1-Man’s Opinion on Sports–Thursday “Analyze This–Who Am I”

Posted by on April 9th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

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“Analyze This”

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People ask me, when they stop me these days, ‘What are you doing?’.

They also ask about the good old days of sports-talk radio.  And they want to know how I got into the business, why things happen, and what has happened.

So here goes, since we all have lots of time on our hands, self isolating, while most of us are waiting for the phone to ring.

I grew up in baseball family.  Born in Brooklyn, Utica Avenue-St John’s Place.   Father was huge baseball fan, the days of the Old Gas House Gang  of the St Louis Cardinals.  He was a pitcher, never got to the big leagues.  College educated man, who got stuck in the Philadelphia A’s system, and feuded with Connie Mack.  His show was Class B-Eastern League.  He actually worked at Ebbets Field as a teenager.  Biggest thrill, going to Cooperstown, Hall of Fame library, to research baseball records in minor leagues.  He died way too young.

Uncle was sportswriter, covering the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field for the Brooklyn Eagle, one of 9-daily newspapers in New Yo rk and Long Island (can you believe that) back in the day.  Became famous World War II correspondent in the Pacific covering MacArthur.  Saw some horrible things in combat, survived, but did not come back right.  I have spent my life piecing together his career, and have uncovered amazing scripts and broadcasts from combat in the Pacific.

Me, huge baseball fan, growing up on Long Island.  Hated the Yankees (Mantle-Maris), the Dodgers (Duke of Flatbush), the Giants (Say Hey).  Grew up Indians fan, but don’t know why, except I liked the Chief Wahoo logo, and that great pitching staff (Score-Lemon-Garcia-Mossi-Narleski).

Grew up NFL fan, no not the Giants (YA Tittle-Sam Huff)..but the Browns, guess I liked the color Orange.  Liked Jim Brown.  It was as if the Browns-Giants played every Sunday on TV.

Followed the NBA, again not the Knicks, but rather the Cincinnati Royals (Oscar Robertson-Jack Twyman) and so many more.

Hockey, do remember watching it, and liking the name Maple Leafs (still do).  Oddly became my first love in broadcasting.

Track and Field had lure to me, did compete in it, all-state distance runner, once hoped I could be 4-minute miler.  Actually ran in the high school division of the Wannamaker Mile at Millrose Games in New York City, got my ass kicked by kids that wound up going to Villanova, an NCAA power.

Athlete, yes, success, yes, till I got hurt.  Could throw the hell out of the ball, till I hurt my shoulder in high school.  I have a torn rotator cuff to prove it.  Distance runner setting school records, but got hurt in college second week of cross-country practice in college.  Never got healthy, sports medicine not being what it is now.

Education at very strictly disciplined St Philip Neri, Catholic school, on Long Island.  Tremendous education and got whacked a bunch of times by the nuns.

High school was at Northport High on Long Island.  Hated it.  Too crowded, split sessions last two years, felt I got cheated on my education.  Couldn’t wait to go to college.

College at Ohio University, on doorstep of Appalachia.  Started in Journalism, wanted to be a sportswriter-columnist, as I am now on my own website.  Drifted into Radio-Television, where I spent my entire broadcast life.  Wound up doing network football and basketball play-by-play for the Bobcats.   Changed my life.

Career started at small station in Southern Ohio, WLGN-Logan, spent four years there going from night time rock-and-roll disc jockey, to doing all types of high school play-by-play, and college games.  Became Program Director, sold advertising, made lots of money…Was working radio and going full-time to Grad School, burning the candle at both ends.

Went to upstate NY to do hockey, in the Eastern Hockey League, at WIBX-Utica.  Yes, the movie ‘Slapshot’ was real, it was a takeoff of the four years I spent in upstate New York.  The Charlestown Chiefs, were really the Johnstown Jets.  That bus, was our bus, the Mohawk Valley Comets.  I slept in those bunks, drank beers with those guys, and got hooked on hockey in the four years I was in the Iron Lung, or as we called it ‘Brotherhood of the Bus’.  Full disclosure-I fibbed to get the hockey job, had never done it, spent two weeks listening to Dan Kelly-St Louis Blues broadcasts to learn the game-fell in love with it.  Learned so much in News-Talk business.  Guys at my station went on to do Orioles baseball, Warriors basketball, Flyers-Avalanche hockey.

