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July 30, 2017

List of Bill King Radio Broadcasts on CD

Yesterday I was asked to re-post my list of Bill King recordings, so here you go. All are available upon request.

I’m still trying to find the recording of the Jason Giambi HR to beat the Yankees, if anyone knows where to find it let me know.

This list is constantly growing, so check back with me if you need more Holy Toledo moments from Bill King.

Bill King Radio Broadcast Games
*all are on CD format unless noted otherwise
** NFL **********

1970 AFC Divisional Miami at Oakland
Bill King & Scotty Stirling announcers
2 disks

1971 Week 10 San Diego at Oakland
Bill King & Scotty Sterling
Rebroadcast of original, 2 disks

1974 AFC Divisional Miami at Oakland
“Sea of Hands”
Bill King & Scotty Sterling
Upgraded original audio quality, 3 disks

1976 Oakland Raiders Audio Highlights
Featuring Bill Kingt & his great radio calls
from the LP “Crowning Glory”
1 disk

1977 Week 6 Oakland at New York Jets
Bill King & Monte Stickles announcers
Ken Stabler leads a 4th Quarter comeback
3 disks

Super Bowl XV Oakland vs. Philadelphia
Bill King & Monte Stickles announcers
Postgame included, 2 disks

1982 Week 1 LA Raiders at San Francisco
Bill King & Rich Marotta on KNX
Marcus Allen’s 1st NFL game & 1st game as Los Angeles Raiders
With commercials, 4 disks

1988 Week 14 Denver at LA Raiders
Bill King radio broadcast with TV broadcast merged
*on 1 DVDs

** MLB **********

8-22-1982 Boston at Oakland
Billyball A’s vs. Yaz on his 43rd birthday
Bill King & Lon Simmons announcers on KSFO
With commercials, 2 disks

9-19-1988 Minnesota at Oakland
A’s win the West!
Bill King & Lon Simmons announcers on KSFO
With postgame interviews, 3 disks

9-20-1989, Game #151
Oakland A’s at Cleveland Indians
Rickey Henderson leads off game with a HR, 40th time in his career
Bill King, Lon Simmons, & Ray Fosse announcers
Exciting game, 3 disks

9-4-2002 Kansas City at Oakland
A’s win 20th in a row!
It’s the game they made the movie about, Moneyball
Bill King & Ray Fosse announcers
Nice quality, network raw feed
Pregame, postgame, 5 disks

1988 – 1989 – 1990 Oakland A’s
Segments of original radio broadcasts featuring Bill King, Lon Simmons, & Ray Fosse
-1988 ALCS vs. Boston game 2
-1988 ALCS vs. Boston game 4
including final 3 outs as the A’s win the pennant!
-1988 World Series vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game 1
does not include Gibson HR
-1989 A’s clinch the A.L. West
-1989 World Series vs. San Francisco Giants
portions of Game 1, 2, & 4, including postgame
-1990 A’s clinch the A.L. West
*All audio files on 1 DVD

** NBA **********

1974-1975 Golden State Warriors Audio Highlights
Featuring Bill King & his great radio calls
from the LP “The Yeaar of Excitement”
1 disk

10-25-1977 Golden St. Warriors at Chicago Bulls
Bill King announcer on KNBR
3 disks

11-11-1977 Kansas City Kings at Golden State
Otis Birdsong & Scott Wedman vs. Barry, Parrish, & Phil Smith
Bill King announcer
Good game, commercials, 3 disks

11-25-1977 Golden St. Warriors at Philadelphia 76ers
Dr. J in good OT game
Bill King announcer on KNBR
3 disks

12-6-1977 Houston Rockets at Golden St. Warriors
*A classic King broadcast that includes Bill ripping the refs,
and a stirring Holy Toledo at the end!
Moses Malone, Rudy T, & John Lucas vs. Barry, Parish, & Ray
Bill King announcer on KNBR
3 disks

12-8-1977 Milwaukee Bucks at Golden St. Warriors
Bill King announcer on KNBR
3 disks

1-18-1978 Washington at Golden State
Elvin Hayes & Wes Unseld battle Rick Barry & Phil Smith
Bill King announcer
Commercials, 3 disks

11-25-1981 Golden St. Warriors at Boston Celtics
Bird, Parish, & McHale vs. Bernard King, Joe Barry Carroll, & World B. Free
Bill King announcer
3 disks

** MISC. **********

Bill King Remembered
An audio tribute to the life & times of Bill King recorded on the day of his passing October 18, 2005. This radio special hosted by Big Bruce MacGowan, is full of rare and memorable Bill King calls. Even after all these years it will still give you goose bumps.
1 cd

Bill King “Holy Toledo!” CD
Over 30 minutes of some of the greatest call in the legendary career of Bill King
Includes a rare Warriors clip & a brief interview of Bill by Rick Barry
1 disk

1976 Oakland Raiders Audio Highlights
Featuring Bill Kingt & his great radio calls
from the LP “Crowning Glory”
1 disk

1974-1975 Golden State Warriors Audio Highlights
Featuring Bill King & his great radio calls
from the LP “The Yeaar of Excitement”
1 disk

July 29, 2017

Bill King gets Cooperstown coronation: ‘This is a Holy Toledo moment’

Bill King, the greatest announcer in my lifetime, is finally being honored this weekend by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Most of us grew up listening to Bill, he was the voice of our youth.

He described most of the greatest sports moments of my life. I met him once, a moment I will never forget (a story for another day). His unique style and unabashed tirades were what made him legendary.

He could paint you a verbal picture that was forever etched in your mind.

I just wish he was here to enjoy this special moment.

Bill King
Hall of Fame
Class of 2017
Holy Toledo!

(Here is an article about Bill written by Dan Brown that I thought you might enjoy.)

By Daniel Brown
Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: July 29, 2017

Holy Cooperstown!

During a sun-splashed afternoon on baseball’s sacred ground, Bay Area broadcasting favorite Bill King finally got his due.

“I think this is a Holy Toledo moment,” his stepdaughter, Kathleen Lowenthal said Saturday, using her stepfather’s signature call in accepting the Baseball Hall of Fame’s top broadcasting honor. “It is for me.”

King spent 25 years captivating A’s fans with rousing calls that ranged from Rickey Henderson’s stolen base records through the “Moneyball” 20-game winning streak. King died in 2005, but colleagues such as longtime radio partner Ken Korach campaigned relentlessly for him to be honored with the Ford C. Frick Award.

The work paid off Saturday at Doubleday Field. With Korach smiling in the crowd and seated next to Hank Greenwald, who teamed with King on Warriors broadcasts, Lowenthal saluted the sustained effort it took to end the wait.

“Bill never sought out awards of any kind but he was only human and he certainly enjoyed the accolades,” Lowenthal said her speech. (The quotes in this story came from the live stream of the ceremony still available at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page.)

“But never in a million years did he believe he would be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. When people would bring it up, he would brush it aside. Fans and friends and colleagues brought it up all the time — even I did. Bill loved broadcasting. He just really loved talking to you.”

King became a fixture in Bay Area sports starting in the late 1950s, when he was hired by KSFO as a fill-in broadcaster on Giants games — subbing for Lon Simmons and Russ Hodges, his fellow future Frick winners.

The Warriors hired him in 1962 and the King added Raiders play-by-play to his duties in 1966. From then on, it was as if his erudite phrasing and emotional crescendos were always floating somewhere through the Bay Area air.

Joe Morgan, the baseball Hall of Famer who grew up in Oakland, said as much Saturday before presenting the Frick Award to Lowenthal.

“Bill King, in my mind was truly a man for all seasons,” Morgan said. “Because he taught me how to listen to Warriors basketball, A’s baseball and the Oakland Raiders. This is a great honor for me.”

Lowenthal, whose mother, Nancy Stephens, was with King for 44 years, noted that King’s varied sports talents represented only a fraction of his staggering breadth of knowledge.

She said King loved sailing, ballet, opera, jazz and fine arts. He grew so interested in Russian history that he learned the language, too.

“All of his varied interests, his encyclopedic knowledge of baseball and his voluminous vocabulary made him the broadcaster he was,” Lowenthal said.

MLB Network broadcaster Matt Vasgersian, who grew up in Moraga, narrated a video introducing King’s career to the audience, calling him “one of the most influential figures in the history of sports broadcasting. … It was fitting for a man who enjoyed opera and ballet to have his own voice referred to as ‘poetry on the radio.’”

Vasgersian noted that there are many who think King did his best work on football … and even more who think he was best at basketball.

But baseball is the first sports Hall of Fame to honor King — which would have been fine by him, Lowenthal said. She said baseball was his “first love.”

She also recalled what it was like going to A’s games in person being surprised to see so many fans with ear buds connected to their transistor radios.

“Fans could not get enough of Bill,” Lowenthal said. “Even though they were at the game, they still wanted to hear what Bill had to say about what they were seeing.

“Bill had a really special relationship with his audience. He told me one time that he would have one person in mind when he was broadcasting. And I think that’s why his broadcasts came across so personal — as if he was talking to you.”

King, visited the Baseball Hall of Fame just once, in 2004, when A’s closer Dennis Eckersley and Bill’s former A’s broadcast partner Lon Simmons were both honored. Lowenthal said he remained “exhilarated” by that visit until the day he died.

Now, King will be part of the place forever.

“And I really wish he could walk out of that Iowa cornfield right now,” Lowenthal said, “and see for himself the tremendous respect and fondness his fans and colleagues still hold for him today.”

July 17, 2017

Here is What’s New at Holy Toledo! Your Source for Vintage Sports Video

With training camp just a few days away the tine has come to finish up your summer projects and begin to prepare for the 2017 season. In my case I am clearing off my desk, going through the stacks of vintage sports videos that have accumulated over the summer. Typically most of my items listed here are actual football game broadcasts, however you see this list has a variety of different types of sports videos.

Here are some highlights:
Raiders Fans take note. I finally found two missing Raiders Yearbooks!
With the addition of the 1981 Oakland and 1988 LA Raiders yearbooks, this means I now have ever Raider yearbook from 1964 to 1983. The only yearbooks still missing are the 1984, 1986, and 1989, otherwise I have them all up to the current 2016 season.

**If anyone has these three missing yearbooks I will gladly offer you a substantial trade reward for a copy.

Check out the Game Of The Week List featuring the 1965 game Gale Sayers scored 6 TDs, and the very first regular season overtime game from 1974.

Be sure to check out all the various documentaries included in this list. There is some fantastic shows included here.

Just want actual game broadcasts?
Eric Dickerson or LA Rams fans will enjoy a couple games I picked up, games where Dickerson rushes for over 200 yards!

Buffalo Bills fans will like seeing a few interesting games I picked up featuring the great Thurman Thomas. There is also a tremendous copy of a great ’91 QB duel between Jim Kelly and Marino

If you like Jim Kelly you may want to look thru the new games I picked up featuring his early years with the Houston Gamblers. I’ve actually acquired quite a few new USFL games, all listed below.

“THE GAME NOBODY SAW”
Now you can see this wild 34-33 game! The famous 1985 USFL game between Jim Kelly’s Houston Gamblers and Steve Young’s LA Express. Kelly’s 574 yards passing is the most ever in American pro football history.

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT
Last week was the 40th anniversary of one of the worst promotions ever. Bill Veeck’s Chicago White Sox thought it would be a great idea to have “Disco Demolition Night.”

During the break between games of a doubleheader a local rock DJ was going to blow up a bunch of disco albums. Fans were encouraged to bring their disco records to the game. The number of kids who showed up, and the events that unfolded that night were completely unexpected.

I have a copy of the entire game 1, plus the mayhem that occurs just prior to game 2. Also included is local news reports and a look back after all these years.

Baseball fans also will notice that I found my original recording of the 2004 ALCS Game 7 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees. I’ve made a 5 disks copy of this very nice quality recording, it includes extended postgame.

Basketball Fan?
Golden State Warriors Fan?
Cleveland Cavaliers fan?
I have ever game, every minute of The Trilogy, the last three NBA Finals.
I also have every postseason game of the Golden State Warriors during the past three epic seasons.

BIG NEWS COMING SOON!
Holy Toledo do I have exciting news to share with you. Unfortunately I can’t reveal this huge news just yet, but when I do there will only be two words escaping from your mouth, “Holy Toledo!”
The BIG NEWS will be revealed next week.

Enjoy the list and keep watching us at Holy Toledo!
I have many new games on the way…

Sincerely,
Bill
from Holy Toledo!
holeytoledo@sonic.net

*** What’s New *****

*** NFL YEARBOOKS *********
1981 Oakland Raiders Yearbook
1988 LA Raiders Yearbook

Other Yearbooks:
1970 San Diego Chargers Yearbook
1972 San Diego Chargers Yearbook
1980 Buffalo Bills Yearbook
1980 St. Louis Cardinals Yearbook

2014 Set of All 32 Teams Yearbooks (4 disks)
2015 Set of All 32 Teams Yearbooks (4 disks)

*** NFL Game Of The Week Shows ********

1965 wk13 San Francisco at Chicago
Gale Sayers score 6 TDs!!

