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3,000 STRIKEOUTS - PRINTED ART SIGNED IN INK CO-SIGNED BY: GAYLORD PERRY, DON SUTTON, STEVE CARLTON, PHIL "KNUCKSIE" NIEKRO, BOB GIBSON, ROGER CLEMENS, BERT BLYLEVEN, FERGUSON JENKINS, NOLAN RYAN, TOM "TOM TERRIFIC" SEAVER, DOO S. OH - HFSID 266294

 

BASEBALL: 3,000 STRIKEOUTS
Ten baseball players that have reached 3,000 strikeouts sign a color 30x24 numbered 29out of 100 limited edition print
Printed Image signed: "Nolan Ryan", "Roger Clemens", "Steve Carlton", "Bert Blyleven", "Tom Seaver", "Don Sutton", "Gaylord Perry", "Phil Niekro", "Fergie Jenkins" and "Bob Gibson". Color, 30x24. Number 29 of a Limited Edition of 100. Also signed by the artist: "Doo S. Oh". All ten signers are pictured. NOLAN RYAN, with a record 5,714 strikeouts, is in the center next to a b/w image of Walter Johnson, the only member of the "3,000 club" from 1923 until 1974, when BOB GIBSON struck out #3000. Fine condition. Framed, not in Gallery of History style: 38½x33. Not reviewed by us for conservation integrity. "As is" framing purchase.


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GAYLORD PERRY
Born: September 15, 1938 in Williamston, North Carolina

Full name Gaylord Jackson Perry
Born September 15, 1938, Williamston, North Carolina
First Game: April 14, 1962; Final Game: September 21, 1983
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 4" Weight: 205
Brother of Jim Perry

GAYLORD PERRY
This article was written by Mark Armour and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1991
Named NL Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1978)
Named AL Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1972)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1978)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1972)

Gaylord Perry, one of the premier pitchers of his generation, won 314 games and struck out 3524 batters, but his place in baseball history rests mainly with his notorious use of the spitball, or greaseball, which defied batters, humiliated umpires, and infuriated opposing managers for two decades. But make no mistake: he was also a brilliant craftsman with several excellent pitches in his repertoire, a hurler whose mastery of the spitter provided the batter yet another thing to think about as the pitch sailed toward the plate. After the game, he sheepishly denied any wrongdoing, slyly grinning like a poker player who knows he's one step ahead of everyone else.

During Perry's career, the rules governing the enforcement of the spitball were changed twice, and the umpires were given explicit directives concerning the pitch several other times, and all this was primarily because of Gaylord Perry. When it was his day to pitch, he was the story. Where did he get his grease? Why don't the umpires stop him? Did you see what that pitch just did? Perry just kept grinning. The only time the ruckus quieted down, he reasoned, was when he was pitching poorly. The louder it got, the better he was doing. Sure, there were many other accused practitioners of the spitter during the 1960s and 1970s-good pitchers like Phil Regan, Bill Singer, Jim Maloney-but no one threw it as well, and for as long, as Gaylord Perry.

Through the years, Perry's denials became a familiar and humorous part of the show. During a playoff game in 1971, a television reporter briefly sat down with the Perry family during a game Gaylord was pitching. After a few polite questions, Allison, Perry's five-year-old daughter was asked, "Does your daddy throw a grease ball?" Not missing a beat, she responded, "It's a hard slider."


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DON SUTTON
Born: April 2, 1945 in Clio, Alabama

Baseball Career:
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 185
First Game: April 14, 1966 ; Final Game: August 9, 1988

Awards and Achievements:
Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1998
Named NL Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1966)
Named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (1977)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1976)


Full name Donald Howard Sutton
Born April 2, 1945, Clio, Alabama
First Game: April 14, 1966; Final Game: August 9, 1988
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 185

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1998
Named NL Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1966)
Named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (1977)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1976)