Got chance to go to the big leagues at 3WE-Cleveland, as voice of the Cleveland Crusaders hockey, and to do sports-talk alongside the pioneer of the format, Pete Franklin.  Loved being in the WHA, but it folded the year after I got there.  Got to cover the boyhood teams I loved, Indians-Browns, then followed the Miracle on Richfield, the Cavaliers.  Went to Indianapolis to be the TV voice of the Indianapolis Racers, lots of fun, till they sold Wayne Gretzky to the Edmonton Oilers. But the WHA-NHL was merging, and lots of us got left out.

Wound up pioneering sports-talk radio at WHLO-Akron-Canton, covering all the Cleveland teams, and doing Akron U-Zips games.  Fun time, till station changed format, and we all got wiped out.

Life took me to the Valley of the Sun, KTAR-Phoenix.  They knew me, and my style and my philosophies.  They recruited me hard, sending me brochures from Chamber of Commerce, palm trees-swimming pools, girls.  The mail came in the winter, but they neglected to tell me on May 1st it went to 100-degrees everyday till October.  Learned to love the sunshine.  Did Arizona State Sun Devils football as it grew into a Pac-10 power.  Broadcast Rose Bowl as Devils beat Bo and Michigan.  In 1981, as I went there, ASU got put on probation (Frank Kush scandal), the 1st seed Suns got knocked out of the playoffs, and baseball went out on strike.   I had 61-straight four hour shows on  that station.  Think there were a few topics on the table.  The phone lines lit up like a Christmas Tree.

Phone rings, guy on other end wants to talk to me about becoming Voice of the Chargers, on radio station they were going to take News-Talk-Sports, XTRA-690 out of San Diego.  Tried to explain to me it was Mexican License 50,000-watt blowtorch signal.  Never understood the concept.  Told him I didn’t speak Spanish.  Dummy me-thought they wanted me to do NFL games in Spanish.  Came to San Diego, started sports-talk show on then 690-XTRA Gold.  Wolfman Jack was my lead-in.  Station became a legendary sports-talk station, third in the nation to jump into the format.  Became Voice of the Chargers, designed that 9-hour gameday  broadcast ‘Countdown to Kickoff’…built amazing following on ‘Sportswatch’ afternoon drive talkshow.  Broadcast the Super Bowl. Did Aztecs-USC also as station exploded into popularity.  Chargers left our station, and I promptly wound up as the voice of the Seattle Seahawks, had fun for 3-years before that deal ended. Sadly Clear Channel bought the station, decided to get rid of the format and the Mexican license.  We were moved to LA and eventually had contract bought out as they let everyone go.  Gave them 22-years of my life in the community.  They gave me a pink-slip in a brown envelope…’sign here’…not even a thank you.

Went to Sirius XM to work on ‘Home Plate Channel’ doing weekend shows on satellite, had a blast, met lots of people.  Thought I was moving to NY to do mornings on Chris Russo’s ‘Mad Dog Channel’, but then 2008-Wall Street hit, and we all went under.

Surfaced at Mighty 1090 doing sports-talk, watching the station grow, but as always, management decisions hurt the station, and it went off the air a year ago this week.

Since then, moved back into TV, and had a fun 3-years at CW-6.  They let me do a lot of creative packages, opinion pieces (I always have something to say), met fabulous people.  Yes you can teach old dog-new tricks.  Learned so much, really liked TV.  But then Televisa folded the entire news department, so we all became free agents.

Here is my website, going on 8-years, some 8,000-hits a week.  Do things just to keep my brand out there, like providing content.  Like to write (reverting back to my reason for going to college).  And yes, I know everything about everything, to the chagrin of the ‘haters’ out there.  Love doing a national sportstalk show, love writing about sports.  Still think there should be a place for strong journalism and opinions.

Wouldn’t trade any of it, though I would trade the outcomes of some of the jobs.  Stupid me thinking I could go out on my own terms.  I have made so many friends in broadcasting since that first job as ‘Voice of the Logan Chieftains’ in Southeast Ohio.  Still friends today.

I love sports history, probably have 300-books at home on history of sports, including the old Spaulding-Reach baseball guides that go all the way back to the 1930s…sentimental value more than anything else.

Have loved it, will continue to do it.  Oldest son is priest.  Youngest son flies helicopters Med-Evac.  So proud of them.