1966 wk2 Green Bay at Cleveland

1974 wk2 Pittsburgh at Denver
1st regular season overtime game

1976 AFC Championship Pittsburgh at Oakland
Hard to find this one

Super Bowl XI Oakland vs. Minnesota
Not the highlight show but an actual episode of Game Of The Week

1977 AFC Divisional Oakland at Baltimore
Rare version of the Ghost To The Post game

1977 AFC Championship Oakland at Denver
1986 Wk10 LA Raiders at Dallas
2004 AFC Divisional NY Jets at Pittsburgh

*** NFL DOCUMENTARIES *********

This Week In Pro Football
1972 Week 5
1972 Week 7
1972 Week 8

This Is The NFL
1975 Week 1o

NFL ’71 (Year in Review)
NFL ’72 (Year in Review)
NFL ’73 (Year in Review)
NFL ’74 (Year in Review)
NFL ’75 (Year in Review)
NFL ’76 (Year in Review)
NFL ’77 (Year in Review)
NFL ’78 (Year in Review)
NFL ’79 (Year in Review)

“Raiders Report” from 2005 featuring a great segment about John Madden getting into the NFL Hall Of Fame

-The Legendary Voice of John Facenda
-The AFL featuring Joe Namath, Don Maynard, & Otis Taylor
-Lombardi’s Redskins
-10th Anniversary of Monday Night Football
-20th Anniversary of Monday Night Football
-Top 36 Moments on Monday Night Football
-Greatest Sports Legends: Fred Biletnikoff (30 min.)
-Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder
-A Glorious Game (great show narrated by John Facenda)
-A Game Of Passion (60 min. includes John Madden)
-In The Crunch (Stabler, Unitas, Staubach, Sipe, Elway, Montana, Bradshaw)
-The Hunters (Facenda narrates w/ Ben Davidson, Carl Eller, Walt Garrison, 30 min)
-Star Spangled Sundays (a 4 hout, 4 part documentary)
-Strange But True Stories of the NFL (Vincent Price)
-A Tale of Two Cities (all about the 49ers-Cowboys rivalry)
-Tailgating Paradise (all about the food served at various tailgate parties)

*** NFL ********

1978 Wk2 Seattle at Pittsburgh
Largent & Zorn vs. The Steel Curtain
Sam Nover & Mike Haffner announcers
Pregame, 2 disks

1979 Wk4 Baltimore Colts at Pittsburgh
Tight game decided in the 4th Quarter
Joe Washington & Roger Carr vs. The Steel Curtain
Sam Nover & Bob Trumpy announcers
2 disks

1979 Wk10 Washington at Pittsburgh
Redskins defense came in having allowed the least points in the NFL
Steelers roll up 545 yards
Bradshaw’s 1st ever 4 TD pass game, 2nd ever 300+ yard passing game
Swann & Stallworth both over 100 yards
Curt Gowdy & Hank Stram announcers
Very interesting Halftime Show
Very Good to Good Quality, Halftime, commercials, 3 disks

1979 Wk11 Pittsburgh at Kansas City
Chuck Noll vs. Marv Levy
Don Criqui & John Brodie announcers
C quality, 1 disk

1979 Wk16 Buffalo at Pittsburgh
Steelers clinch AFC Central in style
Steel Curtain pitches a shutout
Franco Harris 100 yards 2 TDs
Don Criqui & John Brodie announcers
Good Quality, commercials, 3 disks

1980 Wk1 Cleveland at New England
Steve Grogan vs. Brian Sipe
Sam Nover & Bob Trumpy announcers
1 disk

1982 Wk9 Cleveland at Pittsburgh
Steelers over 500 yards of offense
Franco & Swann both +100 yards
Paul McDonal +300 yards 3 TD, but 4 Ints
Big game for Ozzie Newson
Announcers: Bob & Bob, Costas & Trumpy
Very Nice Quality, Halftime, Postgame, commercials, 2 disks

1984 Wk10 Los Angeles Rams at St. Louis Cardinals
Eric Dickerson rushes for 208 yards
Good game between two teams with playoff hopes
Neil Lomax to Roy Green is a lethal combination
Dick Stockton & Hank Stram announcers
Nice Quality, 2 disks

1986 Wk5 Tampa Bay at Los Angeles Rams
Erick Dickerson 207 yards rushing, 245 total, 2 TDs
Exciting tough OT game
Hall of Fame matchup: Steve Young vs Dickerson & Kevin Greene
Wayne Walker & Johnny Morris announcers
Halftime, 2 disks

1990 Wk3 Buffalo at New York Jets MNF
Career high for Thurman Thomas 214 yards rushing
Ken O’Brien & rookies Blair Thomas & Rob Moore
Frank, Al, & Dan announcers
Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1990 Wk11 New England at Buffalo
Thurman Thomas 165 yards 2 TDs
Bills defense pitches a shutout
Jim Donovan & Bob Trumpy announcers
1 disk

1991 Wk1 Miami at Buffalo
Hall of Fame QB Matchup: Jim Kelly vs. Dan Marino
A great QB shootout 35-31
Thurman Thomas 165 yards rushing, 103 yards rec., 2 TDs
Bills offense rolls up over 580 yards
Dan Marino 3 TDs, Kelly 2 TDs
Bill Walsh & Dick Enberg announcers
Nice Quality, Halftime (Parcells 1st), commercials, 3 disks

1997 wk3 Detroit at Chicago
Barry Sanders 161 yards
A Black & Blue old rivalry game
Kevin Harland & Jerry Glanville announcers
Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1997 wk14 Chicago at Detroit
Thanksgiving Day game
One of my favorite Barry Sanders games,
he plays a brilliant game 167 yards 3 TDs
Down 17-3, Lions roar to a 53-20 Bear bashing
Scott Mitchell’s offense gains almost 500 yards
Summerall & Madden announcers
Halftime, Postgame, commercials, 2 dosks

200 AFC Divisional Playoff
UPGRADE: Miami at Oakland
1st postseason win for “Chucky” Jon Gruden
Tory James steals the show
Raiders “D” dominates in a Black Hole shutout
Greg Gumbel & Phil Sims announcers
Entire broadcast, Halftime, Postgame, comercials
Very Nice Quality, local postgame, x disks

2002 AFC Championship
Tennessee at Oakland
Steve “Air” McNair vs Charles Woodson
A beautiful 5 disc Upgrade of a legendary game
Entire broadcast, Pregame, Halftime, Postgame
Very Good Quality, Local Postgame, 5 disks

**** U.S.F.L. ***********************************

1983 Wk1 Chicago Blitz at Washington Federals
The 1st ever official USFL game premiers on ABC
Coach George Allen returns to RFK
Greg Landry completed 11 passes to WR Trumaine Johnson 156 yards 1 TD
Craig James runs for the Federals
Jim Lampley & Lee Corso announcers
Pregame, 2 disks

1983 Wk3 Oakland Invaders at Michigan Panthers
1st ever home game for Panthers, exciting game
QB Duel: Besana 341 yards 3 TDs, Hebert 3 TDs
Jim Simpson & Don Heinrich announcers
Nice quality ESPN Classic ver. 2 hours, 1 disk

1983 Wk17 Boston Breakers at Oakland Invaders
Invaders clinch the Pacific Division title as QB Fred Besana leads the way
Ex-Raiders Raymond Chester & Cedric Hardman have good games
Coaches: John Ralston vs. Dick Coury
Don Heinrich & Tom Kelly announcers
Some audio issues early, fine after 5 minutes
Brief pregame, halftime, postgame, 1 disk

1983 Semi Final Playoff
Oakland Invaders at Michigan Panthers
Big Upgrade! Very Nice Quality
Hebert & Anthony Carter vs. Raymond Chester, Art Wittington & Co.
Keith Jackson & Lynn Swann announcers
Pregame, commercials, 3 disks

1984 Wk2 Houston Gamblers at San Antonio Gunslingers MNF
Jim Kelly’s 1st professional 300 yard game, 3 TDs
Kelly’s 1st pro victory, 2nd game ever as a Gambler
Mouse Davis’s run & shoot offense rolls up big numbers
The night the lights go out in San Antonio, literally…
Jim Simpson & Paul Maguire announcers
Halftime, 2 disks

1984 Wk5 Michigan Panthers at Houston Gamblers
Wild 52-34 game with Jim Kelly‘s Run & Shoot
Bobby Hebert 4444 yards 4 TD passes
Team video, interesting angles, 1 disk

1984 Wk6 Tampa Bay Bandits at Philadelphia Stars
Kelvin Bryant powers for 3 TD’s and 114 yards on a pulled hamstring
Sam Mills, Chuck Fusina, William Fuller, Irv Eatman, Bart Oates,
Coaches: Jim Mora vs. Steve Spurrior at Veterans Stadium
Tim Brandt & Lee Grosscupx announcers
Nice Quality, 2 disks

1984 Wk15 Houston Gamblers at Denver Gold
Todd Fowler sets USFL rushing record with 208 yards, & 2 TD’s
Jim Kelly ties George Blanda & Y.A. Tittle’s pro record 36 TD’s in a season
The Gambles prolific “run & shoot” is on full display in this game
Coaches Jack Pardee vs. Craig Morton at Mile High Stadium
Tim Brandt & Lee Grosscup announcers
Nice Quality, Pregame, Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1984 Wk18 Pittsburgh Maulers at Jacksonville Bulls
The last game ever played by the Pittsburgh Maulers
I had to get this game just so I could remember these uniforms!
In a heavy downpour part of the Gator Bowl field was actually under water
The Bulls played more like alligators, swamping the Maulers
Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier & QB Glenn Carano wore flippers instead of cleats
A great day for Robbie Mahfouyz, Tom Dinkle, Mike Whiting, & Larry Mason
Coaches: Lindy Infante vs. Ellis Rainsberg
John Sanders & Steve Talbot announcers
Halftime, commercials, 3 disks

1984 USFL Semi-Final
Western Conference Championship
Los Angeles Express at Arizona Wrangles
1st ever postseason game in the state of Arizona
Tim Spencer 3 rushing TD’s
Steve Young’s rookie season, w/ Kevin Mack & Freddie Scott
Coaches: George Allen vs. John Hadl
Tim Brandt & Lee Grosscup announcers
Good game, lots of fights, 3 disks

1984 USFL Semi-Final
Eastern Conference Championship
Birmingham Stallions at Philadelphia Stars
Chuck Fusina & Sam Mills vs. Cliff Stoudt, Joe Cribbs
Kelvin Bryant runs wild 152 yards & 2 TD’s
Keith Jackson & Lynn Swann announcers
At Franklin Field
Nice Quality, Pregame, commercials, 4 disks

1984 USFL Championship
Philadelphia Stars vs. Arizona Wranglers
The league #1 & #2 defenses face off
Coaches: George Allen vs. Jim Mora
MVP: Chuck Fusina, Kelvin Bryant over 100 yards
George Allen’s final professional game as coach
Keith Jackson & Lynn Swann announcers
At Tampa, FL
Pregame, 3 disks

1985 Wk1 Houston Gamblers at LA Express
“The Game Nobody Saw”
Coaches film merged with radio broadcast, very well done
Great game between Jim Kelly & Steve Young
Kelly’s 574 yards passing is the most ever in American pro football history
Young had built up a 33-13 4th quarter lead,
but Kelly directed a legendary comeback
1 disk

1985 Wk10 Arizona Outlaws at Oakland Invaders
Hebert tosses 2 TD’s, to Albert Bentley & Derek Holloway
Doug Williams leads the Outlaws with 345 yards passing
Coaches: Charlie Sumner vs. Frank Kush
Jim Simpson and Paul McGuire announcers
1 disk

1985 Wk14 Oakland Invaders at Denver Gold
Important battle for the lead in the Western Division
Bobby Hebert 4 TD passes, 337 yards
Anthony Carter, Gordan Banks, Albert Bentley, Derek Holloway
Dave Browning, Gary Plummer, Ray Bentley, David Greenwood
Bob Gagliano, Leonard Harris, Bill Johnson,
Coches: Charlie Sumner vs. Darrel “Mouse” Davis at Mile High Stadium
Fred Manfra & Marv Levy announcers
Nice Quality, , commercials, 3 disks