Film Credits
2010-2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2007 The Bronx Is Burning (Other), 2006 The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (in person), 2004-2006 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2000 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1986 1986 American League Championship Series (in person), 1983 Just Men! (in person), 1982 1982 World Series (in person), 1982 1982 American League Championship Series (in person), 1981 Match Game PM (in person), 1981 Fantasy Island (Performer), 1979 1979 National League Championship Series (in person), 1978 1978 National League Championship Series (in person), 1977 Wonderbug (in person), 1977 1977 World Series (in person), 1977 1977 National League Championship Series (in person), 1977 1977 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1976 The Carol Burnett Show (in person), 1975 1975 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1974 1974 World Series (in person), 1974 1974 National League Championship Series (in person), 1973 Braves TBS Baseball (in person), 1973 1973 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1972 1972 MLB All-Star Game (in person)


STEVE CARLTON
Born: December 22, 1944 in Miami, Florida

Full name Steven Norman Carlton
Born December 22, 1944, Miami, Florida
First Game: April 12, 1965; Final Game: April 23, 1988
Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 6' 4" Weight: 210

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1994
Named NL Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1972, 1977, 1980 and 1982)
Named NL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1972, 1977, 1980 and 1982)
Named left-handed pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1969, 1971 to 1972, 1977, 1979 to 1980 and 1982)
Won NL Gold Glove as pitcher (1981)



Film Credits
2010 Prime 9 (in person), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2006 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2006 DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes (Other), 2000 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1996 1996 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1992 Married with Children (in person), 1986 Centennial: Over 100 Years of Philadelphia Phillies Baseball (in person), 1983 1983 World Series (in person), 1983 1983 National League Championship Series (in person), 1982 1982 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1980 1980 World Series (in person), 1980 1980 National League Championship Series (in person), 1979 1979 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1978 1978 National League Championship Series (in person), 1977 1977 National League Championship Series (in person), 1976 1976 National League Championship Series (in person), 1973 Cavalcade of Champions (in person), 1972 1972 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1968 1968 World Series (in person), 1968 1968 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1967 1967 World Series (in person)


PHIL NIEKRO
Born: April 1, 1939 in Blaine, Ohio

Full name Philip Henry Niekro
Born April 1, 1939, Blaine, Ohio
First Game: April 15, 1964; Final Game: September 27, 1987
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 180
Uncle of Lance Niekro
Brother of Joe Niekro

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1997
Won NL Gold Glove as pitcher (1978 to 1980 and 1982 to 1983)



Film Credits
2013 60 Minutes Sports (in person), 2012 Knuckleball! (in person), 2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2006 Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith (in person), 2006 DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes (Other), 2003 Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 2002 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1982 1982 National League Championship Series (in person), 1978 1978 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 1969 National League Championship Series (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person)


BOB GIBSON
Born: November 9, 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska

Full name Robert Gibson
Born November 9, 1935, Omaha, Nebraska
Born as: Pack Robert Gibson
First Game: April 15, 1959; Final Game: September 3, 1975
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 189

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1981
Named NL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1968)
Named NL Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1968 and 1970)
Named NL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1968 and 1970)
Named World Series Most Valuable Player (1964 and 1967)
Named pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1968)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1970)
Won NL Gold Glove as pitcher (1965 to 1973)



Film Credits
2013 Mike & Mike (Other), 2011 The Curious Case of Curt Flood (in person), 2010 Prime 9 (in person), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2009 Rome Is Burning (Other), 2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2006 St. Louis Cardinals: Baseball Heaven (in person), 2006 ESPN Outside the Lines Nightly (Other), 2006 DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes (Other), 2006 Costas Now (in person), 2004 Whose Curse Is Worse: Red Sox and Cubs on Trial (Other), 2004 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2004 2004 World Series (Other), 2003 Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2002 The Tim McCarver Show (in person), 2002 A City on Fire: The Story of the '68 Detroit Tigers (in person), 2000-2004 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2000 When It Was a Game 3 (in person), 1994 Charlie Rose (in person), 1993 1993 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1980 1980 World Series (in person), 1978 Race for the Pennant (in person), 1976 Monday Night Baseball (in person), 1972 1972 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 1970 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1968 The Hollywood Palace (in person), 1968 The Bob Hope Show (in person), 1968 Gentle Ben (in person), 1968 1968 World Series (in person), 1967-1968 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1967 1967 World Series (in person), 1967 1967 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1965 1965 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1964-1969 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1964 1964 World Series (in person)


