November 13, 1976

Battle of the Network Stars I



Winner | ABC

2. CBS
3. NBC

Swimming relay | NBC

Karen Grassle
Ben Murphy
Melissa Sue Anderson
Robert Conrad
Tim Matheson

2. CBS
3. ABC

Running relay | ABC

Penny Marshall
Darleen Carr
Robert Hegyes
Gabe Kaplan
Ron Howard
Richard Hatch

2. NBC (two-second penalty)
3. CBS

Gabe Kaplan beat Robert Conrad in a 100-meter run-off.



Tennis | CBS

Pat Harrington Jr. / Loretta Swit

2. NBC
3. ABC

Golf | CBS

Bill Macy
Lee Meriwether

2. NBC
3. ABC

Baseball dunk | CBS

2. ABC
3. NBC

Leading scorer | Jimmie Walker, CBS
Leading scorer | Ron Howard, ABC

Bicycle relay | NBC

Anchor leg | Ben Murphy

Obstacle course | ABC

2. NBC
3. CBS

Best time (men) | Ben Murphy, NBC, 17.0
Best time (men) | Richard Hatch, ABC, 17.7
Best time (women) | Penny Marshall, ABC, 20.6

Volleyball | ABC

ABC beat CBS 11-7 in the final.

2. CBS
3. NBC

All three networks finished with 600 points. ABC and CBS faced each other in the Tug of War, because they won the most events.

Tug of War | ABC beat CBS

Robert Hegyes
Hal Linden
Penny Marshall
Gabe Kaplan
Lynda Carter
Richard Hatch

All-Battle team | Richard Hatch, ABC

Gabe Kaplan, ABC
Penny Marshall, ABC
Robert Hegyes, ABC
Ben Murphy, NBC
Loretta Swit, CBS
Lee Meriwether, CBS
Lynda Carter, ABC

Injury
Robert Hegyes, ABC (left shin)

October 8, 1976

National League awards [1976]



Ted Turner bought Atlanta, then signed Andy Messersmith to a “lifetime contract” worth $1 million. Rick Monday rescued the American flag at Dodger Stadium. John Montefusco, Larry Dierker and John Candelaria threw no-hitters. Managers Walter Alston and Danny Murtaugh retired.

Babe Ruth Award | Joe Morgan, Reds. 27 home runs, 111 RBIs, .320 batting average, .444 on-base percentage, .576 slugging percentage, 113 runs, 114 walks, 60 stolen bases.

2. Mike Schmidt, Phillies
3. Pete Rose, Reds

Walter Johnson Award | John Montefusco, Giants. 16-14, 2.84 ERA, 172 strikeouts and 74 walks in 253.1 innings, 11 complete games, six shutouts. 2. Phil Niekro, Atlanta. | The Lip Who Is Split

Jackie Robinson Award | Pat Zachry, Reds. 14-7, 2.74 ERA, 143 strikeouts and 83 walks in 204 innings.

Pee Wee Reese Award | Garry Maddox, Phillies. 6 home runs, 68 RBIs, .330 batting average, .377 on-base percentage, .456 slugging percentage, 37 doubles, 29 stolen bases.

Connie Mack Award | Danny Ozark, Phillies. 101-61 [.623]

2. Sparky Anderson, Reds
3. Danny Murtaugh, Pirates



Catcher | Johnny Bench, Reds. 16 home runs, 74 RBIs, .234 batting average, .348 on-base percentage, .394 slugging percentage. 2. Ted Simmons, Cardinals. Best fielder | Bench

First base | Steve Garvey, Dodgers. 13 home runs, 80 RBIs, .317 batting average, .363 on-base percentage, .450 slugging percentage, 200 hits, 37 doubles. 2. Bob Watson, Astros. Best fielder | Garvey

Second base | Joe Morgan, Reds. 27 home runs, 111 RBIs, .320 batting average, .444 on-base percentage, .576 slugging percentage, 113 runs, 114 walks, 60 stolen bases. Best fielder | Manny Trillo, Cubs.