1985 Wk14 New Jersey Generals at Tampa Bay Bandits
Exciting OT game, wacky ending 30-24
Doug Flutie & Herschel Walker vs. Gary Anderson
Coaches Walt Michaels vs. Steve Spurrier
Keith Jackson, Lynn Swann, & Tim Brandt
Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1985 Wk18 Arizona Outlaws at Memphis Showboats
Reggie White, Doug Williams, Tim Spencer & John Corker
In a 38-28 win QB Mike Kelley throws & runs for a TD
Coaches: Pepper Rodgers vs. Frank Kush at the Liberty Bowl
Jim Simpson & Paul Maguire announcers
Some commercials, 1 disk

1985 Wk18 Los Angeles Express at Orlando Renegades
Final game for both teams & Steve Young
Express only suit up 36 players
Coaches: Lee Corso vs. John Hadl
Fred Manfra & Billy aylor announcers
1 disk

1985 USFL Quarterfinal Playoff
Tampa Bay at Oakland
Nice Quality Upgrade of entire broadcast
Gary Anderson has a huge 1st Half, 197 total yards
Bobby Hebert & Anthony Carter lead a 2nd Half comeback
An exciting 30-27 game, Coaches: Charlie Sumner vs. Steve Spurrior
In 2nd Q:Network Breaking News return of TWA Flight 847 hostages
Pregame, Halftime, postgame, commercials, 4 disks

1985 USFL Quarter Finals
Houston Gamblers at Birmingham Stallions
Exciting back and forth game to the very end
Jim Kelly vs. Cliff Stoudt, Joe Cribbs & Jim Smith
Kelly’s weapons include Ricky Sanders, Clarence Verdin, Gerald McNeil & Richard Johnson
Keith Jackson & Lynn Swann announcers
3 disks

1985 USFL Semi-Final Playoff
Oakland Invaders at Memphis Showboats
Upgraded version no longer joined in progress
Anthony Carter has a big game 157 yards 2 TD’s
Reggie White, Mossy Cade, Mike Kelley, Tim Spencer, Walter Lewis
Albert Bentley, Gordan Banks, Gary Plummer, Dave Browning
Halftime feature on Reggie White
At the Liberty Bowl: Coaches: Charlie Sumner vs. Pepper Rodgers
Keith Jackson, Lynn Swann, & Tim Brandt announcers
Pregame, Halftime, 3 disks

1985 USFL Semi-Final
Baltimore Stars at Birmingham Stallions
#1 Defense vs. #2 Defense
Big plays are the theme of the day
Kelvin Bryants +100 yards rushing & receiving, 217 total
Coaches: Jim Mora vs. Rollie Dotsch
Keith Jackson & Lynn Swann announcers
Halftime, 2 disks

*** BASEBALL **********

5-8-1968
Minnesota Twins at Oakland A’s
Jim “Catfish” Hunter’s Perfect Game
Radio Broadcast of 9th inning + postgame
Al Helfer & Monte Moore announcers
with Postgame interview, total time 11:42
*Bonus: Include his 1987 Hall of Fame speech
(additional 6:43)

7-12-1979 Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox
The Infamous “Disco Demolition Night”
Game 1 of doubleheader + Disco Demolition
Plus news reports & the aftermath
2 disks

2004 ALCS Game 7
Boston at New York Yankees
Upgraded version of entire broadcast
Includes long postgame
Nice quality, 5 disks

*** BASEBALL DOCUMENTARIES **********

-“.406” (All about “Teddy Ballgame” Ted Williams)
-“56: The Streak” (“Joltin’ Joe” Dimaggio)
-“The Bird” (the story of Mark “The Bird” Fydrich)
-“The Making of Mr. October” (Reggie Jackson)

*** NBA FINALS **********

1980 NBA Finals Game 6
Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers
*A very diffuclut game to find
With Kareen injured Magic Johnson plays center
“Dr. J” Julius Erving, Darryl Dawkins, Jamal Wilkes scores 37
Magic Johnson’s rookie year, he dominates witth 42 points
Brent Musberger, Bill Russell & Hot Rod Hundley announcers
NBA Hardwood Classic version, Halftime, Postgame, 1 disk

The Trilogy: 2015, 2016, & 2017 Golden St. vs. Cleveland
The entire collection of every game
18 game on 64 disks

2015 NBA Finals
All 6 games, 25 disks
or individually;
Game 1, 4 disks
Game 2, 3 disks
Game 3, 3 disks
Game 4, 4 disks
Game 5, 4 disks
Game 6, 4 disks
Game 7, 3 disks

2016 NBA Finals
All 7 games, 22 disks
or individually;
Game 1, 3 disks
Game 2, 3 disks
Game 3, 3 disks
Game 4, 4 disks
Game 5, 3 disks
Game 6, 3 disks
Game 7, 3 disks

2017 NBA Finals
All 5 games, 17 disks
or individually;
Game 1, 3 disks
Game 2, 3 disks
Game 3, 3 disks
Game 4, 3 disks
Game 5, 5 disks

HOLY TOLEDO! BIG NEWS COMING SOON!
Be sure to check back next week.

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February 1, 2017

A Super List of What’s New in Vintage Sports Videos

Striving for improvement, never resting on past success, these are important qualities of a champion. It is my mission at Holy Toledo to make small improvements every day, to get better each week. When you add them all up the sum equals something significant, a measurable step forward in the journey to being a champion.

When you see “What’s New” this time you will truly see the sum off many small steps that have added up to a significant journey. It is fitting that I am posting this during Super Bowl week, a time when the two best teams will add up all of their efforts to see who will be crowned as champion.

If you are new to vintage sports videos, here is the answer as to why we do what we do:

If you grew up watching games or races on the weekends, with fond memories of guys like Dandy Don, Gowdy, Enberg, Chris Economaki, or Steve Evans, this might be a hobby for you. If you want to show your kids the greatest players like Montana, Payton, Earl Campbell, or “Snake” Kenny Stabler, this is the place for you. Maybe you wish to never forget watching “The Catch” or “The Ghost To The Post” game with your father, who has since passed away. These are just some of the many reasons to watch and collect vintage sports videos.

For those of you who I’ve traded with lately, you will be happy to know that I purchased a new DVD Copier. The old machine was dying, but unfortunately I wasn’t aware of it. This led to many frustrations, I do apologize for any inconvenience. Suffice it to say the old machine is “going, going, GONE!”

Next time I write I will explore the DVD-R vs. DVD+R issue. It DOES matter.

You are going to love some of these gems I have picked up, mostly football, some baseball, and yes some very cool racing videos. If you are a racing fan you will find the new racing videos by scrolling to the bottom of this post, just below the baseball items.

New games, new equipment, new blanks disks, Holy Toledo is ready for the big game. I bought 10 pounds of chicken wings, and 18 lbs. of pork shoulder for carnitas, chile verde, and pulled pork sliders. You know what they say “Play to win, or don’t play at all!”

Wishing all of you a Super Sunday, and remember if you ever need any vintage sports videos you can count on Holy Toledo!

So, without further ado, here is
*** What’s New at Holy Toledo! ***

Here are some of the highlights:
-The great Tom Landry’s final two games (his last home game and his final win)
-Bernie Kosar’s career passing day (and its against Dan Marino)
-A beautiful new Thanksgiving Day game (1979), well certainly new to me that includes a rare Sid Luckman interview
-Raider fans will appreciate the nice upgrade of the 1983 Thursday Night game at San Diego
-The greatest comeback in the history of Monday Night Football, an outstanding high quality 4 disk copy of the incredible ’03 Indy at Tampa Bay epic
-Steve Largent’s career day, in an important battle vs. Denver
-Hall of Fame lineman Anthony Munoz’s 1st game
-One of the most incredible endings to a game you will ever see, ‘03 Saint at Jaguars
-If you are a Walter Payton fan you will see that I’ve picked up many new games
-Bill Belichick versus Joe Montana (Cleveland at KC)
-Many new selections from the 1970’s

-The good news is that I actually found a copy of the infamous “Announcer-less game” from 1980. The bad news is that the video quality is below average for a game from that era.

*** What’s New *****

*** NFL *********

1976 Wk6 New York Jets at New England MNF
Definite Upgrade
Joe Willie Namath vs. Steve Grogan
Lou Holtz vs. Chuck Fairbanks
Howard, “The Giff” and Alex Karros announcers
Howard’s Halftime highlights, commercials, 2 disks

1977 Wk1 Detroit at Chicago
Walter Payton 160 yards 2 TD’s
Gary Bender and Tom Matte announcers
Joined in progress 1st Q approx. 4 min. 7-7
Very Nice Quality, commercials, 2 disks

1977 Wk7 Detroit at Dallas
Roger Staubach 3 TD passes, Doomsday Defense pitches a shutout
Chuck Howley inducted into the Ring Of Honor
Honored by Tom Landry at the Half
Lindsey Nelson & Paul Hornung announcers
Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1978 Wk10 New Orleans at Pittsburgh
Can Archie Manning’s Saints pull off the huge upset?
Franco Harris goes over 7000 yards rushing
Can Terry Bradshaw lead the comeback?
Jayne Kennedy interviews Landry & Staubach at the Half
Don Criqui and Hank Stram announcers
Nice Quality, Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1978 Wk12 Atlanta at Chicago
The Falcons defense vs. Walter Payton
Payton breaks Gale Sayers alltime Bears rushing record
The old man Alan Page saves the day
Tim Ryan and Johnnie Morris announcers
Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1979 Wk3 Chicago at Dallas
Hall of Fame matchup: Payton vs. Dorsett, both +100 yards
Exciting game, Four 2nd Half lead changes
Staubach throw 3 TD passes
Summerall and Brookshire announcers
Nice Quality, 2 disks

1979 Wk4 Chigo at Miami
Larry Csonka 3 TD’s vs. Walter Payton
Super-sub Don Strock leads 2nd Half scoring barrage
Curt Gowdy and Hank Stram announcers
Dolphins never punt in the entire game
Joined in progress w/ 8 min.s left in 1st Q, 0-0
Nice Quality, Halftime, 1 disk

1979 Wk5 Tampa Bay at Chicago
Bucs improve to 5-0 behind their dominating defense
Tight game between the best two teams in the NFC Central
Doug Williams matches up against Payton’s Bears
Tim Ryan and Johnnie Morris announcers
2 disks

1979 Wk6 Chicago at Buffako
Walter Payton 155 yards 1 TD
Great defensive battle
Bears hold Bills to only 7 1st down & 42 yards passing
Tim Ryan and Johnnie Morris announcers
Postgame with bonus coverage, 2 disks

1979 Wk11 Los Angeles Rams at Chigo
Down 16-0 back come the Bears
A game of big plays and Walter Payton
Vin Scully and George Allen announcers
2 disks

1979 Wk12 New York Jets at Chicago
Interesting game
Don Criqui and John Brodie announcers
2 disks

1979 Wk13 Chicago at Detroit Thanksgiving
Very Nice Quality of a game I didn’t know existed
Great Pregame, interview with Sid Luckman!
Jack Whitaker offers his pearls of wisdom
Lions shut out their rivals on national TV
Summerall and Brookshire announcers
NFL Today pregame, 2 disks

1979 Wk14 Chicago at Tampa Bay
Top 2 teams in the NFC Central battle for supremacy
Bears D shuts out the Bucs
The old man Alan Page and the rookie Dan Hampton are outstanding
Tim Ryan and Johnnie Morris announcers
2 disks

1979 Wk15 Dallas at Philadelphia
Saturday national TV broadcast
Late season battle for 1st place in the NFC East
Staubach vs. Jaworski, Landry vs. Vermeil
Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshire announcers
NFL Today Halftime, 2 disks
+ bonus Sunday morning NFL Today show

1979 Wk16 St. Louis at Chicago
Huge day for Bears and Walter Payton
Win clinches playoff berth for Bears
Bears D smothers Cards, holds them to 23 yars passing
Walter Payton 156 yards 3 TD’s
Tim Ryan and Johnnie Morris announcers
Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1980 Wk1 Tampa Bay at Cincinnati
Forrest Gregg’s 1st game as Bengals head coach
Future Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz’s 1st game
Doug Williams, Leroy Selman, Garo Yeprmian
Final year of Bengals old helmets
Curt Gowdy & Hank Stram announcers
Interesting raw feed, slight audio static, 2 disks

1980 Wk2 Pittsburgh at Baltimore Colts
Exciting game Bert Jones vs. Terry Bradshaw
A Mike Siani sighting at old Memorial Stadium
Charlie Jones & Len Dawson announcers
2 disks

1980 Wk3 Minnesota at Chicago
“Big Play Day” at Soldier Field
4 scoring plays of over 40+ yards
Includes “Reagan for President” commercial
Curk Gowdy & Hank Stram announcers
Joined after two plays, some commercials, 2 disks

1980 Wk3 Buffalo at New Orleans
Rookie Joe Cribbs outgains Muncie & Galbraith
Archie Manning vs. Joe Ferguson, Chuck Knox vs. Dick Nolan
Jay Randolph & Gene Washington announcers
With commercials, 2 disks

