In the early days of this blog, the Sports Challenge Trivia Show was discussed in a post. This morning I happened to come across on “youtube” a classic show that must have aired in 1972. It was a trivia match between the Los Angeles Dodgers made up up of Wes Parker, Frank Robinson (a Dodger for only the ’72 season) and Maury Wills. They went against the defending champion Brooklyn Dodgers team with Carl Erskine, Duke Snider and Jackie Robinson. As always, Dick Enberg was the host. Below is the twenty minute clip. It is really worth watching.
- This was filmed in the last year of Jackie Robinson’s life. I’m not sure of the date, but perhaps it was when Jackie visited L.A. to be a part of Old Timer’s Day when he, Roy Campanella and Sandy Koufax had their Dodger jerseys retired. I am venturing a guess that it was taped then.
|Sandy Koufax and Jackie Robinson, Old Timer's Day, on June 4,1972 at Dodger Stadium. Four months later, Jackie died from complications of diabetes.|
- The Brooklyn guys knew their trivia. Duke and Carl knew their stuff and Jackie answered an obscure question naming the second all time winning jockey at the Kentucky Derby. Who would know that?
- Frank Robinson had just been traded to the Dodgers that year after appearing in the 1971 World Series for the Orioles. There is an interesting clip from that World Series against the Pirates where they show Frank’s hustle being responsible for the winning run that scored in game six of that Series. I had forgotten all about that. Notice that former Dodger pinch hitting specialist, Vic Davilillo as a Pirate, nearly threw him out from center field on the game winning sacrifice fly that ended the game.
- Towards the end there is an interesting clip from the 1971 Dodger season. It shows Bill Buckner facing the Giants Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park on September 13,1971. Jerry Doggett narrates the action as Buckner gets beaned in 5th inning action. What results is the start of a bench clearing brawl that amounted to nothing.
|Marichal beans Buckner, September 13, 1971.|
- Frank Robinson, a high school teammate of Bill Russell was able to guess him as the “mystery guest” because the hint spoke of Russell’s high school basketball career and they were teammates at Oakland’s McClymonds High School.
- Check out the threads Russell was wearing in 1972. Now those were some "hip" clothes.