December 20, 1984

Battle of the Network Stars XVII



Winner | NBC

2. ABC
3. CBS

Swimming relay | NBC

James B. Sikking
Stepfanie Kramer
Mark Harmon
Jane Badler
Marc Singer

2. ABC
3. CBS

Kayak relay | ABC, 3:55.78 (including penalty)

Tony Danza
Heather Locklear
Tracy Scoggins
William Shatner

2. CBS
3. NBC

3-on-3 football | NBC

Quarterback | James B. Sikking

2. ABC
3. CBS

Baseball dunk | ABC

2. NBC
3. CBS

Leading scorer | Tony Lo Bianco, ABC



Obstacle course | NBC

2. ABC
3. CBS

Best time (men) | Mark Harmon, NBC, 17.96
Best time (women) | Tracy Scoggins, ABC, 22.52

Tandem bike relay | NBC, 2:10.91

Marc Singer / Kim Fields
Michael J. Fox / Stepfanie Kramer
Mark Harmon / Jane Badler

2. ABC
3. CBS

Running relay | NBC, 2:03.78

Michael J. Fox
Kim Fields
Mark Harmon
Jane Badler
Stepfanie Kramer
Marc Singer

2. ABC
3. CBS

Tug of War | NBC beat ABC

Mark Harmon
Kim Fields
Marc Singer
Teri Copley
James B. Sikking

All-Battle team | Mark Harmon, NBC

Marc Singer, NBC
James B. Sikking, NBC
Tracy Scoggins, ABC
Kim Fields, NBC
Michael J. Fox, NBC
Stepfanie Kramer, NBC
Jane Badler, NBC

Injury
Jennifer O’Neill (knee)

October 2, 1984

American League awards [1984]



The Tigers began the season 35-5. Jack Morris and Mike Witt threw no-hitters. Reggie Jackson hit his 500th home run. Phil Niekro reached 3,000 strikeouts. The White Sox beat the Brewers 7-6 in 25 innings, in eight hours, six minutes — the longest game in major league history.

Babe Ruth Award | Cal Ripken, Orioles. 27 home runs, 86 RBIs, .304 batting average, .374 on-base percentage, .510 slugging percentage, 103 runs, 37 doubles.

2. Eddie Murray, Orioles
3. Alan Trammell, Tigers

Walter Johnson Award | Dave Stieb, Blue Jays. 16-8, 2.83 ERA, 198 strikeouts and 88 walks in 267 innings, 11 complete games, 11 HBPs.

Jackie Robinson Award | Alvin Davis, Mariners. 27 home runs, 116 RBIs, .284 batting average, .391 on-base percentage, .497 slugging percentage.

Pee Wee Reese Award | Willie Hernandez, Tigers. 9-3, 1.92 ERA, 32 saves, 112 strikeouts and 36 walks in 140.1 innings.

Connie Mack Award | Sparky Anderson, Tigers. 104-58 [.642]

2. Bobby Cox, Blue Jays
3. Ralph Houk, Red Sox



Catcher | Lance Parrish, Tigers. 33 home runs, 98 RBIs, .237 batting average, .287 on-base percentage, .443 slugging percentage. 2. Rich Gedman, Red Sox. Best fielder | Parrish

First base | Eddie Murray, Orioles. 29 home runs, 110 RBIs, .306 batting average, .410 on-base percentage, .509 slugging percentage, 107 walks. Best fielder | Pete O’Brien, Rangers.

2. Don Mattingly, Yankees
3. Alvin Davis, Mariners
4. Kent Hrbek, Twins

Second base | Lou Whitaker, Tigers. 13 home runs, 56 RBIs, .289 batting average, .357 on-base percentage, .407 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Willie Randolph, Yankees.