1980 Wk8 Detroit at Kansas City
Rookie Billy Sims 184 yards 2 TD’s in a tight game
“Early” John Madden & Gary Bender announcers
Very Nice Quality, commercials, 2 disks

1980 Wk9 Green Bay at Pittsburgh
Battle of Lynn’s: Lynn Dickey vs. Lynn Swann
Does Bart Starr have the Pack back?
Halftime includes highlights of the famous 93-7 Portland St-Cal Poly game
Brookshire & Summerall announcers
Audio issues after 39 min.s of D#2, 2 disks

1980 Wk11 St. Louis Cardinals at Dallas
“Big Play Day” in Big D
4 scoring plays of over 50+ yarts
Fun game to watch
Roger Staubach & Frank Gleiber announcers
Nice Quality but slight audio static, Halftime, 2 disks

1980 Wk12 Washington at Dallas
Cowboys get 5 sacks, but commit 6 turnovers
Summerall & Brookshire announcers
Some commercials, 2 disks

1980 Wk14 San Diego at Washington
Fouts versus Theisman
#1 Passing offense vs. #1 Passing defense
Charlie Jones and Len Dawson announcers
1 disk

1980 Wk16 New York Jets at Miami
Announcer-less game
C- quality, 1 disk

1981 Wk12 Detroit at Chicago
Billy Sims leads the way for Lions
Detroit D holds Bears to paltry 24 yards total offense
Dick Stockton and Johnnie Morris announcers
Halftime, Postgame, 2 disks

1981 AFC Divisional San Diego at Miami
**9.0 Quality Upgrade of one of the greatest games of Alltime
Halftime, commercials, and Postgame
Beautuful Quality, 2 disks

1982 Wk1 Washington at Philadelphia
37-34 Overtime thriller in this season opener
Many big time players in this big time game
Joe Gibbs vs. Dick Vermeil
Tom Brookshire and Wayne Walker announcers
Network has some video trouble in 3rd Q, 2 disks

1982 Wk2 Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
An Overtime thriller between division rivals!
Ken Anderson vs. Terry Bradshaw, Forrest Gregg vs. Chuck Noll
Big day fro Chris Collinsworth and John Stallworth
Don Criqui and John Brodie announcers
Nice Quality, commercials, 2 disks

1983 Wk14 LA Raiders at San Diego TNF
Nice Upgrade
Arguably the best Raider team ever vs. their rivals
Nice night for Todd Christensen and Frank Hawkins
Marcus Allen throws a TD pass, Ted Hendricks, Letser Hayes
Chuck Muncie once again cannot finish a Raiders game
Howard, Gifford and O.J Simpson announcers
“Managerie of Misfits” Raiders Halftime feature, 2 disks

1984 Wk2 New England at Miami
Dan Marino vs. Steve Grogan
includes the original “Where’s the beef?” commercial
The “Mark’s Brothers” shred the Pats
Jay Randolph & Bob Greise announcers
Nice Quality, Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1984 Wk8 Miami at New England
Dan Marino vs. Tony Eason in a high scoring game
Dolphins explode for over 550 yards
Patriots over 400 yards
Marino 4 TD passes
Charlie Jones & Bob Greise, 1 disk

1984 Wk13 Seattle at Denver
A career day for Steve Largent
Fantastic game between two tough teams
In ’84 these teams would battle twice to decide the AFC West
Marv Albert & John Brodie announcers
2 disks

1984 Wk16 Denver at Seattle
The rematch three weeks later…
This time the winner wins the AFC West
Dick Enberg & Merlin Olsen, 2 disks

1986 Wk7 Denver at New York Jets MNF
NY Sack Exchange versus John Elway
Good quality, except for about 8 minutes in the 2nd Quarter
Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1986 Wk9 LA Rams at Chicago MNF
Walter Payton vs. Eric Dickerson
Extremely close game between two great defensive teams
C Quality, Halftime, 2 disks

1986 Wk10 Miami at Cleveland MNF
Bernie Kosar career night vs. Dan Marino
Kosar 3rd highest passing yards (in a gm.) in Browns history!
Browns roll up 558 yards of offense
Above average quality, 2 disks

1988 Wk15 Dallas at Washington
The end of a legendary career… part 1
Tom Landry’s final win as a head coach
Career win #250 (3rd alltime)
Rookie Michael Irvin scored 3 TD’s
2 disks

1988 Wk16 Philadelphia at Dallas
The end of a legendary career… part 2
Tom Landry’s final game as head coach
Game #418 (3rd alltime)
Herschel Walker vs. Randall Cunningham
2 disks

1988 Wk16 Houston Oilers at Cleveland
Historic comeback by 38 yr. old Don Strock, hiss last hurrah!
Great game, bitter cold day ends in snow at Municipal Stadium
Brother vs. Brother: Clay vs. Bruce Matthews
Marty Shotenheimer vs. Jerry Glanville
Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy announcers
Very nice Quality, Halftime, 3 disks

1988 AFC Wild Card
Houston Oilers at Cleveland
All new Beautiful Quality Upgrade, Exciting game
Trumpy goes ballistic over bad call in 3rd quarter
Mike Pagel performs heroically as a emergency fiin-in QB
Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy announcers
Pregame, Halftime, 3 disks

1988 AFC Championship
Buffalo at Cincinnati
Icky Woods & Boomer Esiason lead the Nengals vs. Jim Kelly
Beautiful Quality, Halftime with Don Shula, Postgame, 3 disks

1992 Wk17 Denver at Kansas City
In essence a playoff game,
Winner qualifies for the postseason,
Loser goes home.
Enberg & Trumpy announcers
Local KC Pregame & Postgame, Halftime, 2 disks

1993 Wk7 Kansas City at San Diego
Joe Montana leads his 1st majot comeback as a Chief
Marcus Allen, Junior Seau, Derek Thomas
Dick Enberg & Bob Trumpy announcers
Very Nice Quality, Halftime, some commercials, 3 disks

1993 Wk16 San Diego at Kansas City
Down 17-0, Joe Montana leads another huge comeback
Many great players Marcus Allen, Derrick Thomas, Neil Smith, Mean, Butts, Anders, Albert Lewis
“Chiefs Update” pregame show with Kevin Ross
Charlie Jones and Todd Christensen announcers
Beautiful Quality, full broadcast, Halftime, local KC postgame
4 Disks

1994 Wk2 San Francisco at Kansas City
Joe Montana vs. Steve Young
Nice Upgrade of this Hall of Fame matchup
Complete broadcast with almost 5 hours of coverage
Extended Local KC Pregame, Postgame, & Primetime
Very Nice Quality, 4 ir 5 disks

1994 Wk6 Kansas City at San Diego
Cool Throwback uniforms
Battle for 1st place in the West
Montana, Marcus Allen, Derrick Thomas, & Junior Seau
Charlie Jones & Randy Cross announcers
Beautiful Quality, Halftime, Postgame, 3 disks

1994 Wk12 Cleveland at Kansas City
Bill Belichick vs. Joe Mantana
Many great players in this hard fought battle
Marv Albert & Paul Maguire announcers
Nice Quality, Pregame, Halftime, commercials, 3 disks

1995 Wk2 Green Bay at Chicago MNF
Guy jumps out of the stands to catch a field goal!
Incredible!
Bret Favre leads the Pack to a “Black & Blue” victory
2 disks

1996 Wk17 New England at New York Giants
“The Return of Parcells”
Down 22-0, Patriots make a big comeback
Enberg, Simms & Paul Maguire announcers
Pregame, Halftime, 2 disks

1997 Wk3 Oakland at Atlanta
Big Upgrade
My old version of this game was awful
Jeff George circles the stadium after the game
2 disks

2003 Wk5 Indianapolis at Tampa Bay MNF
“The Greatest MNF Comeback!”
Under Peyton Manning the Colts score 21 points in the final 3:37
Amazing Overtime game
Jon Gruden vs. Tony Dungy, Dungy’s return to Tampa
Big name players and big plays all night long
Madden, Michaels & Lisa Guerrerron announcers
“A” Quality, Entire broadcast, 4 disks

2003 Wk16 New Orleans at Jacksonville
**One of the crazirst endings you may ever see!
Fred Taylor 194 yards rushing + 31 recieving
Byron Leftwich vs. Aaron Brooks
Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

2008 Wk3 Miami at New England
“Birth of the Wildcat”
Ronnie Brown scores 4 TD’s & throws a TD pass!
Dolphins shock the Pats with a new formation
1 disks

2012 Wk6 New England at Seattle
1st ever matchup between Brady & Wilson
Great game with a thrilling finish
#1 Offense vs. #1 Defense
2 disks

*** NFL Shows ************

1970 San Diego Chargers yearbook
Narrated by John Facenda

1972 San Diego Chargers yearbook
Narrated by John Facenda

*** Baseball ***************

9-24-1984 Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh
Cubs win the East!
Rick Sutcliffe is the starting pitcher
Lineup includes Dernier, Sandberg, Matthews, Moreland, Cey, Jody Davis, Durham, & Bowa
Of course the announcer is Harry Karay
Other announcers include Steve Stone, Jack Brickhouse & Milo Hamilton
Nice Quality, lots of postgame, 2 disks

1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park
Unforgettable moments with Ted Williams
Legends of the All-Century Team appear
A great night for baeball

2012 NLDS Game 3
San Francisco at Cincinnati
Giants avoid the sweep, stay alive
Extra innings, 2 disks

2012 NLDS Game 4
San Francisco at Cincinnati
Behind Barry Zito the Giants even the series
2 disks

*** Auto Racing ***************
*** Shows **

40 Years of ABC at Indy
Several hours long of great Indy footage, 2 disks,
This is a rare find, and the original vhs copy is waaaaay too expensive.

NHRA Today Shows
A rae collection of this iconic drag racing show with host Steve Evans.

-NHRA Today 1st Show (April 1, 990)
-NHRA Today Joe Amato Championship Edition (11-11-1990)
-NHRA Today John Force 1st Championship Edition (11-18-1990)
-NHRA Today (with Steve Evans) (various shows from the 1993)
-NHRA Today Scott Kalitta Championship Edition (11-1994)
-NHRA Today John Force Championship Edition (11-1994)
-NHRA Today Last Show (Dec. 1998)

** Races **
1972 Winternationals
Appears to be from Wide World pf Sports featuring Big Dady Don Garlits and Don “the Snake” Prudhomme. Very cool

1988 Winston All-Stars race fmom Atlanta, GA

1989 TRW Sportsman All-Stars at Columbus, OH
1989 Summernationals at Englishtown, NJ
1989 Mile High Nationals at Denver, CO
1990 Summit Nationals at Columbus, OH
1990 Molson LeGrandnational at Montreal Canada
1990 North Star Nationals at Brainerd, MN
1990 Keystone, Nationals at Reading, PA

1993 Fram Sports Nationals at Atlanta, GA
Feauring Blaine Johnson

2003 Pontiac Excitement Nationals at Columbus, OH
2004 Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd, MN (Eric Medlin’s 1st race)

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You can view a partial game list on this site, links to your right.
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Email: holytoledo@sonic.net
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January 29, 2017

It’s National Vintage Sports Video Day!

If ever there was a day meant for watching vintage football games on dvd, today is that day. The week between the Conference championships and the Super Bowl is for most of us a dead week. Nobody I know over the age of 10 gets excited about the Pro Bowl. There is no racing, no baseball, just tall college boys in shorts, and frankly that just doesn’t do it for me. So where do we turn? Do what I do, pick out a favorite game from your vintage sports library and watch the legends play in legendary games.

On behalf of all of us collectors, seize this day, and do hereby declare today National Vintage Sports Video Day!

So if you are in Miami get your ass off the beach and watch Czonka or Marino, those in KC pull our your copy of Super Bowl IV, Raider fans put on Super Bowl XVIII or the Holy Roller. if you are a Cubs fan watch game 7. Steelers fans pick out anything from the 1970’s, Cowboys fans might wish to watch the 1992 NFC Championship, or since it is somewhat of a religious holiday, the Hail Mary game may be appropriate.

Personally I’m watching the great Monday Night Football game from 1978 at the Astrodome. You remember it, Earl Campbell & Howard Cosell vs. the mighty Dolphins of Miami. Luv ya Blue!

My father, who could care less about old football games is watching the 1984 NHRA U.S. Nationals on dvd. He, while sitting by a warm fire is watching Big Daddy Don Garlits face off with a young brash kid from Florida named Darrell Gwynn. He’s going to see some funny cars driven by Dunn, McCuloch, and Bernstein. That is the beauty of this holiday, the menu is wide open for you to choose.

Today we claim as our own.
From this day forth, and every year after, I declare that the Sunday before the Super Bowl will always be our official holiday. This day will forever be known as…
“National Vintage Sports Video Day”.