ROGER CLEMENS
Born: August 4, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio

Baseball Career:
First Game: May 15, 1984; Final Game: September 16, 2007
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 4" Weight: 205

Awards and Achievements:
Named AL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1986)
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1986)
Named Internet Baseball Awards' NL Cy Young Award Winner (2005)
Named Internet Baseball Awards' AL Cy Young Award Winner (1991 to 1992 and 1997 to 1998)
Named NL Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (2004)
Named AL Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1986 to 1987, 1991, 1997 to 1998 and 2001)
Named AL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1986, 1991, 1997 to 1998 and 2001)
Named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (1986)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1986 to 1987, 1991, 1997 and 2001)



Film Credits
2012-2013 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Other), 2012 Mike & Mike (Other), 2012 Knuckleball! (Other), 2012 CBS This Morning (in person), 2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2011 Mike & Mike (in person), 2009 Access Hollywood (in person), 2008 Pardon the Interruption (Other), 2008 Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach (in person), 2008 60 Minutes (in person), 2007-2009 Rome Is Burning (Other), 2007-2008 The O'Reilly Factor (Other), 2007 MythBusters (in person), 2007 ESPN First Take (Other), 2006 The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (Other), 2006 The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (in person), 2006 Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith (Other), 2006 Pardon the Interruption (in person), 2006 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2006 DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes (Other), 2005 While You Were Out (in person), 2005 Game 6 (Other), 2005 ESPN Friday Night Fights (in person), 2005 2005 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2004 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (in person), 2004 Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino (Other), 2004 Nine Innings from Ground Zero (Other), 2004 Hope & Faith (in person), 2004 52 Most Irresistible Women (in person), 2004 2004 World Series (Other), 2004 2004 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2003-2012 60 Minutes (Other), 2003 Hollywood Pinstripes (in person), 2003 Anger Management (in person), 2003 2003 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 2002 The Tim McCarver Show (in person), 2002 MC Hammer: 2 Legit - The Videos (Other), 2002 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2001 Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History (in person), 2001 2001 World Series (in person), 2001 2001 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2001 2001 American League Championship Series (in person), 2000 2000 Official World Series (in person), 2000 2000 American League Championship Series (in person), 1999-2003 Late Show with David Letterman (in person), 1999 Spin City (in person), 1999 Arli$$ (in person), 1999 1999 American League Championship Series (in person), 1998 Saturday Night Live (in person), 1998 1998 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1997 Arli$$ (Performer), 1997 1997 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1996 Kingpin (Performer), 1994 Up Close Primetime (in person), 1994 Cobb (Performer), 1993 Comic Relief: Baseball Relief '93 (in person), 1992 The Simpsons (in person), 1992 1992 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1991-2007 Sunday Night Baseball (in person), 1991 1991 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1990 Beating the Odds: The 1990 Boston Red Sox (in person), 1990 1990 American League Championship Series (in person), 1988 1988 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1988 1988 American League Championship Series (in person), 1986 1986 World Series (in person), 1986 1986 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1986 1986 American League Championship Series (in person)


BERT BLYLEVEN
Born: April 6, 1951 in Zeist, Netherlands

Full name Rik Aalbert Blyleven
Born April 6, 1951, Zeist, Netherlands
Born as: Rik Aalbert Blijleven
First Game: June 5, 1970; Final Game: October 4, 1992
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 3" Weight: 200

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 2011
Named AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1970)
Named AL Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1989)



Film Credits
2011 Mike & Mike (in person), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2007 Twins Live (in person), 2005-2006 The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (in person), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 1990 Taking Care of Business (Performer), 1987 1987 American League Championship Series (in person), 1985 1985 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1979 1979 World Series Video: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles (in person), 1979 1979 National League Championship Series (in person), 1973 1973 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 1970 American League Championship Series (in person)


