1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field


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1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 28, 2003 11:22 am

How many of you out there watched CBS in the early 70's with Brent Musberger and Adrian Metcalf anchoring the coverage of track and field. Do any of you remember any more detailed coverage of track and field since on network TV? For a field nut like me watching Feuerbach, Woods, Oldfield, Wilkins, Powell was nirvana. Many a Sunday afternoon was spent with me glued to the tube then to run out to my south Louisiana backyard to put a 12# high school shot and then dig it out of the lawn to mother's dismay. Prodigous efforts of 39' and yes the magic 40' were broken in the land of the swamps. Yes we were a self admitted "Bush League track team" in our La school division. What a time!
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Marquis » Sat Jun 28, 2003 12:06 pm

Ralph Boston on the field events! Personal highlight was watching the US-USSR junior meet when Craig VIrgin ran 14:14.6 at age 16 in > 100 C in Sacramento. He was outkicked by 2 19 year old russians. He got his revenge the next year in 13:58. We got a lot more coverage in those days.
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Guest » Sat Jun 28, 2003 7:42 pm

I think this track program began in 1969. Personal highlights were Frank Shorter upsetting the Soviets in the 1970 U.S. v. Soviet Union dual meet in Leningrad. Shorter ran 28:24, which at the time was the second fastest American time. Also the epic Liquori-Ryun dual in 1971 was also broadcast on CBS. Does anybody else remember that far back?
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Guest » Mon Jun 30, 2003 2:03 pm

I remember it like it was last week . . .

because ESPN Classic broadcast it last week.
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Guest » Mon Jun 30, 2003 5:24 pm

Funny you should mention Shorter vs. the Rooskies and Ryun vs. Liquori.

Both made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Guest » Wed Aug 20, 2003 7:42 am

Didn't Dick Bank(s) do the commentary on some of the early meets? I remember watching those Sunday afternoon meets, and watching the first men land on the moon at the same time!
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Guest » Wed Aug 20, 2003 10:37 am

They even showed racewalkers in the opening montage as I recall. Brent seemed to interview teenage Mary Decker every week and once he found out it was her favorite meal constantly asked her if she had had sphagetti for dinner the night before. As I recall, the series was on Sunday early afternoon each week during the summer.
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby tafnut » Wed Aug 20, 2003 3:34 pm

It was THAT series that made me a fan for life! Maybe that's exactly what we need again.
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Randy Treadway » Sun Aug 24, 2003 4:44 pm

Yes, that series was my favorite of all time. No "up close and personal" distractions or any of that rot- just plain unadulterated track & field.

I remember meet after meet Rod Milburn cleaning everybody's clock in the 110m or 120y HH, with his hairdo occupying lanes 3, 4 and 5 at the same time!

And "Chi Cheng from China" was always the call in the women's sprint.
(it was actually Taiwan, but that wasn't as alliterative, and besides Taiwan WAS China before Nixon's trip in '72; the mainland occupiers being "illegitimate Commi imposters".)

we could go on and on...
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Guest » Thu Aug 28, 2003 12:55 am

A reference was made earlier in this thread to Dick Bank. Where is he, how is he now? I was a sports writer then covering just about every major meet from Fresno to San Diego. To me, the glory days from from 1964 to 1972. The USA-USSR meet in Los Angeles really started it all. I'll never forget meeting the Press sisters!
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Guest » Thu Aug 28, 2003 8:32 am

"Tamara" Press (can't remember the other ones name - Irina?) - the first time I thought .... mmmmm, whats up with THAT? As naive as I was - that was an eye opener. USA-USSR DUAL meet - a dinosaur now. AND the San Diego to Fresno beat must have been ... remarkable. Correct me if I'm wrong (as I am want to be) but little compared to that, save the indoor circuit and the big relays back east. When Fresno and Modesto were .. well you know. MtSac survives the ice age.
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1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Guest » Tue Sep 16, 2003 12:59 pm

Aa yes, the days of Dr. Leroy Walker, long hair, Steve Prefontaine, and Ivory Crockett.

Anyone remember the week Dr. Delano Meriwether graced the cover of "Sports Illustrated" in gold trunks? That was back when Americans actually followed the sport.

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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby 6 5.5hjsteve » Tue Sep 16, 2003 1:09 pm

ok Bijan, here's Trivia question for YOU about Meriwether.....

He never ran as an undergrad, just when he was in Med School.

What were the 2 schools ? ( I know the answers. )
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Guest » Tue Sep 16, 2003 1:29 pm

<How many of you out there watched CBS in the early 70's with Brent Musberger and Adrian Metcalf anchoring the coverage of track and field.>

I did not, since I was not in the USA at that time. Is this the same Adrian Metcalfe - 400 m runner for Britain, who sensationally ran 45.7 in his first full season (1961) and could not duplicate the performance or reach real "heights" any more?
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Bob H » Tue Sep 16, 2003 1:40 pm

>Is this the same Adrian Metcalfe - 400 m runner for Britain, who sensationally ran 45.7 in his first full season (1961) and could not duplicate the performance or reach real "heights" any more?<

Yes.
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Bob H » Tue Sep 16, 2003 1:42 pm

>here's Trivia question for YOU about Meriwether.....He never ran as an undergrad,
just when he was in Med School. What were the
2 schools ? ( I know the answers. )<

My recollection is that it was Michigan State undergrad and Duke Medical School.
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby Guest » Tue Sep 16, 2003 1:42 pm

<>Is this the same Adrian Metcalfe - 400 m runner for Britain, who sensationally ran 45.7 in his first full season (1961) and could not duplicate the performance or reach real "heights" any more?<
Yes.>

Thanks, Bob Hersh.
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Re: 1970's CBS Sport Spectacular-Track and Field

Postby pickle47 » Thu Sep 18, 2003 9:08 pm

I'm with the guy who said it made him a fan for life. It wasn't until a year or so later that I learned that Ralph Boston and Bill Toomey were athletes before they were announcers! Week after week, Don Quarrie, Pre, Pat Matzdorf, Willie Deckard. You're right, we could go on and on. You know what? In retrospect, that program may have made a significant contribution to the "running boom". It certain fueled the fire of young people like me by exposing me to the athletes that became "heroes" to me.
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