Go forth and watch Ray Scott or Curt Gowdy, soak up Howard and Danderoo, relive the greet Bill King. Just take a few minutes of this special day and claim it as your own.

Holy Toledo!

December 8, 2016

Legendary Announcer Bill King Voted Into Hall Of Fame

Filed under: A.F.L., NFL, Oakland A's, Oakland Raiders, Uncategorized — Bill @ 10:17 am

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One of my heroes was honored yesterday.

Raiders-A’s-Warriors legendary announcer Bill King was voted into the Hall of Fame yesterday.

I have such mixed emotions about this.

Thrilled that Bill finally made it.

Sad that he wasn’t able to witness how much he was loved & appreciated.

And all of this on the eve of a Raiders-Chiefs game.

Holy Toledo indeed.

Remind me to tell you the unforgettable story about the day I met Bill King.

Meanwhile here  are two good articles that I will share with you.

“Arrhythmic poetry to Bill King making Hall of Fame posthumously”

By Ray Ratto

December 7, 2016

Bill King would have found his entrance into the Baseball Hall of Fame for winning the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting a satisfying but indisputably odd thing for him to receive 11 years after his death. He would have said, and I can guarantee this, “Well, my work must have dramatically improved in the last few years.”

And Hank Greenwald, Lon Simmons, Greg Papa and all his other broadcast partners would have laughed and nodded. King knew he was good and didn’t mind being recognized for it, but he wouldn’t miss the weird touch of being hailed for it after his passing.

Nor would he have missed the amusing notion that he won the award in his ninth time as a finalist. The A’s teams whose exploits he described for a quarter-century reached the postseason nine times but won the big only once, in 1989.

But there is an arrhythmic poetry in the notion that King’s final recognition went this way rather than while he was alive. The nation caught on to him late, if at all, and while he was the voice of all things Bay Area sports for 43 years between the Warriors, Raiders and A’s, he was happily non-telegenic, and thoroughly content with living outside the troika of national broadcasting circles (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago) of the time.

He did want to be thought of as he is today by a larger audience, because he was a man with a healthy respect for his own talent and work ethic, but he knew the deal when he took it, and he took it happily. He was allowed to be himself by three separate owners (which is three over the current national average, given that broadcasters are now given a daily party line that must be adhered to), and he took full advantage. Talent gets you that kind of freedom, and obstinacy in the face of control allows you to use it fearlessly.

And now it’s been noticed, ironically enough in the sport most people thought was his third best. The NBA’s Curt Gowdy Award, given since 1990, includes many of his contemporaries (Chick Hearn, Johnny Most, Al McCoy, Joe Tait, Bill Schonely, et. al.) but not him, and the NFL’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, given since 1989, is almost exclusively reserved for network TV announcers, though some of King’s radio compatriots (Buffalo’s Van Miller and Pittsburgh’s Myron Cope) have also won.

But baseball embraced the Internet vote first, and King got consistent support from Bay Area fans who kept his name alive through a number of failed attempts when the voting was done by the public; he won under a new system in which winners are selected by a 17-person panel, which many people thought was not his best constituency.

If King were alive and still active, he would have been properly appreciative, though one should not have been surprised had he pulled a Bob Dylan with the Nobel Prize people and skipped the induction ceremony next July: “Thanks for the award, but I’ll have been in New York the week before and I’m taking that weekend off to sit on the boat. Give (Hall of Fame director) Jeff Idelson a ‘Holy Toledo!’ for me, and pass that bottle over here.”

It’s how we would want him to want it, anyway.

BILL KING: 1927-2005 / Erudite voice of Bay Area sports

David Bush, Chronicle Staff Writer

Published 4:00 am, Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Bill King, who described in his distinctive rapid-fire style some of the greatest moments in Bay Area sports history and connected with generations of local sports fans, has died.

King, 78, died in San Leandro Hospital early Tuesday morning of a pulmonary embolism. He underwent surgery on Friday to repair his artificial hip but developed a blood clot.

He was the radio voice of the pro basketball Warriors from their 1962 arrival in the Bay Area through 1983, the pro football Raiders from 1966 through 1992 and the baseball A’s from 1981 through this past season. Radio station KNBR, which was King’s professional home for a large part of his career, devoted its entire programming Tuesday afternoon to replaying memorable play-by-play calls and interviewing colleagues.

King was almost as renowned for his handlebar mustache and wide-ranging interests as he was for the trademark “Holy Toledo” exclamation he used to punctuate exciting plays.

“We’ve lost a unique person, no doubt about that,” said former broadcaster Lon Simmons, who shared the A’s booth with King from 1981 through ’95.

King was the audio link to the Warriors during their championship season of 1974-75. His calls of great Raiders moments from their heyday of the 1970s are still often replayed. And he was behind the microphone during the A’s run of three straight World Series appearances, 1988-90.

“He was the essence of what a sportscaster should be,” said Hank Greenwald, who was King’s broadcast partner on the Warriors before Greenwald became the voice of the Giants in 1979. “He had the ability to capture what was happening and enable listeners to see it as vividly as if they were in the arena themselves.”

“His name should be on the wall of the (Oakland) Coliseum with (Rollie) Fingers and (Catfish) Hunter and (Dennis) Eckersley and the rest,” said Ken Korach, King’s A’s broadcast partner the past 10 years. “He’s meant more to the organization than anyone. He touched so many lives — he was like a member of the family for millions of people.

December 5, 2016

Holy Toledo Holiday Specials! Vintage Sports Video Sale!

Holy Toledo! It’s time for Vintage Video Holiday Specials!
Here are several amazing deals to choose from.

Relive the greatest sporting moments of your life anytime you wish.
Hear the great announcers of your youth.
Add to your collection, or help someone start a new collection.

***For Racing Fans!
Any 10 Vintage Racing videos – $65
(or Any 5 Vintage Racing videos – $35)

***A Feast for Football Fans!
Any 10 Vintage Football games – $75
(or any 5 Vintage Football games – $40)

***Cubs Fans Rejoice!
Two Cubs Combo Packages to choose from.

-Cubs Combo #1 – $59
All 7 World Series Games for just $59.99
Includes incredible postgame coverage after Game 7!
This includes a bonus show called “Confessions Of A Cubs Fan”
17 DVD in all – Includes shipping

-Cubs Combo #2 – $99
All 7 World Series Games,
PLUS seven Cubs playoff victories vs. SF and LA!
14 historic Cubs games in all for only $99
This includes a rare bonus game from September 24, 1984
Rick Sutcliffe pitches a 2-hitter as the Cubs clinch the National League East!
34 DVDs in all

***Three SF Giants Specials!

-2010 World Series – All 5 games versus the Texas Rangers
$35 – 10 DVDs in all

-2012 World Series – All 4 games versus the Detroit Tigers
$28 – 9 DVDs

-2014 World Series – All 7 games versus the Kansas City Royals
$49 – 18 DVDs

**Order any of the Giants World Series packages and you become eligible to add-on any of these 5 unforgettable Giants games for only $7 each

Five Historic Add-ons to choose from:
-2010 game #162 San Diego at San Francisco
If the Giants don’t win the final game of the season, they won’t get to the post-season

-2010 NLCS game 6 San Francisco at Philadelphia
Giants win the Pennant!

-2012 NLDS game 5 San Francisco at Cincinnati
Posey slams the Reds t win the series

-2014 NL Wild Card game San Francisco at Pittsburgh
Mad Bum starts his incredible post-season run

-2014 NLCS game 5 St. Louis at San Francisco
Ishikawa hits a “walk off” to win the Pennant!

To view the complete lists of Vintage Videos use the links to your right, or email me at: holeytoledo@sonic.net

All packages include shipping.

Happy Holidays fro Holy Toledo!

November 23, 2016

Big News In Vintage Sports Videos at Holy Toledo!

Big news in the world of vintage sports video! Three games that were never known to exist have surfaced. Granted these may not be perhaps the most sacred of games, but they are important to those who collect the old Monday Night Football games.

1981 Week 4 L.A. at Chicago MNF
1981 Week 15 Atlanta at L.A. MNF
1984 Week 2 Pittsburgh at NY Jets TNF

Also recently discovered is a beautiful recording of a game in which an NFL record was set. Well several records actually. We hear so many numbers in football sometimes they don’t always sink in, but consider these eye popping gems.

In 1979 the Rams defense had the game of a lifetime. They held the Seahawks to
-7 total yards in one game
Only 1 1st down
-30 yards passing in an entire game
The Seahawks managed only 2 completions the entire day!

It is a given that I love to watch or listen to these old games. The old announcers bring back so many memories, and I love the look of the old stadiums like Shea, or Memorial Stadium in Baltimore (their field was not a field of grass, let’s just be honest and call it what it was… dirt). What I love about watching a game from Memorial Stadium is the sound. If you listen carefully you hear their famous band, the old school cheerleaders, the crowd noise is so intimate you can hear individuals as they cheer on their favorite players. It is unlike anything you hear today, it’s a throwback to a different time, and no blaring music!

This latest version of “What’s New” is a particular favorite of mine because of it’s diversity. It is loaded with not only vintage TV broadcasts, but a great radio broadcast, and a few fantastic sports documentaries that you will love.

Highlights of “What’s New” include:

-Do you remember Brian Sipe and the “Kardiac Kids”?
Well I found the game that started it all in week 1 of 1979. Yes I know officially the Kardiac Kids are considered to be the 1980 Browns, of which I have many of their games, but where it all began was on a September day at Shea.

-One of the great baseball games of the 1970’s took place at Riverfront Stadium. It was the deciding game 5 of the National League Championship. The Pirates were only three outs away from the World Series. What occurs in the bottom of the 9th inning in the stuff of legends, topped off with one of the most bizarre endings to a Championship Series ever. No TV broadcast is known to exist, but I found the original Reds radio broadcast featuring a very young Al Michaels & Joe Nuxhall. It even includes some postgame. This a a great one.

-“Finley’s Heroes” The Story of the 1972 Oakland A’s
The audio recording of the LP that was sold in 1972. It tells the story of the upstart A’s, featuring the radio calls of Monte Moore. This was a really cool and rare find.

-Many interesting football games from the 1970’s
-Joe Montana’s final big moment as a 49er
-George Allen’s final NFL regular season game
-Lots of LA Rams great moments
-The Orange Crush
-and as always some historic college football

Documentaries new and old:
-“Shea Goodbye” – A beautiful look at the old stadium.
-“85” – This almost 2 hour long new documentary is all about “the greatest team in the history of the NFL” that was only broadcast on local TV in Chicago.

Take a leisurely stroll down this list, it will be a walk down memory lane.
If you want to see my updated complete vintage lists just email me a request.
As always I am open to trades.
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I want to take a minute and wish everyone a happy holiday season. In this time of political turmoil let us take time to to remember what is most important, family, friends, and vintage sports!

Sincerely,
Bill
from Holy Toledo!
holeytoledo@sonic.net

*** What’s New *****

*** NFL *********

1977 Wk7 Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans
Saints upset heavily favored Rams in this wild game
Seven lead changes & twice tied
Chuck Muncie & Tony Galbreath combine for 208 yards
Lawrence McCutchen & Harold Jackson lead the Rams
Vin Scully & Alex Hawkins announcers
Nice quality, halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1977 Wk13 Washington at St. Louis Cardinals
Huge game for both teams battling for playoffs, loser goes home
7-5 George Allen vs. 7-5 Don Coryell, Billy Kilmer vs. Jim Hart
Terry Metcalf has a huge day
Summerall & Brookshire announcers
Network loses audio in part of 3rd quarter
NFL Today pregame, commercials, 2 disks

1977 Wk14 Los Angeles at Washington
Incredible Quality!
George Allen’s last coached game in the NFL regular season
Billy Kilmer & Calvin Hill power the Skins to a close win
Summerall & Brookshire announcers
NFL Today pregame, halftime, missing final 5 minutes
“10” Quality, 2 disks

1978 Wk7 Pittsburgh at Cleveland
Quality of picture is good, unfortunately someday edited
the huddles with a meat cleaver, very poor 1 disk

1978 Wk9 Denver at Seattle
OT game in the Kingdome
Jim Zorn & Steve Largent vs. Rick Upchurch & Craig Morton
Curt Gowdy & John Brodie announcers
Entire game + long OT, 2 disks

1978 Wk11 Oakland at Cincinnati MNF
Upgrade: Most versions of this game are horrible
Much improved picture quality, still not great, but MUCH better
Snale Stabler is always good on Monday nights
Howard, Frank & Dandy Don, 1 disk

1978 Wk12 Green Bay at Denver
The Orange Crush vs. David Whitehurst
Big day for the late Rob Lytle & Haven Moses
Younng Lyle Alzado records a safety
Summerall & Brookshire announcers
Halftime, some commercials, Sperry postgame, 2 disks

