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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



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!

Complete 2016-17 College Football Bowl Lineup

Filed under: College Football, Uncategorized — Bill @ 2:16 pm

Unless you are like me and enjoy watching vintage racing videos, most racing fans get a little antsy this time of year. Where might they turn their attention? College Bowl games.

Meanwhile college football fans will have 41 Bowl games to feast upon this holiday season. The games kick off on Saturday December 17th , and culminate with the National Championship Game on Monday night January 9th.

Once again the CFP Semifinal games will take place on New Year Eve. Alabama takes on Washington in the Peach Bowl, while Clemson plays Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Last year these semifinal games suffered poor TV rating because of the New Years Eve date, and I suspect it will happen again. This is why we study history in school, so as not to repeat the errors of the past.

Because New Years Day falls on a Sunday, in order to not compete with the NFL, there will be no college Bowl games that day. Instead the four traditional Bowl games (Outback, Cotton, Rose & Sugar) will be played on Monday January 2nd. The Orange Bowl will be played of Friday December 30th. Notably absent from the Bowl lineup this year is Notre Dame.

Get ready to cook some chicken wings, pour a frosty cold beverage, and enjoy some college football.

*all times are ET:

Dec. 17 —
New Mexico Bowl, New Mexico vs. Texas-San Antonio
Albuquerque, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Las Vegas Bowl, Houston vs. San Diego State
Las Vegas, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Camelia Bowl, Toledo vs. Appalachian State
Montgomery, Ala., 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Cure Bowl, Arkansas State vs. Central Florida
Orlando, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

New Orleans Bowl, Southern Mississippi vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
New Orleans, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 19 —
Miami Beach Bowl, Tulsa vs. Central Michigan
Miami, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 20 —
Boca Raton Bowl, Memphis vs. Western Kentucky
Boca Raton, Fla., 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 21 —
Poinsettia Bowl, BYU vs. Wyoming
San Diego, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 22 —
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Idaho vs. Colorado State
Boise, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 23 —
Bahamas Bowl, Old Dominion vs. Eastern Michigan
Nassau, Bahamas, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Armed Forces Bowl, Navy vs. Louisiana Tech
Fort Worth, Texas, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Dollar General Bowl, Ohio vs. Troy
Mobile, Ala., 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 24 —
Hawaii Bowl, Middle Tennessee vs. Hawaii
Honolulu, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 26 —
St. Petersburg Bowl, Mississippi State vs. Miami (Ohio)
St. Petersburg, Fla., 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Quick Lane Bowl, Boston College vs. Maryland
Detroit, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Independence Bowl, North Carolina State vs. Vanderbilt
Shreveport, La., 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Dec. 27 —
Heart of Dallas Bowl, North Texas vs. Army
Dallas, noon (ESPN)

Military Bowl, Wake Forest vs. Temple
Annapolis, Md., 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Holiday Bowl, Minnesota vs. Washington State
San Diego, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Cactus Bowl, Baylor vs. Boise State
Phoenix, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 28 —
Pinstripe Bowl, Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
Bronx, N.Y., 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Russell Athletic Bowl, Miami (Fla.) vs. West Virginia
Orlando, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Foster Farms Bowl, Indiana vs. Utah
Santa Clara, Calif., 8:30 p.m. (FOX)

Texas Bowl, Kansas State vs. Texas A&M
Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 29 —
Birmingham Bowl, South Florida vs. South Carolina
Birmingham, Ala., 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Belk Bowl, Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas
Charlotte, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Alamo Bowl, Oklahoma State vs. Colorado
San Antonio, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 30 —
Liberty Bowl, TCU vs. Georgia
Memphis, Tenn., Noon (ESPN)

Sun Bowl, North Carolina vs. Stanford
El Paso, Texas, 2 p.m. (CBS)

Music City Bowl, Nebraska vs. Tennessee
Nashville, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Arizona Bowl, South Alabama vs. Air Force
Tucson, Ariz., 5:30 p.m. (ASN)

