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.

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