1978 Wk13 Denver at Detroit Thanksgiving
Upgrade includes all the extras
Lion upset the Broncos, Monte Clark beats Red Miller
Nice picture quality, except for the tracking issues throughout
Halftime interview with Lions legend Joe Schmidt
Dick Enberg & Merlin Olsen announcers
NFL ’78 pregame, halftime, 3 disks

1978 Wk14 Philadelphia at Minnesota
Huge game for both teams produces a great game
Tarkenton leads the 28-27 come from behind victory
Frozen field at Metropolitan Stadium
Don Criqui & Sonny Jurgenson announcers
Outstanding Quality, Halftime (Jane Kennedy), commercials, 2 disks

1978 Wk14 Cleveland at Seattle
Brian Sipe & Ozzie Newson vs. Steve Largent & Ozzie Newson
Jim Simpson & Paul Warfield announcers
Pregame show about Zim Zorn, halftime, 2 disks

1978 Wk16 Kansas City at Seattle
If you are a football coach, or you want to see an old school offensive scheme,
this game features the famed Winged-T offense
Jim Zorn & Steve Largent hook up on a long TD pass
Old school players Herman “Thunderfoot” Weaver actually completes a pass
Jay Randolph & Ed Podolak announcers
Pregame, halftime, some commercials, 2 disks

1979 Wk1 Cleveland at New York Jets
The birth & origin of “the Kardiac Kids” begins here
Exciting long OT game at Shea stadium
Jets Burgess Owens has a great game
Charlie Joiner & Len Dawson announcers
Some commercials, 2 disks

1979 Wk2 Minnesota at Chicago
Big day for the legendary Walker Payton 182 yards rushing 2 TD’s
Bob Costsas & Johnny Morris announcers
Better than average quality, 2 disks

1979 Wk2 Tampa Bay at Baltimore
An old fashioned “barn burner”, good Overtime game
Interesting QB matchup: Doug Williams vs. Greg Landry
Lindsey Nelson and Paul Hornung announcers
Old Memorial Stadium, commercials, 2 disks

1979 Wk3 Pittsburgh at St. Louis Cardinals
Big 4th quarter comeback by Steelers
Good game for Rocky Bleier
Dick Enberg & Merlin Olsen announcers
some commercials, 2 disks

1979 Wk8 Chicago at Minnesota
A thrilling 30-27 game with many big plays
Walter Payton does it all TD’s passing, rushing & receiving
Despite Bears gaining almost 500 yards,
Tommy Kramer leads a dramatic comeback
Tim Ryan & Johnny Morris announcers
The old Metropolitin Stadium, 2 disks

1979 Wk9 Dallas at Pittsburgh
Battle of the titans in this Super Bowl rematch
Bradshaw vs. Staubach, Noll vs. Landry
Summerall and Brookshire announcers
Above average quality, halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1979 Wk10 Los Angeles Rams at Seattle
NFL Record game because of Rams defense
They hold the Seahawks to -7 yards total offense!
-30 yards passing, one 1st down & only 2 completed passes.
An incredible performance never before seen, nor since
Vin Scully & George Allen announcers
Beautiful Quality, halftime, 2 disks

1979 Wk11 St, Louis Cardinals at Washington
Down 27-7 in the 4th Jim Hart leads a furious comeback
Truly a fantastic finish
Gary Bender and Sonny Jurgenson announcers
2 disks

1980 Wk3 Green Bay at Los Angeles Rams
Rams score 37 points in the 2nd Quarter
Bender & Madden announcers
J.I.Progress, commercials, 1 disk

1980 Wk9 New Orleans at Los Angeles Rams
Shootout in the Wild West
Vince Ferragamo throws 5 TD passes
Archie Manning tosses 3 TD passes
Vin Scully & George Allen
Walter Cronkite news update at the half
Beautiful Quality, commercials, 4 disks

1981 Wk4 Los Angeles Rams at Chicago MNF
Until now no copy of this game was known to exist
Gifford, Cosell & Meredith announcers
2 disks

1981 Wk15 Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams MNF
Until now no copy of this game was known to exist
Steve Bartkowski vs. Dan Pastorini
Gifford, Cosell & Tarkenton announcers
Above average quality, 2 disks

1984 Wk2 Pittsburgh at New York Jets TNF
Until now no copy of this game was known to exist
Gifford & Meredith announcers
Commercials, 2 disks

1985 Wk13 Tampa Bay at Green Bay
Snow game, lots & lots of snow!
Packers over 500 yards of offense
Steve Young is Bucs QB
Jim Hill & John Dockery, 1 disk

1986 Wk12 New York Jets at Miami MNF
Jets come in 10-1, Dolphins roll up 500 yards
Marino 4 TD passes, Lorenzo Hampton 3 TD’s
C quality, 2 disks

1989 Wk6 Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo MNF
Fantastic Finish!
Several late lead changes in a great 4th quarter
Thurman Thomas & Andre Reed lead Bills offense
Everett & Flipper Anderson lead the undefeated Rams
The game is held 1 day before the SF Earthquake
Nice quality, local Buffalo postgame, 2 disks

1991 Wk17 New York Jets at Miami
Exciting OT game sends Jets to the playoffs
Jets ground game vs. Marino, Duper & Clayton
Dennis Byrd has a big game
Joe Willie Namath & Tom Hammond announcers
O.J. on the sidelines, halftime, 1 disk

1992 Wk17 Detroit at San Francisco MNF
Joe Montana plays his final game as a 49er
After being out almost 2 years he throws 2 TD passes at age 36
Barry Sanders adds another 100 yard game to his resume
Incredible story of Joe Montana, 2 disks

1994 Wk7 Kansas City at Denver
Upgrade of this legenday game
Hall of Fame QB matchup: Joe Montana vs. John Elway
ESPN Monday Night Preview
Local KC postgame
3 disks

1997 Wk2 Kansas City at Oakland MNF
Finally a quality upgrade of this incredible game
(unless you’re a Raiders fan)
Down 27-13 back com the Chiefs
Beautiful Quality, commercials, 2 disks

2000 Wk12 Oakland at New Orleans
High Quality Upgrade of a good game
Great all-around team effort by Gruden’s Raiders
An injury to Jeff Blake makes way for Aaron Brooks
High scoring game
Enberg & Dierdorf, commercials, 2 disks

200 Wk14 Oakland at Pittsburgh
Upgrade of a very god game between two good teams
Cowher vs. Gruden, Kordell Stewart vs. Gannon
Many great players, Bettis, H.Ward, T.Brown, D.Russell
Nice Quality, commercials, 2 disks

2001 Wk7 Oakland at Philadelphia
Upgrade to Beautiful Quality
Gruden vs. Andy Reid, Gannon vs. McNabb
Gumbel & Simms, commercials, 2 disks

2001 Wk14 Oakland at San Diego
Nice Upgrade on a close rivalry game
Rice & Garner lead Raiders vs. Flutie
Gumbel & Simms, commercials, 2 disks

2006 Wk10 New York Jets at New England
Pennington upsets Brady
Mangini beat Belichick, and the rivalry lives on…
Nance & Simms announcers
2 disks

2008 Wk1 New York Jets at Miami
Brett Favre’s 1st game as a J-E-T Jet
Of course he hits a deep TD pass right away
Close game, Nance & Simms, 1 disk

*** NFL Documentaries *******

“85” – The Untold Story of the Greatest Team in Pro Football History
A great show produced in 2005 thirty years after the Bears championship
1:47

30 for 30: The 1985 Bears
The great show commercial free and professionally edited

History of the NFL (John Facenda 1983, 1:16)
75 Seasons: The Story of the NFL (1:55)
“Saints, Sinnersm & Saviors” – The 1980 NFL Season
“Super 7” The story behing the Bay Areas seven Super Bowl championships

Set of 3 great shows:
Fabulous 50’s
Sensational 60’s
Super 70’s

A Football Life: Jerome Bettis
A Football Life: Paul Brown
A Football LifeL Earl Campbell
A Football Life: Dexter Manley
A Football Life: Joe Namath part 1 & 2
A Football Life: Christian Okoye
A Football Life: Ken Stabler
A Football Life: Dick Verneil
A Football Life: Bill Walsh

*** COLLEGE FOOTBALL *****

1980 South Carolina at USC
Marcus Allen vs. George Rogers
Ronnie Lott, Dennis Smith, Chip Banks, Jack Del Rio, Jeff Fisjer, Joey & Keith Browner
The USC O-line was Bruce Matthews, Roy Foster, Keith Van Horne & Don Mosebar
Mike Walden & Mike Garrett announcers
2 disks

1980 USC at UCLA
Marcus Allen (#1 in nation rushing)
vs. Freeman McNeil (#5 in nation in rushing)
Ronnie Lott vs. Kenny Easley
Freshman Jay Shroeder leads the Bruins
Many eventual pro players
Keith Jackson & Frank Broyles announcers
Exciting game, commercials, 2 disks

1984 Liberty Bowl
Auburn vs. Arkansas
Bo Jackson is Offensive MVP
Defensive MVP David Bazzel (Arkansas)
Curt Gowdy & Len Dawson, 1 disk

2004 Arizona St. at Cal
Aaron Rodgers final season at Cal
Battle of two Top 20 teams (#20 at #7)
Aaron Rodgers vs. Andrew Walter
Halftime, long postgame, commercial, 2 disks

2004 Cal at Southern Mississippi
Aaron Rodgers final regular season game for Cal
J.J. Arrington, Marshawn Lynch,
National TV game, commercials, lomg ESPN postgame w/ BCS debate,2 disks

2010 Arkansas at Auburn
Cam Newtob vs. Ryan Mallett
Over 100 points & 1000 yards
Very entertaining game
Lundquist & Danielson announcers
2 disks

*** BASEBALL **********

1972 NLCS Game 5
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Radio broadcast of this legendary game
Unbelievable finish, many Hall of Fame players
Al Michaels & Joe Nuxhall announcers
Because of a long rain delay the broadcast is joined in the top of the 2nd, no score,
1st inning is reviewed in detail, w/ postgame, 1 disk (a dvd)

1981 ALDS Game 1
Oakland at Kansas City
1st ever American League Division Series game!
“Billyball” Billy Martin & Rickey Henderson vs. George Brett & Dick Howser
Starters: Mike Norris vs. Dennis Leonard
Al Michaels & Jim Palmer announcers
Nice Quality, Pregame, 4 disks

Finley’s Heroes
The story of Charlie Finley’s 1972 Oakland A’s
The full LP digitally copied to dvd with a slide show
Hosted by longtime A’s radio announcer Monte Moore
Additional voices Jim Simpson, Al Michaels & Jim Woods
The world champion Oakland A’s, 51 minutes

Shea Goodbye: 45 Years of Amazin’ Mets
A great documentary about the old stadium
From the first game in ’64, “You Gotta Believe”, Tom Terrific, Tommy Agee & Ron Swaboda, Rusty Staub, Dykstra & Mookie, Doc & the Straw, September 1th & Mike Piazza, and of course the World Series teams of ’69, ’73, ’86 & 2000. A beautiful documentary about the old stadium they called Shea. 109 minutes

The Brooklyn Dodgers, an American Treasure
Famous documentary about “Dem Bums”, a great look at the history of baseball in Brooklyn.
102 minutes

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July 26, 2016

What’s New in Vintage Baseball Games TV & Radio

Filed under: Baseball, Oakland A's, Uncategorized, Vintage Sports Video — Bill @ 8:23 am

Holy Toledo its hot!
While we are still basking in the heat of summer I wanted to give you an update on my newest acquisitions of vintage Baseball. Some very special items of some very special moments. Lots of baseball specials and documentaries, of course TV broadcasts too. You might also notice some rare Lon Simmons (Hall of Fame announcer) radio broadcasts.

Football will be here soon, so look for my offseason acquisitions posted here soon.