2. Dave Cash, Phillies
3. Davey Lopes, Dodgers

Third base | Mike Schmidt, Phillies. 38 home runs, 107 RBIs, .262 batting average, .376 on-base percentage, .524 slugging percentage, 112 runs, 100 walks, 11 HBPs. Best fielder | Schmidt

2. Pete Rose, Reds
3. Ron Cey, Dodgers

Shortstop | Dave Concepcion, Reds. 9 home runs, 69 RBIs, .281 batting average, .355 on-base percentage, .401 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Concepcion

Left field | George Foster, Reds. 29 home runs, 121 RBIs, .306 batting average, .364 on-base percentage, .530 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Bill Buckner, Dodgers

Center field | Cesar Cedeno, Astros. 18 home runs, 83 RBIs, .297 batting average, .357 on-base percentage, .454 slugging percentage, 58 stolen bases. Best fielder | Maddox

2. Garry Maddox, Phillies

Right field | Dave Winfield, Padres. 13 home runs, 69 RBIs, .283 batting average, .366 on-base percentage, .431 slugging percentage. 2. Ken Griffey, Reds.



Starting rotation |

1. John Montefusco, Giants.
16-14, 2.84 ERA, 172 strikeouts and 74 walks in 253.1 innings, 11 complete games, six shutouts.

2. Phil Niekro, Atlanta. 17-11, 3.29 ERA, 173 strikeouts and 101 walks in 270.2 innings, 10 complete games, 14 wild pitches.

3. Tom Seaver, Mets. 14-11, 2.59 ERA, 235 strikeouts and 77 walks in 271 innings, 13 complete games, five shutouts, 12 wild pitches.

4. Jim Barr, Giants. 15-12, 2.89 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 60 walks in 252.1 innings.

5. Randy Jones, Padres. 22-14, 2.74 ERA, 93 strikeouts and 50 walks in 315.1 innings, 25 complete games, five shutouts. Jones tied Christy Mathewson’s league record with 68 straight innings without a walk. | Uncommon Success

Reliever | Charlie Hough, Dodgers. 12-8, 2.21 ERA, 18 saves, 81 strikeouts and 77 walks in 142.2 innings. 2. Rawly Eastwick, Reds.

Best Picture | The Bad News Bears



— Kevin Brewer

American League awards [1976]



The Yankees and Red Sox fought in one of the wildest brawls of all time. Athletics owner Charlie Finley tried to trade or sell all of his star players. 50-year-old Minnie Minoso singled against the Angels. Cleveland player-manager Frank Robinson singled in his final at-bat.

Babe Ruth Award | Mark Fidrych, Tigers. 19-9, 2.34 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 53 walks in 250.1 innings, 24 complete games. | The Bird Fell to Earth

2. George Brett, Royals
3. Graig Nettles, Yankees
4. Rod Carew, Twins
5. Frank Tanana, Angels

Walter Johnson Award | Mark Fidrych, Tigers. Fidrych didn’t make his first start until May 15, then won nine of his first 10. | Cuckoo Over a Rara Avis

Jackie Robinson Award | Mark Fidrych, Tigers. 2. Butch Wynegar, Twins.

Pee Wee Reese Award | Thurman Munson, Yankees. 17 home runs, 105 RBIs, .302 batting average, .337 on-base percentage, .432 slugging percentage. | He’s a Dish Only Behind the Plate

Connie Mack Award | Billy Martin, Yankees. 97-62 [.610]

2. Gene Mauch, Twins
3. Whitey Herzog, Royals



Catcher | Thurman Munson, Yankees. 17 home runs, 105 RBIs, .302 batting average, .337 on-base percentage, .432 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Jim Sundberg, Rangers.

2. Carlton Fisk, Red Sox

First base | Rod Carew, Twins. 9 home runs, 90 RBIs, .331 batting average, .395 on-base percentage, .463 slugging percentage, 200 hits, 12 triples, 49 stolen bases. Best fielder | Jim Spencer, White Sox.

Second base | Bobby Grich, Orioles. 13 home runs, 54 RBIs, .266 batting average, .373 on-base percentage, .417 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Grich

Third base | George Brett, Royals. 7 home runs, 67 RBIs, .333 batting average, .377 on-base percentage, .462 slugging percentage, 215 hits, 14 triples. Brett won the batting title over teammate Hal McRae in his last at-bat of the season. Best fielder | Graig Nettles, Yankees.

2. Nettles
3. Sal Bando, Athletics

Shortstop | Mark Belanger, Orioles. 1 home run, 40 RBIs, .270 batting average, .336 on-base percentage, .326 slugging percentage, 27 stolen bases. Best fielder | Belanger

Left field | Roy White, Yankees. 14 home runs, 65 RBIs, .293 batting average, .338 on-base percentage, .382 slugging percentage, 36 doubles.