Orange Bowl, Florida State vs. Michigan
Miami Gardens, Fla., 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 31 —
Citrus Bowl, Louisville vs. LSU
Orlando, 11 a.m. (ABC)

TaxSlayer Bowl, Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky
Jacksonville, Fla., 11 a.m. (ESPN)

CFP Semifinal: Peach Bowl, Alabama vs. Washington
Atlanta, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

CFP Semifinal: Fiesta Bowl, Clemson vs. Ohio State
Glendale, Ariz., 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Jan. 2 —
Outback Bowl, Iowa vs. Florida
Tampa, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Cotton Bowl Classic, Wisconsin vs. Western Michigan
Arlington, Texas, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Rose Bowl Game, Penn State vs. Southern California
Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Auburn
New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Jan. 9 —
National Championship Game: Semifinal winners
Tampa, Fla., 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

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.
Be sure to subscribe to Holy Toledo! for free updates.

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!

from Holy Toledo!

*** 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

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


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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September 12, 2016

Rams vs. 49ers Rivalry Rekindled!

Filed under: NFL, Uncategorized, Vintage Sports Video — Bill @ 9:54 am

Long before the Rams moved to St. Louis they used to have a tremendous inner-state rival in the San Francisco 49ers. It was a battle between northern and southern California. It was John Brodie versus Roman Gabriel, Vince Ferragamo vs. Jim Plunkett,and later Joe Montana vs. Jim Everett. There were so many great games. It didn’t matter if the game was to decide the division title, or if it was just for bragging rights, the men who suited up for a Rams-49ers game knew it was going to be a battle. Ask Fred Dryer, or Fred Dean. Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds actually played for both sides of this bitter rivalry.

In 1995 when the Rams moved the rivalry fell off. It just wasn’t the same. Well the Rams are now back in Los Angeles!

Tonight that famed northern vs. southern California, 49ers vs. Rams rivalry is rekindled. It may take a few seasons to stoke up the embers, but it won’t be long and this rivalry will be raging once again.

Somewhere guys like Ray Malavasi, Dick Nolan, George Allen, Monte Clark, Tommy Prothro, Pete McCulley, Chuck Knox, and Bill Wash are smiling…

Just for fun I listed all of the old 49ers versus Rams game I have on dvd.
The oldest is from 1974, a game played at Candlestick Park on Monday Night Football. In all I have seven games from the 1970’s. There are many from the 1980’s. The final Los Angeles vs. San Francisco game was played in week 12 of 1994. I’m not sure any of us knew at that time that it was an end of an era.

Wk8 LA at SF MNF

Wk3 SF at LA

Wk6 SF at LA
Wk12 LA at SF

Wk3 SF at LA
Wk13 LA at SF

Wk5 SF at LA

Wk8 SF at LA
Wk12 LA at SF

Wk5 SF at LA
Wk9 LA at SF

Wk6 LA at SF
Wk8 SF at LA

Wk9 SF at LA
Wk16 LA at SF

Wk14 LA at SF MNF

Wk16 LA at SF SNF

Wk7 SF at LA
Wk16 LA at SF

Wk4 LA at SF
Wk14 SF at LA MNF
*NFC Championship LA at SF

Wk12 LA at SF
Wk15 SF at LA MNF

Wk4 LA at SF
Wk13 SF at LA

Wk12 SF at LA

Wk13 SF at LA

Wk12 LA at SF

If anyone has any games you see missing from this list let me know, I would love to make a trade with you. By trading we both get to expand our collections.

August 31, 2016

Holy Toledo! New Bill King! End Of Summer Special on Vintage Sports DVDs

Are You Ready For Some Football?
I am.

$7 each for anything you see on this list.
Minimum order of 3 items.

Hey there old friends, been a long summer, I’ve seen too many bikinis to discuss.
Wait until you see what I uncovered recently in the wide wacky wonderful world of vintage sports on dvd.