Sincerely,
Bill
from Holy Toledo!
holeytoledo@sonic.net

*** What’s New *****

** Major League Baseball ************

6-15-1969 Oakland A’s at Boston Red Sox
A’s show what lies ahead, good pitching, defense & power. Young Reggie Jackson doubles, triples & homers, Rick Monday homers, “Captain” Sal Bando knocks in 4 RBI and Campaneris steals 2 bags. A’s 3B coach is Joe Dimaggio. Recording ends after 8 innings A’s leading 13-1. Picture is pretty soft but still very cool stuff. 2 disks

1977 NLCS Game 3
Los Angeles at Philadelphia
Down to their last out Dodgers rally to win
A wild back & forth game featuring many great players
Harry Kalas & Richie Ashburn announcers

1977 ALCS Game 5
New York Yankees at Kansas City
In a game to decide the AL pennant bad blood boils over
Brett & Nettles brawl, Guidry vs. Splittorf
Dramatic 9th inning comeback wins it for the Yankees
Bill White, Phil Rizzuto & Frank Messer announcers

1980 NLCS Game 4
Philadelphia at Houston
This 5 game series ranks among the all-time best, close games, pressure & drama
Game is delayed 14 min.s in top 4th to determine a controversial call
It’s the 3rd extra inning game in a row, Carlton vs. Ruhle
Names like Rose, Schmidt, Luzinski, Morgan, Maddox & McBride, yet the heri is named Trillo
Keith Jackson, Don Drysdale & Howard Cosell announcers, 2 disks

1980 NLCS Game 5 Philadelphia at Houston
Epic extra inning battle to decide the NL pennant
Rebroadcast

1981 NLCS Game 5
Los Angeles at Montreal
Great pitchers duel to decide the pennant
A rookie named Fernando Valenzuela vs. Ray Burris
This game will be remembered for the HR hit by Rick Monday
Dick Enberg & Tom Seaver announcers, postgame included

5-22-1982 Oakland at Boston
NBC Game of the Week
Billy Martin’s A’s vs. old school Sox

1982 ALCS Game 5 California Angels at Milwaukee
Harvey’s Wallbangers win the pennant
Rebroadcast

1983 ALCS Game 1
Chicago at Baltimore (at old Memorial Stadium)
Fisk, Luzinski & Baines vs. youbg Ripken, Murray & Singleton
LaMar Hoyt out-duels Scott McGregor
Bob Costas & Tony Kubek announcers

1985 ALCS Game 5
Toronto at Kansas City
George Brett has a monster game, Saberhagen vs. Alexander
Down 2-0 in the series, & 5-2 in this game the Royals fight back
Bob Costas & Tony Kubek announcers

1987 National League Championship Series
St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants
All 7 games on DVD. The MVP and all the headlines of this dramatic series focus on “The Hack Man” Jeffrey Leonard and his “One Flap Down”. In the end however it was the Cardinal pitching that sent them to the Fall Classic.
Announcers for the series are Vin Scully & Joe Garagiola

Game 1 San Francisco at St. Louis
The Giants have the power, while the Cards have the speed
Clark, Mitchell, Leonard, Chili Davis & Maldonado vs. Coleman, Ozzie Smith, McGee, Herr & Pendleton Pregame by Marv Albert & Joe Morgan includes player introductions.

Game 2 San Francisco at St. Louis
Dave Dravecky is masterful as he tosses a 2 hitter. Will Clark & Jeff Leonard provide the offense as they both homer. Giants try to steal home twice. Postgame includes Dravecky interview.

Game 3 St. Louis at San Francisco
McGrane vs. Hammaker
The series moves west to Candlestick. Down 4-0 in the 6th, the Cards mount a comeback. Pregame & postgame by Marv Albert & Joe Morgan. Vin Scully & Joe Garagiolia

Game 4 St. Louis at San Francisco
Mike Krukow outduels Danny Cox
The Hack Man does it again
Pregame & Postgame

Game 5 St. Louis at San Francisco
Tied at 2 games each, this is a huge game
Rick Reuschel vs. Greg Mathews
Some low audio issues

Game 6 San Francisco at St. Louis
John Tudor & Dave Dravecky hook up in a classic 1-0 gem of a game. Tony Pena scores the only run on a sacrifice fly by Jose Oquendo. Pregame by Marv Albert & Joe Morgan

Game 7 San Francisco at St. Louis
It all comes down to this, one game to decide the pennant. The game turns quickly as Jose Oquendo hits a 3-rum bomb off Atlee Hammaker in the 2nd. Cardinals pitching holds the powerful Giants offense scoreless over the final 22 innings (1st ever back-to-back shutouts in the history of the NLCS). Includes pregame and postgame celebration.

1988 American League Championship Series
Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox
All 4 games on DVD
Mr. 40-40 Jose Canseco vs. Boston’s powerful lineup of Rice, Evans, Burks, Boggs & Greenwell. MVP of the series is Dennis Eclersley, who saved all 4 games, but just as easily it could have been Jose Canseco or Dave Henderson.
Gary Bender, Joe Morgan & Reggie Jackson are the series announcers.

Game 1 Oakland at Boston
Excellent pitching matchup Bruce Hurst vs. Dave Stewart. In pregame is an interesting interview of Canseco by Reggie Jackson. Tight game down to the final out.

Game 2 Oakland at Boston
Roger Clemens vs. Storm Davis in another tight game. Canseco homers again & Eckersley saves it again. Includes player introductions in the pregame.

Game 3 Boston at Oakland
The series shifts to Oakland, Mike Boddicker vs. Bob Welch. Down 5-0 early the A’s fight back with 4 HR’s, taking a commanding lead in the series..

Game 4 Boston at Oakland
A’s finish off th sweep in another close game, Stewart shuts down the Sox, Canseco hits his 3rd HR of the series & Eck closes the door. Postgame included with Reggie Jackson presenting the MVP trophy.

1989 American League Championship Series
Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays
All 5 games on DVD
Billed as Cito Gaston’s Jays with Fred McGriff & George Bell vs. The Bash Brothers. Instead it turned into The Rickey Henderson Show. Bob Costas & Tony Kibek are the announcers
Bob Costsas & Tony Kubek are the series announcers.

Game 1 Toronto at Oakland
Stewart vs. Stieb
Pregame includes breaking news Art Shell hired by Raiders, Marv Albert interviews Al Davis & Art Shell, some audio static. C quality

Game 2 Toronto at Oakland
Moore vs. Stottlemyre
Rickey steals 4 bases, goes 2 for 2, with 2 walks & 2 runs scored. “The Cobra” Dave Parker hits a big HR & Eckersley gets the save

Game 3 Oakland at Toronto
Jimmy Key beats Storm Davis. Six different Bluejays drive in runs. Pregame.

Game 4 Oakland at Toronto
Bob Welch vs. Mike Flanagan. The game will be remembered for Canseco’s mammoth shot, but meanwhile Rickey continues his rampage, 2 HR’s & 4 RBI. Audio static starts about halfway thru, C quality.

Game 5 Oakland at Toronto
Dave Stewart & Eck nail down the series in a tight ballgame. Rickey is named MVP, he stole 8 bases (caught none), was on base 13 times, scored 8 runs, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 HR’s, & drove in 5. Some postgame celebration included.

1989 National League Championship Series
San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs
Games 1, 2, 3, & 5 on DVD
Most considered these two teams very evenly matched Managers Roger “Hum Baby” Craig vs. “Popeye” Don Zimmer. Will Clark, Kevin Mitchell & Matt Williams vs.
Sandberg, “The Hawk” Andre Dawson, Grace & Dunston
What baseball fans will always remember about this series is one defining at bat,
the hit by Will Clark off of Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams
The legendary Vin Scully & Tom Seaver announce the series.

Game 1 San Francisco at Chicago
The series open at Wrigley with a wild 1st inning. Will Clark 2 HR’s including a grand slam. Scott Garrelts vs. Greg Maddux
Pregame by Marv Albert & Mike Schmidt

Game 2 San Francisco at Vhicago
Mark Grace continues his hot hitting vs. SF 3-4 4 RBI & 2 doubles as the Cubs knock out Reuschel. Commercially produced dvd.

Game 3 Chicago at San Francisco
Another wild 1st inning, Rick Sutcliffe vs. Mike LaCoss. Robbie Thompson hits the decisive HR in an exciting game. Pregame, postgame & commercials.

Game 5 Chicago at San Francisco
Mike Bielecki vs. Rick Reuschel in a tight game. Giants tie it in the 7th & take the lead in the 8th on the famous hit by Will Clark. Steve Bedrosian barely holds off the Cubs to get the save. Pregame, postgame & commercials.

9-8-1998 Chicago at St. Louis
Nark McGwire hits record HR #62 in from of Maris family
Original broadcast w/ postgame interview, 2 disks

2011 World Series Game 6
St. Louis at Texas
Legendary extra inning game for the ages
Cards down to their final out twice, back & forth
Original broadcast on 2 disks

9-26-2015 San Francisco at Oakland
End of an era, Tim Hudson vs. Barry Zito in their final game
Pregame, postgame, 3 disks

**** MLB Radio Broadcasts ****************

6-5-1970 San Francisco at Chicago
Hall of Fame announcers Russ Hodges & Lon Simmons
Juan Marichal vs. Fergie Jenkins
Mays & McCovey vs. Billy Williams, Ron Santo & Johnny Callison
4 disks

9-30-1971 San Francisco at San Diego
Giants win the NL West on the final day of the season
Mays, McCovey & Tito Fuentes lead the Giants
along with a rookie named Dave Kingman
Juan Marichal pitches a complete game 5 hitter
Lon Simmons & Bill Thompson announcers
Excellent quality, postgame from the Giants locker room, 3 disks

5-10-1972 San Francisco at Montreal
Willie Mays’s final day as a SF Giant before being traded to the Mets
Bobby Bonds, Gary Maddox & Dave Kingman lead the Giants attack
“Sudden” Sam McDowell outduels Bill Stoneman to remain undefeated
Lon Simmons & Bill Thompson announcers
Includes postgame & commercials, 4 disks

**** BASEBALL DOCUMENTARIES ***********

Baseball Seasons
A 30 minutes highlight show of each season
1959, 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969
1970, 1971, 1974, 1975
1977, 1978, 1979
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984,
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
1990, 2000, 2003, 2005

Ken Burns “Baseball” a 12 DVD set
Arguably the best baseball documentary ever

Ken Burns “Jackie Robinson”
A tremendous & enlightening 4 hour look at the life and times of this amazing man
2 disks

The Game And It’s Glory
My 2nd favorite baseball documentary ever
Hosted by Donald Sutherland

Baseball’s Greatest Pennant Races
Baseball in the 1970’s
All-time Oakland A’s a cool documentary from the late 1980’s
Harvey’s Wallbangers: The Story of the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers
History of the St. Louis Cardinals
History of the San Francisco Giant
Subway Series: The Golden Era a fantastic show all about ball in NY in the glory days
The Simpson’s Baseball Episode
featuring Bart & Homer w/ Clemens Canseco Strawberry & others

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July 10, 2016

Baseball Summer

Filed under: Baseball, Oakland A's, Uncategorized, Vintage Sports Video — Bill @ 2:39 pm

Summertime Saturday mornings in the late 60’s or early 70’s were fairly predictable for most young boys. After waking up you turned on the TV and poured a bowl of cereal. My buddy preferred Count Chocula, but I was more of an Apple Jacks or Lucky Charms kid. In those days to turn on a TV you had to pull out a big clunky knob, then came that sound, boof! If a TV made that sound today you would swear it just blew up. It would take about two minutes for the picture to appear, then you had to turn the big channel changing dial to watch Bugs, Wile E. Coyote and all the Looney Tunes gang. Once a bowl or two of Cap’n Crunch had been scarfed, and Road Runner had once again outsmarted Wile E., it was time to change the channel to baseball!

Televisions didn’t have remote controls back then, the closest thing you had was your little brother. Somebody had to get up and physically turn the dial to NBC, hopefully just in time for The Game Of The Week. Sometimes you would catch the often silly pregame show, The Baseball World of Joe Garagiola.

What followed was a two and a half hour extravaganza of color and athleticism (Yes I stated that correctly, in 1973 the average game lasted about 2 hours and 25 minutes). Because baseball wasn’t on TV very often it was about the only time all week that we got to see major league players in action. For some city kids it was the most green grass they saw all week. It was special, and for me it was something I looked forward to all week. There was only one thing that made it better, and that was if YOUR team was on TV that week.

Some of the older kids remembered Dizzy Dean as an announcer, but for us the voices that brought us baseball every week were Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek, & Joe Garagiola. Even after all these years, when you hear their voices it instantly takes you back to being a kid. You would sit in front of the tube, with your glove on one hand, smacking the baseball into the mitt with the other. You would watch intently as Kubek explained the nuances of the double play you just saw so beautifully executed by Kessinger and Beckert. Garagiola would explain why Joe Morgan would use that funny looking arm flapping thing he did just before the pitch was thrown. Naturally you would stand up and try to imitate him. Then Gowdy would give you some odd fact about a player, like how Sal Bando’s wife could make excellent Italian food. I probably learned more about baseball from those three than I did from my father.

Given that I was an energetic bushy haired boy, plus all the sugar I had just consumed, I usually made it to about the 5th inning. Then it was out the door to play ball with the kids in the neighborhood, and to show off my new Joe Morgan arm flap batting stance.

Summers lasted forever back then, but eventually the shadows grew longer and before we knew it we were back in school again. Kids today may find this hard to imagine, but there were no calculators back then, we actually did math on paper with a pencil. Perhaps even more odd, all postseason baseball games were played during the day. This caused a number of issues for teachers and students alike. It also allowed us true baseball diehards to explore our more creative side.

