Saturday flashback: Dick Enberg’s Sports Challenge: Mantle vs. DiMaggio

Try to imagine in this day and age, a sports quiz show landing Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. The only way that happens is if they own the show. And even then, maybe not.

Well, back in the ’70s, Sports Challenge, with Dick Enberg, had a show featuring Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio on the panel. The Mick and Joe D. They probably got what would be tip money these days and were pleased to get that much.

Back then, Mantle and DiMaggio probably earned only a few thousand dollars for their appearance, tops.

Anyway, it was a classic show in a much simpler time. And Enberg was terrific.

I have a few more in my vault that I will break out at a later date.

 

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Sunday books: Q/A with Marty Appel on his ultimate book about Yankees

You could fill a library with all the books written about the Yankees and their players. And leave room for one more: I’m working on a book on the myth and reality of the Babe Ruth “Called Shot” homer.

Indeed, the stories are endless. Marty Appel ties them all together in his new book, Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from before the Babe to after the Boss.

It is a 620-page epic with everything in there. Lots of good stories and baseball history.

Here’s my Q/A with Appel:

How far back do you go with the Yankees?

As a fan, back to the 1955 World Series. As an employee, the 1968 season, Mantle’s last, when I was hired to answer his fan mail.

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Pressing issue: Ralph Nader ticked off at in-game radio ads on Yankees games

In December, when I review my favorite stories of the year, I’m pretty sure this one will be high up on the list.

Ralph Nader is ticked off at the amount of in-game ads during Yankees radio broadcasts. Really.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports Nader sent a letter to the Yankees. From his story:

In a letter Friday to team executives Randy Levine and Brian Cashman, Nader listed 22 in-game ads that ran during the June 1 Yankees-Tigers game; he said they served to “disrupt the flow and excitement of the game broadcast and undermine your responsibilities as a guardian of the national pastime.”

Later in the story:

Nader cited ads that sponsored the pitching matchup (Chock Full o’ Nuts), pitch count (5-hour Energy), rally moment of the game (Rally BMW), game-time temperature (Peerless Boilers), national anthem

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