First off, in honor of the man Mr. Holy Toledo himself, I have some new Bill King recordings.
It is so damn good it will bring a tear to yur eye.

Speaking of legendary announcers, and legendary games…
Would you like to hear the 1972 ALCS Game 5 entire game featuring the legendary Ernie Harwell?
We have it here at Holy Toledo!

There is some really cool NFL Highlights that feature some rare Raiders stuff,
Madden’s 100th win,
the Raiders 1st OT game.

NFL TV broadcasts include perhaps the best single game example of “Air Coryell,
an upgrade on a classic Raider-Broncos game,
an upgrade of Bo’s 1st game,
plus many other cool NFL gems.

Like College Football?
Wait until you see what I uncovered.
If you are a Cornhuskers fan hold on to your jeans.
How about some rare Auburn Tigers Pat Sullivan TV coverage?
A great Earl Campbell game, a kid named Mike Singletary, Bear Bryant historic games.
The list goes on and on.

How about a young kid name Elway knocking off the #1 team in the country.
National Championships, Charles Woodson, and rare footage of the final days of Aaron Rodgers at Cal.

Do you remember Sunday morning in the 1970’s…
The Notre Dame highlight shows with Lindsay Nelson & Paul Hornung,
I found some beauties!

Like Basketball?
Rare, Dr. J, Rick Barry, Alvin Adams & Paul Westphal.
How abot one of the greatest NCAA Tournament games ever in it’s entirety?
2005 Regional Finals Illinois vs. Arizona, arguably one of the greatest games ever.

Rare 1976 World Series games Reds vs. Yankees

You throw in some newly found drag races,
some old boat drags with Eddie Hill (who doesn’t love 200 M.P.H. on the water?)

Reminds you once again why you love to watch the great announcers, the names you grew up with, the legends, it’s all found in Vintatge Sports Video here at Holy Toledo!

Share among your friends, find old classics, and always record everything in the best quality mode possible.. If history has taught us anything, we have learned that a high quality recording of a great moment is worth far more than one vhs tape, or a few dvds.

from Holy Toledo!

*** What’s New *****

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. On 1 cd.

Featuring The Heidi Game, the magic year of George Blanda, Warren Wells, battles with the Cheifs, Bill’s call of The Immaculate Reception, Sea of Hands, the great Steelers-Raiders rivalry, on to the Super Bowl, “Old Man Willie”, Ghost to the Post, Holy Roller, Super Bowl XV.

Interviews from 1987 & ’03, talking about his humble beginnings, doing radio recreations, Dayton basketball, working for the SF Giants, and talking about his hero Stan Musial.

Rare audio from the 1975 Western Conference Finals Warriors vs. Bulls, plus a great finish vs. Dr. J & George McGinnis in 1976.

A rare clip of King as the announcer for the SF Giants.
Memorable A’s moments like Kirk Gibson’s painful home run in the 1988 World Series.

NFL Highlight Shows:
1952 NFL Championship Detroit at Cleveland
1953 NFL Championship Cleveland at Detroit
The Lions win back to back titles
From TV, no scrolling

1963 NFL Championship New York Giants at Chicago
George Halas’s last championship, young Mike Ditka

1964 NFL Championship Baltimore at Cleveland

1976 Pro Football Playbook
The entire season, A weekly highlight show with every game played
15 shows, Weeks 1-14 plus the Divisional Playoffs
All original, not from TV

TV Game Broadcasts:
1977 Wk1 Green Bay at New Orleans
Old school QB matchup Archie Manning vs. Lynn Dickey
Down 24-0 can Manning & Muncie lead the big comeback?
Tim Ryan and Nick Buoniconti announcers
With commercials, 3 disks

1978 Wk13 Minnesota at Green Bay
Oldest QB in the NFL Fran Tarkento vs. the youngest QB David Whitehurts
OT game between two very evenly matched teams
Lindsey Nelson and Paul Hornung announcers
Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