Thrills….being on radio, even in small market Appalachia…1st broadcast from Maple Leaf Gardens in hockey…broadcasting the Rose Bowl…an AFC-Championship game win with the Bolts in Pittsburgh (I love gameday)…the Super Bowl (even with Steve Young throwing 6TDs)..my first broadcast from Yuma with the Padres, and my first broadcast from historic Vero Beach-Dodgertown.  Talking to Bob Costas and Jack Buck when they both tried to convince me to come work in St Louis…My first interview with Vin Scully

Disappointments…Some print media guys who thought it was their job to smear me (even got punched out by one)…Wished I had sued two others-but didn’t….Dean Spanos leaving XTRA-690 after all we did for that franchise…..then taking the Chargers out of San Diego after 55-years of loyalty from the fans (will never-ever forgive him).

Not many regrets, except I turned down a lot of job offers at really big stations, KMOX-KNBR-KABC-ESPN, and didn’t take an NHL offer from the Ducks-because I stayed loyal to the Seahawks.  Always wonder ‘what if’.  Loved San Diego, didn’t want to move my kids, was loyal to my stations, wanted to take care of my wife.  End of day, loyalty didn’t mean much, and that’s my only disappointment.

That’s who I am, how I got here, what I do, what I like.

As Robert DiNero told Billy Crystal in the famous movie about the psychiatrist and the mafia……”Analyze This”

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1-Man’s Opinion on Sports–Wednesday “Baseball in Arizona–Good Idea-Bad Idea?”

Posted by on April 8th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

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“Baseball-Arizona….Good Idea or Bad Idea?”

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They all want to get on the field, but at what cost.

Day-by-Day, new fragments of information surface as Major League Baseball tries to configure a way around the Corona-Virus-Crisis, to get teams back together, on the field, and playing games.

The latest, the Monday-Tuesday conference calls involving different committees, about the idea to bring all 30-teams together in Arizona.

They would use Chase Field, the Diamondbacks home, and 10-other Cactus League sights, to stage a two week spring training camp, and then open the season, with locked out Stadiums.

There are all kinds of flags being run up the flagpole on this idea.

Assign 3-teams per spring training camps, which all have multiple lockerooms that could be used as headquarters, and as many as 8-different practice fields for workouts at each facility.

MLB would want to open the season on June 1st, and play at least the first month of the season in locked out spring training stadiums.  Just players, staff, baseball officials, the media, and no one else.

The goal, get games in the books in June, with the hope the Virus-Crisis would be gone by July’s hot weather and all teams could return to home stadiums for a July 4th celebration open to the fans.

But for this to happen, lots of things have to happen.  Lots of questions have to be answered.

You cannot request baseball be ‘open for business’ while the rest of the nation sits at home, can you?

Is using medical people to tend to baseball players, more important than doctors, nurses, police, Med-Evac people?  How is that perceived in the nation?

Can you secure a large enough supply of Virus-test kits to make sure you can test everyone in your facilities daily?

Where do you lodge the players-a team hotel, or let them stay in apartments?  Is this for players only, asking them to be separated from their families for at least two months?

Can you secure this ‘Baseball Bubble’ in your facility and in hotels, but what do you do about all the people who have to service a franchise  on a logistical daily basis?

This is more than a 29-man roster, it’s everyone around who helps make a game-day go.

What happens if a player, a trainer, a club exec tests positive during the process.  Do you quarantine a team, what happens to your schedule then?

Do you use the ‘laboratory idea’, including 7-inning games for doubleheaders, and even the electronic strike zone?  Do you cancel video reviews of plays because it involves more personnel?  Do you invalidate the credibility of the actual game if you chop some rules?

Do you think sitting players 6-feet apart in the stands, rather than in the dugout, is actually enforceable?

Where are you going to feed these players?  You going to think players won’t want to go out on their own time away from the yard.?

Do you think limiting mound visits and limiting other rules, helps the game?

All this sounds novel, unique and different.  It matches where we are today as a society.

But the bigger question.

Owners want to make money, players want to be paid, but at what cost?  Are you going back into the discussion ‘risk-vs-reward’ if you start games up?

Is this for the fans, or the owners, or someone’s bank account?

I’d rather wait to the all-clear is sounded by medical and science, not the President, and I’d be prudent.  Let it start July 1st…August 1st…whenever the virus is totally shutdown…so society can start up again without fear of relapse of risk.

For the first time in my baseball life in the media, I don’t care about how this looks in the record book.  You will put an asterisk next to this season.  So who cares if its 140-games…100-games…3-months or not.

