 #3]

    [Once a Star raw: Phoenix, Arizona #3]

    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.” Shot for the television special “Once a Star.” Continue reading

  • [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #9 Dallas]

    [Once a Star raw: NBA Legends #9 Dallas]

    Raw footage for the 1986 television special “Once a Star” from the NBA Legends basketball game during the 1986 All-Star Weekend. Walt Bellamy (1939-) is interviewed. Continue reading

  • Blanda from NFL

    Blanda from NFL

    00:00 Bars. This video contains mostly silent footage of NFL quarterback and placekicker George Blanda. 01:28 Footage of NFL player George Blanda, kicking a field goal from the 50+ yard line for the Oakland Raiders to break a tie against the Cleveland Browns. Raiders coach John Madden watches from the sideline. 02:58 Footage of Blanda playing quarterback and catching laterals. 03:31 Blanda playing quarterback for the Houston Oilers. 04:21 More footage of Blanda with the Raiders. He kicks a field … Continue reading