FERGUSON JENKINS
Born: December 13, 1942 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada

Full name Ferguson Arthur Jenkins
Born December 13, 1942, Chatham, Ontario (Canada)
First Game: September 10, 1965; Final Game: September 26, 1983
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 5" Weight: 205

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1991
Named NL Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1971)
Named NL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1971)
Named AL Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1974)
Named pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1967)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1971 to 1972)

FERGUSON JENKINS
This article was written by Cindy Thomson and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Ferguson Arthur Jenkins, Jr. was a dominant right-handed pitcher known for strikeouts, eleventh on the all-time leader list with 3,192. He is the only pitcher to have more than 3,000 strikeouts with less than 1,000 walks (997). While he pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox, he is best known for his tenure with the Chicago Cubs from 1966-1973. In 1982-1983, he finished his career in a return stint with the Cubs.

Although many baseball records declare that he was born in 1943, Jenkins maintains that he was born on December 13, 1942. The only Hall of Famer to be born in Canada, he hails from Chatham, Ontario and is the only child of Ferguson Jenkins, Sr. and his wife Delores. The elder Ferguson, a chef, was descended from immigrants from the Bahamas. Delores' ancestors were slaves who escaped the southern United States via the Underground Railroad. His mother was tall at five feet ten inches, and Fergie grew to be six feet five inches tall.

During his school years, his natural athletic ability began to emerge. He tried several sports and excelled at most of them. In his years at Chatham Vocational High School, Ferguson chose to compete in track, hockey, and basketball, lettering five times. His mother objected to hockey after he got fourteen stitches in his head.


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NOLAN RYAN
Born: January 31, 1947 in Refugio, Texas

Full name Lynn Nolan Ryan
Born January 31, 1947, Refugio, Texas
First Game: September 11, 1966; Final Game: September 22, 1993
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 2" Weight: 170

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1999
Named AL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1977)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1977)

NOLAN RYAN
This article was written by Talmadge Boston and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Nolan Ryan has more strikeouts and no-hitters than any other pitcher in history. Despite never winning a Cy Young Award, he started more games than anyone except Cy Young. Though he played mostly for mediocre teams, his 324 wins are as many as contemporary Don Sutton, who pitched for four pennant winners and just missed a fifth. Yet Ryan's dominance—his 5,714 strikeouts were 2,000 more than Sutton and 1,500 better than Steve Carlton, whom he once trailed in the all-time K race—puts The Ryan Express head and shoulders above almost any other pitcher since 1970. His longevity—winning a strikeout crown and throwing a no-hitter while being the oldest player in the game at the age of 43—makes him the stuff of legend. And in one day in 1971, Ryan's change of coasts became the best trade the California Angels ever made and the worst deal in New York Mets history. He may have walked more batters and thrown more wild pitches than anyone else in the game's history, but that just proved he was human.

Born on January 31, 1947, in Refugio, Texas, Lynn Nolan Ryan was the son of Robert Ryan and Martha Lee Hancock Ryan (a descendant of John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence). The youngest of six children, he had a brother and four sisters. The Ryans moved from Refugio to Alvin, Texas, when Nolan was six weeks old because his father was transferred to the Alvin area. His father was plant supervisor at Hastings plant for Stanton Oil Company, which became Pan American Petroleum.

Nolan began playing baseball at seven with his father in their front yard. From there, the boy decided on his own that he loved playing the game and he started playing on a nearby vacant lot, where neighborhood kids built a diamond. Little League baseball had only recently come to Alvin, and it soon provided the official start to Nolan Ryan's career at Schroeder Field, where he became an all-star for the first time.