1980 Wk5 Buffalo at San Diego
Air Coryell vs. the #1 ranked Defense
Excellent game, both teams come in undefeated
Chuck Muncie’s 1st game as a Charger
Charlie Jones and Len Dawson announcers, 2 disks

1980 Wk7 New York Giants at San Diegp
If you ever want to show a young football fan what “Air Coryell” is all about, show him this game
Dan Fouts throws for almost 450 yards
Joiners, Winslow & Jefferson all go over 100 yards receiving
Halftime, 2 disks

1980 Wk12 New York Giants at San Francisco
A young Joe Montana & Phil Simms
Earl Cooper has a big day
Early John Madden & Gary Bender announcers
Halftime, some commercials, 2 disks

1982 Wk2 LA Raiders at Atlanta
Upgrade 2 disks with cool extended postgame
includes Raiders Playbook ‘82
Marcus Allen’s 2nd NFL game, complete his 1st pass
Dick Enberg & Len Dawson

1984 Wk13 Indianapolis at LA Raiders
Quality Upgrade on 2 disks

1985 Wk14 LA Raiders at Denver
Thrilling OT game to ultimately decide the AFC West
Quality Upgrade, 2 disks

1986 Wk14 New York Giants at Washington
Battle for supremacy in the NFC East
Mark Bavaro has a big game
Jay Shroeder does not, throws 6 INT’s
Madden and Summerall announcers, 2 disks

1987 Wk7 LA Raiders at New England
Bo Jackson’s 1st NFL Game!
Upgraded 2 disk version
Halftime includes Bo interview by Costas
Amazing finish, Halftime, 2 disks

1987 Wk9 Chicago at Denver MNF
Great QB duel, exciting back and forth game
McMahon, Payton & Gault vs. Elway, Nattiel & Vance Johnson
Will Elway lead another 4th Quarter comeback?
Halftime, 2 disks

1988 Wk2 San Francisco at New York Giants
Montana leads 4th quarter comeback
Jerry Rice catches a 78 yard TD pass with 42 seconds left
Phil Simms, Roger Craig, Steve Young
Vern Lundquist & Madden announcers, commercials, 2 disks

1988 Wk9 Minnesota at San Francisco
Great game, 5 lead changes, many big plays
The famous Steve Young run
Anthony Carter & John Taylor score on long TD receptions
Summerall & Madden, 2 disks

1989 Preseason Wk3 played in Oakland Houston at LA Raiders
“Raiders Return” new improved pregame show
Features interviews with Lamonica, Stabler, Bill King, & others
Nice quality upgrade of a very cool show, 32 minutes

1990 Wk2 Kansas City at Denver MNF
This game is known for the famous hit Atwater put on Okoye
What is forgotten is that the Chiefs take a late lead,
only to fall victim to yet another Elway comeback
Big night for DeBerg & Stephon Paige
Excellent hard hitting game, 2 disks

1991 Wk4 New York Jets at Chicago MNF
Interesting game of future coaches
Down by 10 in the 4th, Jim Harbaugh leads amazing comeback
Pete Carroll is Jets D-coordinator, Ken Wisenhunt catches a pass
Fantastic finish leads to wacky OT, 2 disks

1991 Wk17 New York Jets at Miami
Losers go home, winner goes to the playoffs
Thiller of an OT game!
Another Dan Marino vs. Ken O’Brien classic
Tom Hammond & Joe Willie Namath announcers

2000 Wk1 Denver at St. Louis MNF
Rams raise the championship flag on opening night
Great game, 6 lead changes, 3 scoring plays of 75+ yards
Dennis Miller’s debut, Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

2002 Wk10 New England at Chicago
Down 27-6 late in the 3rd, Brady leads a furious comeback
Thriller 33-30 game decided in the final seconds
at Champaign, IL, Halftime, commercials, 2 disks

2003 Wk9 New England at Denver MNF
Exciting game between two high octane teams
Fascinating end of game strategy by coach Belichick
Micheals & Madden, 2 disks

