Say It Ain’t So Joe (Jackson: Baseball History)

Lead: In the annals of baseball few figures are as pitiful as Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Joseph Jefferson Jackson was born in Brandon Mills, South Carolina before the turn of the century. His family was large and very poor. Receiving no formal education he began work in the local textile mill at the age of 13. He began to play baseball and soon caught the attention of Philadelphia Manager Connie Mack who overcame the boy's shyness and started him with the Athletics in 1908.

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Battle of the Sexes (Tennis) II

Lead: Drawn by rich prize money and the taunts of Bobby Riggs, Billie Jean King, the best woman’s tennis player at the time, agreed to a match, the so-called Battle of the Sexes.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: There was a record crowd, for tennis at least, in the Houston Astrodome on September 20, 1973. The television audience was said to exceed 48,000,000. His recent victory over tennis star, Margaret Court, and his arrogant confidence that he would emerge the victor over King, led Riggs and others who believed in him to place bets on the outcome. In part, King believed she could provoke a shift in attitudes toward women athletes if she were able to win. The event took on aspects of a publicity spectacle. King was carried to the court on a golden litter by four muscle-bound men. Riggs followed in a rickshaw pulled by Bobby’s Bosom Buddies, six amply endowed women in a grotesque display of misogyny.

Battle of the Sexes (Tennis) I

Lead: The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs may have contributed significantly to the progress of women in sports and other parts of society.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: The 1960s and 1970s were decades of gains for women. The founding of the National Organization for Women, the steadily increasing influx of women into business and the professions, and the passage of Title VII in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX in 1972, demonstrated the incremental progress of women in the workforce, domestic life, and sports. Despite this evolution old sentiments die hard. These attitudes were especially strong in the arena of women’s sports. Many felt that women were inferior athletes, unable to compete at the level of their male counterparts.

Secretariat the Greatest Racehorse

 

Lead: He was perhaps the greatest racehorse in history, and his extraordinary speed and strength may have been due to Secretariat’s huge heart.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: They called him Big Red and in 1973 he won racing’s Triple Crown decisively. The horse even seemed to have a celebrity’s instinct for posing at the sound of cameras clicking. Secretariat was a publicist’s dream. He was the culmination of a carefully planned and brilliantly executed breeding program by his owner, Christopher Chenery of New York and the Meadow Stables in Doswell, Virginia. He used the fortune he made in the oil and gas business to pursue one of his great loves, the breeding of fine racehorses.

Flying Wedge: Football Tactic

Lead: On the last Saturday before Thanksgiving 1892 at Hampton Park in Springfield, Massachusetts, 21,500 fans watched the annual Harvard-Yale football game. After a scoreless first half, the Harvard team surprised its opponents with one of the most spectacular and controversial plays in football history. The "flying wedge" was born.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: As it emerged in the late 19th century, the new American sport of football combined features of English rugby and soccer. Gradually, under the leadership of Walter Chauncey Camp who coached the Yale team from 1888 through 1892, the game adopted many of its distinguishing rules. Yet, from the beginning, football had a reputation for rough, even brutal competition. This was defended by many, including future President Theodore Roosevelt who wrote Camp in March, 1895 that he would not change the game's brutality. Football produced leaders and leaders can't be efficient unless they are manly. To him, rough football produced masculine vigor.

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Honus Wagner Trading Card

 

Lead: Emerging from the heady days of the alliance between tobacco and baseball, the Honus Wagner Trading Card is an extremely rare piece of memorabilia, fetching in 2007 an anonymous Ebay purchase for a whopping $2.35 million.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Almost from inception the American tobacco industry understood the value of advertising in the rising popularity of the national pastime, baseball. Somehow it all fit together. Tobacco use on and off the field was almost universal with players, managers, and the fans all chewing and puffing away at the pungent weed. One of the earliest forms of baseball advertising was the baseball card, absent the modern statistical or biographical information - just a player’s picture and often in a numbered series which encouraged buyers to repeatedly purchase the company’s products.

Tragedy at the Munich Olympics II

Lead: In September 1972, members of the Black September faction of the PLO murdered Israeli athletes and coaches at the Munich Olympic Games. It was an elaborate and tragic publicity stunt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Beginning in September 1970, Hussein, the Hashemite King of Jordan, moved decisively to take back control of his country by attacking the increasingly aggressive PLO. Within a year thousands of Palestinians had been killed in fighting with regular Jordanian forces, Yassar Arafat and the POL leadership had been forced out of Jordan, and a new faction of extreme terrorists, Black September, had spun off to exact revenge on Hussein and Jordan. During the following months the group hijacked airplanes and assassinated the Jordanian Prime Minister, but its biggest splash would be in Munich at the Olympics.

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Tragedy at the Munich Olympics I

Lead: The tragic murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics rested on the crossroads of opportunity inhabited by the West German government and Black September, the spin-off of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: It is not that they didn’t try. Though they were morally and ideologically poles apart, the Nazi government of Adolf Hitler and the democratically elected German Republic attempted to use the Olympic Games, 1936 and 1972, to improve their international public relations. In both cases they largely failed.

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