Center field | Mickey Rivers, Yankees. 8 home runs, 67 RBIs, .312 batting average, .327 on-base percentage, .432 slugging percentage, 43 stolen bases. Best fielder | Rivers

2. Ron LeFlore, Tigers

Right field | Reggie Jackson, Orioles. 27 home runs, 91 RBIs, .277 batting average, .351 on-base percentage, .502 slugging percentage, 28 stolen bases.

Designated hitter | Hal McRae, Royals. 8 home runs, 73 RBIs, .332 batting average, .407 on-base percentage, .461 slugging percentage.



Starting rotation |

1. Mark Fidrych, Tigers.
19-9, 2.34 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 53 walks in 250.1 innings, 24 complete games.

2. Frank Tanana, Angels. 19-10, 2.43 ERA, 261 strikeouts and 73 walks in 288.1 innings, 23 complete games.

3. Vida Blue, Athletics. 18-13, 2.35 ERA, 166 strikeouts and 63 walks in 298.1 innings, 20 complete games, six shutouts.

4. Jim Palmer, Orioles. 22-13, 2.51 ERA, 159 strikeouts and 84 walks in 315 innings, 23 complete games, six shutouts.

5. Luis Tiant, Red Sox. 21-12, 3.06 ERA, 131 strikeouts and 64 walks in 279 innings, 19 complete games. 6. Bert Blyleven, Twins-Rangers.

Left-handed reliever | John Hiller, Tigers. 12-8, 2.38 ERA, 13 saves, 117 strikeouts and 67 walks in 121 innings.

Right-handed reliever | Rollie Fingers, Athletics. 13-11, 2.47 ERA, 20 saves, 113 strikeouts and 40 walks in 134.2 innings.

Best Picture | The Bad News Bears



— Kevin Brewer

June 3, 1976

battle story

GABE KAPLAN

Hometown | Brooklyn, N.Y.

Networks | ABC, NBC

Series | Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-79), Lewis & Clark (1981-82)

Scouting report | Ran track and played baseball in high school. Invited to spring training by the San Francisco Giants. “I was a damned good hitter, but I took my life in my hands trying to catch fly balls.”

Battles | Six

As captain | Six

Events won | 14

Signature events | Running relay and 3-on-3 football. He won the swimming relay five times, and he was quarterback of the winning football team three times. Both records.

Greatest Battle | Battle XI, December 1981. Three touchdown passes in the football game and wins in the running relay (fifth leg) and Tug of War (fourth spot), which lasted a record 12:53, in his final Battle.


x. SCOTT BAIO

Hometown | Brooklyn, N.Y.

Network | ABC

Series | Happy Days (1977-84)

Scouting report | People magazine (Oct. 11, 1982): He was a wiry natural jock — a pitcher with a “good curve” and a quarterback creamed by oncoming linemen “who shaved in second grade.”

Battles | Six

As captain | One

Events won | 10

Signature events | Obstacle course and baseball dunk. He won the obstacle course three times. He had eight dunks, second most all time, including four of Melissa Gilbert.

Greatest Battle | Battle XIV, May 1983. The only competitor to win the obstacle course and quarterback the winning football team in the same Battle. Also won the running relay (final two legs) and dunked Meredith Baxter-Birney twice in the baseball dunk.


WILLIAM DEVANE

Hometown | Albany, N.Y.

Networks | NBC, CBS

Series | Black Beauty (1978), From Here to Eternity (1979-80) and Knots Landing (1983-93)

Scouting report | An award-winning polo player.

Battles | Six

As captain | Four

Events won | 11

Signature event | Swimming relay. He won the event a record four times, once as the anchor man.

Greatest Battle | Battle V, November 1978. He won the running relay (two legs), swimming relay (third leg) and Tug of War. Also dunked Gabe Kaplan in the baseball dunk.


MARK HARMON

Hometown | Los Angeles

Network | NBC

Series | Flamingo Road (1980-82), St. Elsewhere (1983-86)

Scouting report | Quarterback at UCLA in 1972 and 73, leading the Bruins to a 17-5 record, including an upset of No. 1 Nebraska. Son of Tom Harmon, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1940. Played rugby in college and baseball in high school.