These sub-committees discussing this on conference calls, for the first time ever, should understand, the decisions you make are not about baseball, but society too.

The games financial health has been hurt.  American’s health is now paramount.  Batting averages, payrolls, the standings and scoreboards,  have been superceeded by death counts, body bags, morgues and mass burials.

Getting back not ehe field should less important than America getting finally healthy.

Baseball owners owe that to society first and then their fans too.

Baseball in Arizona, right now.  Bad idea.

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1-Man’s Opinion on Sports–Tuesday “No NFL Yet-Lots of Football Movies–Yes”

Posted by on April 7th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

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“NFL–No Season Yet–Lots of Movies”

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The lockdown continues across our country and that means more time watching movies.

Last week I walked you thru the Baseball Movie Vault.  Today, a look at what football has brought to the movie screen, with my final four included at the top of the list.

1)..REMEMBER THE TITANS…Denzel Washington’s emotional coaching job in Arlington, Virginia in the beginning of high school integration…bringing a broken community and a team together…the famous quote enroute to an undefeated season against racist coaches…”You make them remember the day they played the Titans.”

2)..THE BLIND SIDE…True story of Michael Oher’s rise from homelessness-poverty to becoming an honor student at Ole Miss and a lot round pick of the Baltimore Ravens…A great cross section of storylines about the inner city, the elite rich of Memphis, racism, the NCAA.  Great acting by Sandra Bullock from start to finish made this movie a rage.

3)..FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS…Billy Bob Thornton stars as a possessed high school football coach in the possessed state of Texas, with people possessed by winning.  How good was it?  From book, the movie, to TV series…that still endures.

4)..BRIAN’S SONG…The story of RB-Brian Picollo’s fight against leukemia and the friendship shown by Gayle Sayers in the Chicago Bears camp…Well done for a 1970s equal to Love Story.

5)..WE ARE MARSHALL…I am biased because I covered the plane crash story that wiped out the Marshall football team in West Virginia…Matthew McGonaughey’s tremendous acting weaves the story of the fabric of the Huntington, West Virginia town, it loss, it’s rebirth.  I cried the first time I watched it.

6)..DRAFT DAY…Had to be another sports movie with Kevin Costner in it-leading the dysfunctional Cleveland Browns to glory on the day of the NFL draft.

7)..JERRY MC GUIRE….”Show Me the Money”….great acting…great fiction…but lots of fun.

8)..RUDY…For the subway alums of the Fighting Irish, a story for a lifetime about a college walk-on who makes the Notre Dame team against every odd possible.

9)..ALL THE RIGHT MOVES…Tom Cruise debut in a sports movie as the young Western Pennsylvania recruit who does not want a life in the steel mills.  Made me feel like I was back in Aliquippa.

10)..NORTH DALLAS 40….Makes the list because it was one of the first to take an internal look at franchises, coaches, teams, personalities and the people of pro football.

Honorable Mention:

LONGEST YARD…Pick either the Burt Reynolds original or the Adam Sander comedy followup.

ANY GIVEN SUNDAY…Al Pacino’s portrayal of a fading coach, his family, politics, players and the big game.

REPLACEMENTS…Gene Hackman was a better coach-actor in ‘Hoosiers’ but his conflicts with Keanu Reeves made good theatre.

KNUTE ROCKNE…From the black and white era, Ronald Reagan, ‘Win one for the Gipper’.

IRON MAJOR…The true story of Coach Frank Cavanaugh, World War I veteran coming home to coach Boston College after being wounded in the Great War.  Pat O’Brien superb acting job in the 1940s.

LEATHERHEADS….What football used to look like in the 1920’s.  Quite a combo acting job George Clooney-Renee Zellwegger.

THE EXPRESS…It was the Ernie Davis story of life at Syracuse University and his derailed career with the Cleveland Browns.  Movie had potential but was flimsy on content and legitimacy.

THE WATERBOY…If you like Adam Sandler, then you will like this.

VARSITY BLUES…Again, it’s about all things Texas high school football and you know that is important everywhere in the Lone Star State.  Players-vs-overwhelming coach.

BLACK SUNDAY….A terrorist threat at a Super Bowl Sunday game…Likely the NFL’s worst ever fears in what global terrorism has turned into.

Pick one, you’ll like them all.  You have time to watch them right now too.

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1-Man’s Opinion on Sports–Monday “T’is The Season–But No Games”

Posted by on April 6th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

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“Sports–T’is the Season”

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We’re waiting.  Everyone is waiting. Waiting for this pandemic virus to subside.