2005 Wk4 Dallas at Oakland
Upgrade 2 disk version
Randy Moss vs. Keyshawn Johnson
Some commercials, 2 disks

2005 Wk8 Oakland at Tennessee
Wild game, Upgrade
Steve McNair vs Kerry Collins
2 disks

2005 Wk11
Oakland at Washington
Nice Raiders comeback
Upgrade, 2 disks

2006 Wk10 New York Jets at New England
Can Chad Pennington upset the Pats in NE?
Can Tom Brady lead another miracle comeback?
Yes & Almost but not quite, Jets Win! Jets Win!
Jim Nance & Phil Simms, commercials, 2 disks

2008 Wk1 New York Jets at Miami
Brett Favre’s 1st game as a NY Jet
qwaCan Pennington lead the comeback vs. his old team?
Nance & Simms, w/ commercials

**** NFL Radio Broadcast ***************

1977 Wk6 Detroit at San Francisco
Jim Plunkett hits Gene Washington for 2 long TD’s
Lon Simmons & Jim Lange (of The Dating Game) announcers
With commercials, 4 disks

*** This Week In Pro Football ***********

1975 Week 10 includes highlights of the Raiders 1st ever overtime game, a dramatic victory vs. Washington in the nation’s capital

1976 Pro Football Playbook
Weeks 1 thru 14 + Playoff Show
The entire season!
Original versions (non-TV)

1978 Week 10 This Is The NFL includes highlights of John Madden’s 100th win, a victory over the Cheifs

**** College Football ************

1971 #5 Auburn at #9 Tennessee
Rare TV footage of Heisman trophy winner Pat Sullivan in action
First 3 quarters quality game film no audio
Entire 4th quarter is very rare good quality ABC broadcast w/ commercials
TV coverage starts with Vols 49 yard field goal
Exciting game, Chris Schenkel & Bud Wilkinson, 1 disk

1972 Oklahoma at Nebraska Thanksgiving Day
Back-to-back national champions (’70 & ’71) go for 3-peat
Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, Greg Pruitt, David Humm
1st year with the Selmon brothers, Lee Roy, Lucious & Dewey
Bob Deveney’s final home game
Pregame with Bill Fleming & Bud Wilkenson
Chris Shenkel & Bud Wilkenson announcers
Nice quality, with commercials, 4 disks

1972 Gator Bowl
Auburn vs. Colorado
1st Half Gator Bowl highlight film
2nd Half TV rebroadcast

1977 Baylor at Texas
Earl Campbell on his way to the Heisman Trophy
Mike Singletary, Steve McMicheal kicks off, Greg Hawthorne, Frank Pollard, Glen Blackwood, Johnnie Johnson, Lam & Ham Jones, Cotton Davidson’s son Tommy Davidson & Tim Campbell, brother of Earl
Chris Schenkel & Frank Broyles announcers
Halftime with Dave Dials, some commercials, 4 disks

1977 Alabama at USC
Great game between two excellent teams
Ozzie Newson, Clay Matthews, Anthony Munoz, Dwight Stephenson
Keith Jackson & Ara Parseghian
Classic ver., no scrolling, 1 dsisk

1978 #1 Oklahoma at #4 Nebraska
The great Billy Sims
Kenny King, David Overstreet, Reggie Kinlaw, Andra Franklin, Rick Berns
Keith Jackson, Frank Broyles & Bill Fleming
Very nice quality, exciting game, down go the goalposts!
Pregame, halftime, 2 disks
Postgame includes “Cornhusker Football” with Don Gill, Jerry Moore, Jeff Hanson & Budge Porter

1979 Tennessee at Alabama
Great coaching matchup Bear Bryant vs. Johnny Majors
Can the Vols shock the #1 team in the nation?
Jim Simpson & Ken Willard announcers
Early ESPN broadcast
Nice quality, halftime, commercials, 4 disks