Battles | Four

As captain | One

Events won | Nine

Signature event | Obstacle course. He won the event three times and holds the record with a time of 17.50.

Greatest Battle | Battle XI, December 1981. He won the obstacle course, running relay (final two legs), swimming relay (final two legs) and Tug of War (lead man), which lasted a record 12:53. Also scored one touchdown in the football game.


x. JUDY NORTON-TAYLOR

Hometown | Santa Monica, Calif.

Network | CBS

Series | The Waltons (1971-81)

Scouting report | Practiced with roller derby teams. Grew up skiing, playing tennis and participating in equestrian sports.

Battles | Three

Events won | 12 (seven different events)

Signature event | Obstacle course. She won three times, beating record-holder Kristy McNichol, Susan Richardson and Randi Oakes.

Best Battle | Battle IX, December 1980. Arguably the greatest battle performance of all time. She won six events: obstacle course, swimming relay, kayak relay, running relay, Tug of War, with two touchdown catches in the football game.


x. RANDI OAKES

Hometown | Sumner, Iowa (pop. 2,009)

Networks | NBC, ABC

Series | CHiPs (1979-82), Lovers and Other Strangers (1982-83)

Scouting report | none

Battles | Five

Events won | 14

Signature event | Running relay. She won the event five times — a women’s record.

Greatest Battle | Battle XIV, May 1983. She won the obstacle course, running relay (fifth leg) and kayak relay (second leg) and caught one pass in the football game. Also dunked Tom Wopat twice in the baseball dunk.


BILLY MOSES

Hometown | Ojai, Calif.

Network | CBS

Series | Falcon Crest (1981-87)

Scouting report | Played football in high school until he dislocated his hip.

Battles | Four

Events won | Nine

Signature event | Swimming relay. He won the event three times — a record three as the anchor man.

Greatest Battle | Battle XV, December 1983. He won the obstacle course, swimming relay (final two legs) and kayak relay (final leg). Also had two touchdown catches and one interception in the football game.


GREGORY HARRISON

Hometown | Avalon, Calif., on the Santa Catalina Island (pop. 3,728)

Network | CBS

Series | Trapper John, M.D. (1979-86)

Scouting report | Excellent in the water. Lifelong surfer. Also swimming and kayaking.

Battles | Four

Events won | 10 (seven different events)

Signature events | Baseball dunk and swimming relay. The all-time leader with nine dunks, including seven of wife Randi Oakes. He won the swimming relay twice, both times as the anchor man.

Greatest Battle | Battle IX, December 1980. He won the swimming relay (final two legs), kayak relay (final leg), running relay (sixth leg) and Tug of War (lead man). Also dunked Arte Johnson twice in the baseball dunk.


TOM SELLECK

Hometown | Detroit, then Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Network | CBS

Series | Magnum, P.I. (1980-88)

Scouting report | Played basketball at Southern Cal for two seasons (1965-67), scoring four points in 10 games. From the school’s media guide: “Agile and quick performer who adds depth on front line. Business administration major is good jumper with fine mobility. Rapidly improving shooter has impressed coaches with his hustle in practice. Needs to work on defense.”

Battles | Two

As captain | One

Events won | Nine

Signature events | Swimming relay, 3-on-3 football and Tug of War. He was in only two Battles and won each of these events both times.

Greatest Battle | Battle IX, December 1980. He won the running relay (final two legs), swimming relay and Tug of War. Also threw two touchdown passes in the football game and dunked Arte Johnson three times in the baseball dunk.



ROBERT CONRAD

Hometown | Chicago

Network | NBC

Television series | He played tough guys: a World War II pilot in Black Sheep Squadron (1976-78), an 18th century fur trader in Centennial (1978-79), a boxer turned private detective in The Duke (1979) and a freelance spy in A Man Called Sloane (1979).

Scouting report | Played football and basketball in high school and coached youth football. He was 4-0-1 as a professional boxer in the 1960s.

Battles | Six

As captain | Five

Events won | 12

Signature event | Tug of War. Conrad’s teams never lost a Tug of War (4-0). “It comes down to a question of courage,” he said.

Best Battle | Battle II, May 1977. He won the kayak relay (first leg) and Tug of War (second man). Also dunked Hal Linden in the baseball dunk.