We may be in for a much longer wait.

President Trump held a 30-minute conference call with the heads of 13-different sports leagues detailing his hopes this weekend.

He has said he hopes sports teams will be back on the field, playing infront of fans on August 1st.  That’s 4-months from now.

Optimistic?  Pessimistic?  Realistic?  No one knows.

Here’s the latest on what the major sports are saying:

BASEBALL…Players are working out on their own.  MLB may need at least 2-weeks of ramped up spring training to launch a shortened season.  What was hoped for, a July 1st startup, seems impossible, considering the virus has yet to apex in the East, and has not arrived in the West.  Rob Manfred had hoped for a 100-game season starting July 1st, and an entire postseason of games in mid-October into November at neutral sights, in warm weather cities or domed stadiums.  Now the latest idea, take all 30-teams, move major league rosters to the Cactus League, use 11-spring training sights in Arizona, and play a shortened season, in empty stadiums, until the virus lifts around the country.  A complex project for sure, to transport, house, feed, and test players each day.

FOOTBALL…The NFL and college football have not been impacted yet.  But as the clock ticks, and days come off the calendar, time grows shorter.  No OTA workouts, no minicamps, for the mass of NFL rosters.  Virtually no spring football, and what appears to be a limited preseason workouts for college football.  And then again, where to play and practice if the virus is not tamped down by late spring into early summer.  NFL teams would need at least a month to get ready for the rigors of pro football play.  You’re talking 90-players in camp, and a whole support staff of coaches and trainers and equipment people, and doctors to test players.  College football says it needs 4-weeks of some type of camp, but how can you do that if college campuses are still closed down?  What about real hot spots like Seattle-Los Angeles and the late arrival virus to the West Coast? The NFL says full schedule-full stadiums.  Doctors say that’s not likely yet and there is no target date.  Football’s problems are still ahead of them.

BASKETBALL…The NBA is reeling, and the financial devastation is right infront of them.  They have asked their players to take a 50% pay-cut.  They are looking at 1.2B financial loss of half the schedule, and this comes on top of a 450M loss when the China dispute erupted in the summer leading to the cancellation of enormous sponsorship contracts.  Commissioner Adam Silver is considering going right to the playoffs now, with all the games to be played in 2-Arenas in neutral sight Las Vegas, only on TV, with no fans on hand.  Teams might have two weeks of a mini training camp before the so called tournament–playoffs would begin.  Doctors say they don’t know if you can bring all these teams in at once to play, and should those players be tested daily.  The cancellation of March Madness has led to a 62% drop of revenue sharing for every college athletic program in the nation, big time to the smallest of Division III.

HOCKEY…The NHL had no plans to finish out what was left of the regular season, and still does not know what its postseason would look like.  Hockey players are home, but there are no rinks open for skating, so to get them back on the ice, and in cardiovascular shape to play may take longer than just a couple of weeks.  Gary Bettman is inquiring about arena availability for dates in July-August.  Can you imagine ice conditions in places like Boston-New York-Tampa Bay-in mid-summer?

GOLF-AUTO RACING-TENNIS-HORSE RACING….A Kentucky Derby in September?  The Masters in October?  The US Open in fall?
Wimbledon in late fall?  A revamped NASCAR-Indy Car-Formula schedule over the final 4-months of 2020?  The Tokyo Olympics moved to next summer.  The English Premier League-MLS thinking 2-games a week starting in July?   That is what is being discussed, but no one know for sure, especially with the horrors of what is still happening in England, Italy, Spain, the heartbeat countries of pro soccer.

T’is the season for sports, but no games being played, everyone in scramble mode  to think what might be possible, fearing the impossible, that sports, as we know it, will remain closed down.

That there may be no games at all in 2020.  No one can predict.  The virus-crisis dictates right now.

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1-Man’s Opinion on Sports–Friday “Baseball–At the Movies”

Posted by on April 3rd, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

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“Baseball’s Best–At the Movies”

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There are no games tonight around Major League Baseball.  We might not have games till July 1st.

But we do have history on our side, to take up some of our time, while we self isolate.

A baseball junkies look at my favorite Baseball Movies of All Time.

Understand I grew up in a baseball family, father a devout Cardinals Gas House Gang fan, and a pitcher in the A’s system, and my uncle covered the old Brooklyn Dodgers in the days there were 9-newspapers in New York.