Who remembers sneaking in a pocket radio and attempting to listen to the game during class? Some of the more clever boys figured out that you could plug in an earphone and run the wire under your shirt. This worked great until you moved the wrong way and accidentally unplugged the earphone. This sent the sound blaring out the radio speaker, filling the classroom with the voice of Jim Simpson, thus interrupting the teacher’s lesson on the adventures of Ferdinand Magellan.

The World Series brought out the best in everyone, including us. Once one kid introduced “the perfect system” many others followed. If one of us got caught and had our radio taken away, we had reinforcements. The unfortunate ones who sat up front closer to the teacher didn’t stand much of a chance. It was for them that “the signal” was created.

What was the signal?
Cough, drop your pencil, then meet at the pencil sharpener in the back of the classroom for scoreboard updates.

Here is a typical conversation after “the signal”:
“Robinson just singled, runners at 1st & 3rd”, the informer would say.
“Brooks or Frank?” somebody would ask.
“How many outs?” somebody else wanted to know.
“Two” the informer would say as he inserted his #2 pencil into the sharpener and turned the hand crank.
As another boy joined the group he asked quietly, “Still tied?”
It didn’t take long for the teacher to notice. Like an umpire breaking up a meeting on the mound, the teacher would say, “Oh boys, may we continue with Mr. Magellan?” Returning to our desks, we were left with the last line of communication, sending hand signals while ducking behind an upright carefully positioned Pee Chee folder.

Design to be used judiciously “the signal” was only to be used in case something big or important occurred. However at age 10 we weren’t all that judicious, and almost everything was big and important.

Recess provided us with the best opportunity to closely follow the game. Most of us would gather around, pretending to be interested in tetherball, while actually listening to the radio. We would argue about who we thought was going to win, and who had the coolest looking baseball card. Rarely was there a consensus, however we did all agree on two things: Johnny Bench was the best catcher, and Oscar Gamble had the biggest hair. Everything else was subject to debate.

We would have listened to the game regardless of who was playing, but we were fortunate enough to grow up at a time when one of our local teams just happened to be really good. Most of us were A’s fans, although I had a few friends that would root for whoever the A’s were playing against. They were usually Giants fans.

The downside to growing up on the West coast was that the daytime postseason games were over by the time we got home from school. We didn’t even get to watch the highlights on ESPN of course, because that network wouldn’t exist until 1979.
As Chris Berman tells it, “College kids would ask me,
‘You mean you didn’t have ESPN?’
‘No’
‘Well… then what did you do?’”

All we could do was watch Van Amburg & John O’Reilly on the 6’o’clock news, or wait until the next morning to read the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sporting Green, or subscribe to The Sporting News and read about it a week later. Now you know why Curt Gowdy and The Game Of The Week was so important to us.

Then along came Monday Night Baseball…
Actually MNB began on NBC in 1967, but I must confess that I don’t really remember it. Perhaps this was because it was summer, and at the time these games started on the West coast, the sun was still up, so we were still outside playing ball. It wasn’t highly promoted, they didn’t show that many games, and the ratings were poor.

It all changed in 1976 when ABC started broadcasting the Monday Night Game of the Week, the announcers were Bob Prince, Bob Uecker & Warner Wolfe. For most of the nation it was our first look at the wacky antics of the colorful and talented Bob Uecker.

For ABC the bicentennial served up a promotional bonanza, America, baseball, apple pie, and Mark “The Bird” Fidrych.

His story is right out of Hollywood, or in this case Detroit. They nicknamed him “The Bird” because of his tall lanky build and the way he stalked around on the mound, but what made Mark so unique was that he talked to the baseball. Yes he thought he could convince that ball to bend just right to avoid the mighty swing of Oscar Gamble. Each inning he would get down on his knees and sculpt the dirt on the mound with both hands. The Bird was indeed a free spirit.

He also happened to be a rookie non-roster invitee, and a long shot to make the team. He did, barely, and was rarely used. Until his first start on May 15th, his major league experience consisted of only one inning. Then “The Bird” took flight. By July 3rd he was 9-1 and the talk of the nation. Every game he pitched was sold out, at home or on the road.

One night few will ever forget occurred on June 28th, 1976. A national TV audience would tune in to Monday Night Baseball to discover an all new type of bird watching. For most of us it was our first glimpse of The Bird. All he did was pitch a complete game victory over the eventual American League champion New York Yankees to win his 6th in a row. We, as well as the Yankees, were mesmerized. Fidrych “was trying to hypnotize them” said Rico Carty. For that one magical red, white, and blue summer we were all hypnotized by a tall kid from Massachusetts named Mark Steven Fidrych, forever known as “The Bird”.

Baseball stirs up so many memories for all of us, some of which are uniquely individual or personal memories. Everybody who grew up with baseball in their family has these moments, the dates may change but the story is often similar.

Watching a Saturday TV game at your grandparents house on their new color TV. Yes at one time not everyone had colored televisions and getting one was big news. You sit quietly soaking it all in as Grandpa explains how you are actually related to the great Christy Mathewson. This sends you reeling into hours of looking at that huge book he had called The Baseball Encyclopedia, and with every turn of a page came a fascinating baseball story.

I’ll bet many of you have this memory. Playing catch with Dad in the yard while the game was on the radio. Dad would give you tips and you would try so hard to impress him with your skills.

Maybe your memory is a family barbecue on a day your team played a doubleheader, or the time your uncle broke the neighbor’s window while he tried to impress you with his arm. It might be something as simple as watching your Dad work in his garage while the game played on his radio.

One of my great moments occurred on Friday night July 9th, 1971. I was spending the weekend at my grandparents house (the other grandparents). It was the year Vida Blue broke onto the scene and we turned on the radio so we could listen to the game while we played Tripoly.

Vida and the Angels Rudy May hooked up in a dandy pitchers duel that night, a scoreless game thru 7 innings. We continued playing cards until the end of the 10th inning when Grandpa announce he had had enough, he was going to bed. Vida was spectacular that night, he pitched 11 innings with 17 strikeouts and not a single walk. Meanwhile Rudy May pitched 12 innings of scoreless ball. We listened quietly as my Grandma & I played poker until the start of the 13th inning, the game was still scoreless. When Grandma called it a night, she handed me her transistor radio and said, “Don’t stay up all night.” Huddled in a sleeping bag I listened to the voice of Monte Moore quietly in the dark that night thinking that this was the coolest thing ever. I was 10 years old.

Finally in the 20th inning Angel Mangual drove in Curt Blefary and the A’s won 1-0. It set the record as the longest 1-0 game in the history of the American League. The A’s used two interesting pinch-hitters that night, Catfish Hunter and a little known player at the time named Tony LaRussa. Rollie Fingers would pitch seven innings of scoreless relief. Angels outfielder Billy Cowan struck out six times, and Tony Conigliaro went 0 for 8.

Years later I realized just how special that night was in my life. A rare confluence where a significant personal family event collides with a historic baseball moment. One could have occurred without the other, but without each other the moment would have been far less significant.

My grandparents are gone now, so the memory of that special night will be something I cherish forever. A moment more easily recalled because of the confluence of family and baseball.

Neatly woven in the fabric of every baseball fan’s life are those highs and lows that come with the love of a baseball team. I’m talking about generational wins and losses. The kind of wins that make you grin just thinking about it. Gut wrenching losses that hurt so deep they are forever impaled in your soul. We love the wins, but for most of us true diehard fans the losses are far more memorable than the wins. Perhaps it is human nature, reasons we can’t quite explain, but those lowest moments stick to us like glue.

The night Kirk Gibson hit the home run off of Eckersley I immediately turned off the TV, turned out the lights, went to bed, and I don’t think the sun came up for a week. I felt like my best girl just dumped me, somebody stole my car, and my dog ran away. Oh and that horrible nausea returns every time they replay that damn thing.

Alas I do have an equally powerful counter punch or two. Remember Joe Rudi’s phenomenal catch in the 1972 World Series? How about when Gene Tenace stood up acting like he wanted to intentionally walk Johnny Bench, only to have Rollie Fingers sling a beautiful slider right down the pipe to leave Bench dumbfounded? The hairs outfoxed the squares. I still love to listen to the cd of game 7 of the ’72 World Series, with Jim Simpson and Monte Moore.

Two years later in ’74 the A’s faced the Dodgers in what they called “The Freeway Series”. No California kid my age will ever forget it.

In game 4 A’s pitcher Ken Holtzman hit a home run off Andy Messersmith, and was the winning pitcher. The game would end on what some call the greatest double play in World Series history.

With the tying run on first and one out in the top of the 9th pinch hitter Von Joshua hit what appeared to be a seeing eye single up the middle. All of a sudden from out of the picture flashed Dick Green diving head long to his right. Somehow he managed to snare the bouncing ball and then while on his knees he flipped it to “Campy” Campaneris. Arriving at second base headed for an apparent collision was Campy, the baseball, and a speeding Ron Cey intent on making a mess of the whole situation.

In a move that Nadia Comaneci would have appreciated, Campy demonstrated his physical artistry. He grabbed the ball with his glove, and while transferring the ball to his other hand he touched second base with his foot, leaped into the air flying over the top of a sliding Cey. Then while seemingly frozen in the air he side-armed the ball towards Gene Tenace at first base. Meanwhile Von Joshua is barreling down the line so “Geno” practically does the splits in order to reach the baseball before Joshua touches first. Second base umpire Ron Luciano raised his right hand and so too did first base umpire Andy Olsen. Double play, game over drive home safely. If someone asked me what one thing defined the 1970’s Oakland A’s teams this would be that
moment.

I’ve often said that sports provides me with the timeline of my life, and baseball plays a big part in that. Pick out just about any month or year from my youth, I will quickly relate it to sports, and with a great deal of accuracy tell you where I was or who I was with. I’m sure many of you are very similar.

This is one of the great things about collecting vintage sports broadcasts. You put on that certain game, close your eyes, and suddenly you can be right back there in your grandparents living room, sitting on the old familiar couch right next to your grandpa. It is fun to watch the historic games, or to see the legendary players, but every now and then it is about the memory of that special golden moment.

We all have our own golden moments, so uniquely personal, but then there are other baseball moments so grand or spectacular that they are shared by literally millions. These are iconic snapshots of baseball history that are so familiar, no long explanation is needed to describe it. All it takes is a few words, and we all know where we were when the magic happened. Here is a brief list of some of those iconic baseball moments.

The Miracle Mets (1969)
Reggie’s All-Star Game homer off the roof at Tiger Stadium (1971)
#715 (1974)
The Carlton Fisk shot down the line at Fenway (1975)
Chambliss wins the pennant (1976)
Reggie’s 3 home runs (1977)
The Bucky Dent home run (1978)
The Pine Tar game (1983)
Pete Rose passes Cobb (1985)
Dave Henderson ruins Gene Autry’s party (1986)
Only two words… Bill Buckner (1986)
Kirk Gibson homers off The Eck (damn 1988(
Bo Jackson’s monster All-Star shot in front of Reagan (1989)
The Earthquake Series (1989)
Nolan Ryan’s 7th No-Hitter (1991(
Sid Bream’s mad dash (1992)
Cal Ripken breaks Gehrig’s #2131 (1995)
The summer of McGwire, Sosa, and Maris (1998)
Luis Gonzalez beats Rivera in game 7 (2001)
Red Sox break “The Curse” (2004)
Bonds hits HR #756 (2007
Braden is Perfect on Mother’s Day (2010)
Ishikawa hits a walkoff HR to win the pennant for the Giants (2014)

I may not have all of these great moments on dvd but I have most of them in my collection. On a quiet afternoon I will often pop in one of these dvds and just let it play while I take care of my household activities. What is interesting is if somebody drops in on me. I like to watch and see how long it takes for them to figure it out.

Here is a health tip:
If you listen to an old recording of Curt Gowdy calling a baseball game you will get so relaxed, it will lower your blood pressure. Science may prove me wrong, but I’m willing to bet four out of five dentists recommend Gowdy as opposed to Big League Chew.

Summer and baseball go together like the country fair and cotton candy, like a ball park hot dog and a cold beer. When you run the highlight reel of your youth you will find that many of your greatest moments occurred during those warm summer days, and there in the background you will notice is one constant, baseball. Sometimes it was the centerpiece as we focused on a particular game, other times it filled in as comfortable background on a lazy afternoon. We grew up with the game, we spent many seasons in the sun. Its reliable yet always ever-changing. Like an old friend, a comfortable pair of jeans, there is that quiet peace with baseball that is unlike any other sport.

As you stroll through your summer this year, look around and see how baseball plays its part. Enjoy what is new, and reflect on the past. Remember to cherish your magical moments when the confluence of life and baseball collide.

If you would like to relive some of your magic moments check out my list of vintage baseball games on DVD.

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