1981 Stanford at USC
Hall of Fame matchup: John Elway vs. Marcus Allen
Jack Del Rio, Darren Nelson, Chip Banks
2 disks

1982 Orange Bowl
#1 Clemson vs. #4 Nebraska
National Championship on the line
Roger Craig, Irving Fryer, Mike Rozier, William “The Refrigerator” Perry
Don Criqui, John Brodie & Bob Trumpy announcers
Postgame included, 2 disks

1982 #1 Washington at Stanford
A young John Elway knocks off the #1 team in the nation
Kieth Jackson & Frank Broyles announcers
Nice quality, halftime, 2 disks

1982 Liberty Bowl
Alabama vs. Illinios
Paul “Bear” Bryant’s final game, win #323
Sadly Bryant died of a heart attack 28 days later
Illinois is led by QB Tony Eason
Harry Kalas & Joe Kapp announcers
Original broadcast, half, ESPN postgame report, 2 disks

1990 Sugar Bowl
Miani vs. Alabama
National Championship on the line
Russell Maryland, Cortez Kennedy
Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf announcers
Good game, halftime, postgame, commercials, 2 disks

1998 Rose Bowl
Michigan vs. Washington St.
National Championship on the line for Michigan
Charles Woodson, Tom Brady, Brian Griese, Ryan Leaf, Steve Gleason, Anthony Thomas, Leon Bender
Keith Jackson & Bob Griese announcers
Pregame, commercials, 2 disks

2004 #7 Cal at #1 USC
Battle for the Pac-10 title
Aaron Rodgers has a career day, sets NCAA record 23 straight completions
wtth Marshawn Lynch & J.J. Arrington vs.
undefeated Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, LeDale White, & Shaun Cody
Keith Jackson & Dan Fouts announcers
Great game between two excellent teams comedown to the last gew seconds
2 disks

2004 Oregon at Cal
Aaron Rodgers final season at Cal
Marshawn Lynch, J.J. Arringyon over 180 yards rushing
Keith Jackson & Dan Fouts announcers
Good game, Pregame, 2 disks

2004 Holiday Bowl Cal vs. Texas Tech
Aaron Rodgers final college game
Marshawn Lynch & J.J. Arrington vs. Mike Leach’s Red Raiders
Best Cal team since 1952?
QB Sonny Cumbie & WR Danny Amendola are #1 passing team in the nation
Sean McDonnough & Craig James announcers
Wild high scoring game, 2 disks

2004 #4 LSU at #15 Auburn
The Cadillac vs. The Dumb Ass
Nick Saban’s Tigers led by Marcus Spears, Corey Webster
& soon to be the worst draft pick ever freshman fat ass JaMarcus Russell
Excellent game, 2 disks

2004 #5 Georgia at #3 Auburn
Carlos Rogers, Ronnie Brown, Cadillac
Great SEC battle rich with tradition
2 dosks

2004 SEC Championship
Auburn vs. Tennessee
Cadillac Williams, Ronnie Brow, Jason Campbell
Vern Lundquist & Gary Danielson announcers
High scoring exciting game, 2 disks

**** College Football Highlights ***********

Remember the Notre Dame 1 hour highlight show they used to play every Sunday morning before the NFL started? Here are three great ones.

1972 Notre Dame at #1 USC
Anthony Davis scores 6 TD’s!
Ara Parseghian, Lynn Swann, Sam “Bam” Cunningham, Tom Clemens
Lindsey Neson & Paul Hornung announcers

1975 Notre Dame at Pittsburgh
Tony Dorsett, Ross Browner, Bob Golic, Matt Cavanaugh, Luther Bradley
Lindsey Nelson & Paul Hornung announcers

1977 #5 Notre Dame at #15 Clemson
Can young Joe Montana lead a 4th quarter comeback?
Joe Montana vs. Dwight Clark, plus Ross Browner, Vagas Ferguson
Lindsey Nelson & Charlie Cotton announcers