I grew up watching the Yankees-Giants and Dodgers on TV.  The Saturday Game of the Week was a ‘must see’ in my house.  And I collected baseball cards, lots of them, and autographs, and still have them too.

My bookcases at home are filled with probably 200-books on baseball history, including a collection of the Spaulding-Reach Baseball Guides that go back into the 1930s.

Here’s my ‘hot list’

You can argue with me, but you’d probably be wrong.  I’m a sports-talkshow host too.

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1)..BASEBALL–9 INNINGS…Ken Burns documentary…I love history and what better way to enjoy it with the great production stretching from the Black Sox to Breaking the Barrier with Jackie Robinson to the Big Red Machine, to the Boss-Steinbrenner.

2)..BULL DURHAM…Pick any phrase…”Worship at the church of baseball…..I want to announce my presence with authority”…If you ever spent time in the minor leagues-you would identify with the storylines. A gem, thank you Kevin Costner.

3)..THE NATURAL…”I want to be the best there ever was” and Robert Redford delivered from every angle possible as Roy Hobbs.

4)..FIELD OF DREAMS…”Build it and they will come” …a creative look back at the Black Sox Scandal and the aftermath in the Iowa cornfield.  I visited the place-pretty cool…I can still hear Kevin Costner’s voice.

5)..8-MEN OUT…”I just wanna play ball….Say it ain’t so Joe”…A quality production dating to the 1919 scandal in the World Series……the Sox…Comiskey…Shoeless Joe and Judge Landis.

6)..MONEYBALL…”If you don’t win the final game then you are a loser”…Great performance by Brad Pitt and all things Oakland A’s baseball.

7)..A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN…”There’s no crying in baseball”…uttered Tom Hanks at his Rockford Peaches…a fun production and a true story about the girls league before the men came marching home.

8)..COBB…”You tell them how good I was”…a dying Ty Cobb-played by Tommie Lee Jones screams at a sportswriter in his dying days..a critical look at a possessed talent-lout.

9)..FEAR STRIKES OUT…”Was I good enough, Dad”…the amazing Jimmy Piersall story about his nervous breakdown with the Red Sox..very well done takeoff on the 1950s story.

10)..BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY….”They’re a swell bunch of fellas” says a dying catcher, Bruce Pearson, played by Robert DiNero, portraying the Yankees catcher fighting leukemia and major league pitchers.

11)..MAJOR LEAGUE…”Just a bit outside” shouts broadcast Bob Uecker about the last place Indians, Willy Mays Hayes and so many others….it was crude but good and if you spent time in Cleveland during the bad years, you could identify with it.

12)..42…”Nigger-Nigger” the Phillies manager chanted at the start of the movie and the start of the season, directed vitriol at Jackie Robinson…the movie was coarse-honest-emotional-sometime hokey..but superb acting by Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey.

13)..BAD NEWS BEARS….”Buttermaker you drunk”…shouts Tatum O’Neal at Walter Matthau…fun-probably somewhat true but everyone loved the kids on the roster.

14)..MR BASEBALL…”What am I doing here”…shouts Jack Elliott, played by Tom Selleck, in his debut in Japan…a fun look at the transition washed up major leaguers make going abroad.

15)..TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE…”I was always trying to protect you”…yells Clint Eastwood at his daughter…the story of a washed up Braves scout at the end of the road when the new breed of GMs were taking over the game…well done depth to the story.

Honorable Mention:

CATCHER WAS A SPY…A look at the Washington Senators catcher, Moe Berg,  who became a World War II spy in Germany.

BABE RUTH STORY…William Bendix played the role in a film made decades and decades ago.

PRIDE OF THE YANKEES…The Lou Gehrig story about his life and demise in the black and white world of film.

THE ROOKIE…A Story of dreams of a former pitcher making a comeback in the early days of the Tampa Bay Rays franchise.

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME…Another Kevin Costner film about the end of the career of a Detroit Tigers pitcher.

PRIDE OF ST LOUIS….From the wayback machine..the story of Dizzy Dean.

THE MONTE STRATTON STORY…A look at the White Sox pitcher who shot his leg off and came back.

DAMN YANKEES…The broadway musical of the Senators player who sold his soul to beat the Yankees

A WINNER NEVER QUITS…The story of the St Louis Browns one-armed outfielder Pete Gray’s battle to get to the major leagues.

Got time on your hands, go chase them down on Netflix or Amazon or You Tube.

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