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2012 Man Caves (in person), 2012 A Baseball Love Story: The Texas Rangers (in person), 2011 The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman (in person), 2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2010-2012 Mike & Mike (in person), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2008 Rome Is Burning (Other), 2007 Hitting from the Heart (Other), 2006 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2002 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 1995 1995 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1993 Sunday Night Baseball (in person), 1993 Andy Griffith Show Reunion (in person), 1991 Baseball's Record Breakers (in person), 1991 Baseball 1991: A Video Yearbook (in person), 1990 This Week in Baseball 1990 (Performer), 1989 Good Morning America (in person), 1989 1989 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1986 1986 National League Championship Series (in person), 1985 1985 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1981 1981 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1980 1980 National League Championship Series (in person), 1979 1979 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1979 1979 American League Championship Series (in person), 1975 Ryan's Hope (in person), 1973 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (in person), 1973 1973 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 1969 World Series (in person), 1969 1969 National League Championship Series (in person)


TOM SEAVER
Born: November 17, 1944 in Fresno, California

Full name George Thomas Seaver
Born November 17, 1944, Fresno, California
First Game: April 13, 1967; Final Game: September 19, 1986
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1992
Named NL Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1969, 1973 and 1975)
Named NL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1969 and 1975)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1967)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1969, 1973, 1975 and 1981)

TOM SEAVER
This article was written by Maxwell Kates and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

4,256. 755. 5,714. 511. .366.

As baseball has often been described as a game of numbers, fans, reporters, and students of the game would most certainly recognize the preceding list of significant digits. They are career accomplishments forever linked to the respective immortals Pete Rose, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Cy Young, and Ty Cobb. To that list, another number should be added to commemorate a feat of equal important to longevity in base hits, home runs, strikeouts, wins, and batting average.

98.8.

On January 7, 1992, that was the percentage by which Tom Seaver was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. No player has ever received a higher approval rating by the Baseball Writers Association of America, not even Cobb. Few players were ever more connected as a "franchise" player than Tom Terrific with the New York Mets. No member of the team was as intricately associated with their meteoric rise from cellar dwellers to world champions. Seaver was an immediate success upon arriving in New York in 1967. His miracle season of 1969 was highlighted by the game of his career against the divisional rival Chicago Cubs. He continued to pitch brilliantly in the 1970s, fanning 10 consecutive Padres in a game, collecting 200 strikeouts for nine straight seasons, and becoming the first right-hander win three Cy Young Awards. Then, at the height of Seaver's game in 1977, an ugly contract squabble led to what became known as the Midnight Massacre, a trade to the Cincinnati Reds that devastated the Mets and drove countless fans away from Shea Stadium. After five years of exile in the Queen City, Seaver returned to Queens in 1983. Although he wore socks of different color schemes toward the end of his career, he saved his final crowning achievement for the New York fans to enjoy.

George Thomas Seaver was born on November 17, 1944, in Fresno, California. His mother, Betty, was a homemaker and his father, Charles, was an executive with the Bonner Packing Company, which harvested and shipped raisins to all corners of the country. The Seavers were an athletically minded family. Charles had been a Walker Cup golfer in his youth, while swimming, volleyball, and surfing were also represented in the family.


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2013 TORC: Live on Speed (Camera / Electrical Department), 2013 2013 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2012 Studio 42 with Bob Costas (in person), 2010 The Last Play at Shea (in person), 2010 30 for 30 (Other), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 2007 The Bronx Is Burning (in person), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (Other), 2002 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2001 Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History (Other), 1989 An Amazin Era: Revised and u_pdated (in person), 1989 1989 National League Championship Series (in person), 1989 1989 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1986 An Amazin' Era (in person), 1983 Saturday Night Live (in person), 1982 1982 World Series (in person), 1981 1981 National League Championship Series (in person), 1981 1981 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1980 1980 World Series (in person), 1979 The American Sportsman (in person), 1979 1979 National League Championship Series (in person), 1977 1977 World Series (in person), 1977 1977 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1976 The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (in person), 1976 The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (Performer), 1976 1976 National League Championship Series (in person), 1976 1976 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1975 1975 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1973 1973 World Series (in person), 1973 1973 National League Championship Series (in person), 1973 1973 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (in person), 1970 1970 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 The Kraft Music Hall (in person), 1969 The Joe Namath Show (in person), 1969 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1969 1969 World Series (in person), 1969 1969 National League Championship Series (in person), 1968 1968 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1967 1967 MLB All-Star Game (in person)


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