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

1876 World Series Game 1
New York Yankees at Cincinnati
Morgan, Perez, Foster & Bench lead Reds

1976 World Series Game 4
Johnny Bench hits 2 HR’s
Reds sweep Yankees
Player intros, plus postgame

**** Baseball Radio Broadcast *****************************

1972 ALCS Game 5
Oakland at Detroit
Reggie vs. Kaline
Ernie Harwell Hall of Fame announcer
On DVD includes nice still photographs of all the players

**** College Basketball & NBA ********************

1976 Western Conference Finals Game 4
Golden St. at Phoenix
Fantastic double overtime thriller!
Paul Westphal & Alvin Adams vs. Jamaal Wilkes & Rick Barry
Don Criqi & Jerry West announcers, Rebroadcast

1976 Western Conference Finals Game 7
Phoenix at Golden St.
Can the defending champs return to the Finals, or will it be the upstart Suns?
Don Criqi & Jerry West announcers, Rebroadcast

1983 NBA Finals Game 4
Philadelphia at Los Angeles
Dr. J & Moses Malone vs. Magic & Kareem
76ers sweep the Lakers to win the NBA title
Dick Stockton & Bill Russell announcers, Rebroadcast

2005 NCAA Regional Final at Rosemont, IL
Illinois vs. Arizona
Considered one o the greatest college games ever!
Incredible OT game, huge Illinois comeback
Deron Williams, Dee Brown & Luther Hed vs. Stoudamire & Frye
*This Illinois team reminds me of the current Warriors, similar style of play

***** NHRA Drag Racing **********

1972 Winternationals
Big Daddy vs. The Snake
ABC’s Kieth Jackson narrates a historic race

1980 U.S. Nationals
This version has never been available until now
Dave McClelland & Steve Evans announcers

1988 Winston All-Stars -Atlanta, GA
1989 TRW Sportsman All-Stars -Colombus, OH
1989 Summernationals -Englishtown, NJ
1989 Mile High Nationals -Denver, CO
1990 Spring Nationals -Colombus, OH

1993 Southern Nationals Sportsman
Featuring Blaine & Alan Johnson
American Sports Cavalcade
Dave McClelland & Steve Evans announcers

2003 Pontiac Excitement Nationals -Colombus, OH

2004 Lucas Oil Nationals
*Eric Medlin’s 1st win

2005 CarQuest Nationals Qualifying
+Pro Stock Challenge

Drag Racing ‘91
A 1 hour show with the season’s highlights
It was the only year I didn’t have in my collection

NHRA Today Shows with Steve Evans
-1st ever episone 4-1-90
-Last ever episode 11-98
-1990 John Force Funny Car Champion Show
His 1st title, Austin Coil interview,
& Force home movie with the kids
-1990 Joe Amato Top Fuel Champion
-1994 John Force Funny Car Champion
-1994 Scott Kalitta Top Fuel Champion

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August 6, 2016

“There’s a Snake in the Hall!” Ken Stabler is in the Hall of Fame

Filed under: College Football, NFL, Oakland Raiders, Uncategorized — Bill @ 11:43 am


Kenny “Snake” Stabler


Hall of Fame
Super Bowl Champion
NCAA College Football National Champion



In this collection of pics we have great shots, iconic moments, his kids, and the famous “Two Minute Warning” painting. He was the great quarterback I’ve ever met. The last time I saw Kenny he was driving off in a brand new convertible Corvette with a big grin on his face, and that is how I will always remember him.




Stabler 02“When things got hotter, he got cooler”


Stabler 01

From Super Bowl XI  (above)
Kenny & Fred Biletnikoff  (below)

Kenny and Fred

Kenny's kids

His kids  (above)
The famous “Two Minute Warning” painting

Two Minute Warning

A great shot of Kenny

Kenny Twitter

Kenny driving off into the sunset……..


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.

from Holy Toledo!

*** 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

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

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 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?’
‘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

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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