Third base | Wade Boggs, Red Sox. 6 home runs, 55 RBIs, .325 batting average, .407 on-base percentage, .416 slugging percentage, 109 runs, 203 hits. 2. Buddy Bell, Rangers. Best fielder | Boggs

Shortstop | Cal Ripken, Orioles. 27 home runs, 86 RBIs, .304 batting average, .374 on-base percentage, .510 slugging percentage, 103 runs, 37 doubles. Best fielder | Ripken

2. Alan Trammell, Tigers
3. Robin Yount, Brewers

Left field | Rickey Henderson, Athletics. 16 home runs, 58 RBIs, .293 batting average, .399 on-base percentage, .458 slugging percentage, 113 runs, 66 stolen bases.

Center field | Lloyd Moseby, Blue Jays. 18 home runs, 92 RBIs, .280 batting average, .368 on-base percentage, .470 slugging percentage, 15 triples, 39 stolen bases. 2. Chet Lemon, Tigers. Best fielder | Kirby Puckett, Twins.

Right field | Dwight Evans, Red Sox. 32 home runs, 104 RBIs, .295 batting average, .388 on-base percentage, .532 slugging percentage, 121 runs, 37 doubles.

2. Kirk Gibson, Tigers
3. Dave Winfield, Yankees

Designated hitter | Mike Easler, Red Sox. 27 home runs, 91 RBIs, .313 batting average, .376 on-base percentage, .516 slugging percentage. 2. Andre Thornton, Cleveland.



Starting rotation |

1. Dave Stieb, Blue Jays.
16-8, 2.83 ERA, 198 strikeouts and 88 walks in 267 innings, 11 complete games, 11 HBPs.

2. Bert Blyleven, Cleveland. 19-7, 2.87 ERA, 170 strikeouts and 74 walks in 245 innings, 12 complete games.

3. Doyle Alexander, Blue Jays. 17-6, 3.13 ERA, 139 strikeouts and 59 walks in 261.2 innings, 12 complete games.

4. Mike Boddicker, Orioles. 20-11, 2.79 ERA, 128 strikeouts and 81 walks in 261.1 innings, 16 complete games.

5. Frank Viola, Twins. 18-12, 3.21 ERA, 149 strikeouts and 73 walks in 257.2 innings, 10 complete games.

Reliever | Willie Hernandez, Tigers. 9-3, 1.92 ERA, 32 saves, 112 strikeouts and 36 walks in 140.1 innings. 2. Dan Quisenberry, Royals.
— Kevin Brewer

National League awards [1984]



Expos first baseman Pete Rose doubled for his 4,000th hit. The Expos later traded him to the Reds, who named him their player-manager. The Padres and Atlanta had a series of beanings, close calls and two bench-clearing brawls at Fulton County Stadium on Aug. 12, resulting in 19 ejections.

Babe Ruth Award | Ryne Sandberg, Cubs. 19 home runs, 84 RBIs, .314 batting average, .367 on-base percentage, .520 slugging percentage, 114 runs, 200 hits, 36 doubles, 19 triples, 32 stolen bases.

2. Tony Gwynn, Padres
3. Keith Hernandez, Mets
4. Gary Carter, Expos
5. Tim Raines, Expos
6. Dale Murphy, Atlanta

Walter Johnson Award | Bruce Sutter, Cardinals. 6-7, 1.54 ERA, 45 saves, 77 strikeouts and 23 walks in 122.2 innings.

2. Dwight Gooden, Mets
3. Rick Rhoden, Pirates

Jackie Robinson Award | Dwight Gooden, Mets. 17-9, 2.60 ERA, 276 strikeouts and 73 walks in 218 innings. Gooden, 19, broke Herb Score’s rookie strikeout record and set the all-time record for strikeouts per nine innings (11.39).

Pee Wee Reese Award | Gary Matthews, Cubs. 14 home runs, 82 RBIs, .291 batting average, .410 on-base percentage, .428 slugging percentage, 101 runs, 103 walks, 10 sacrifice flies. 2. Rick Sutcliffe, Cubs.

Connie Mack Award | Jim Frey, Cubs. 96-65 [.596] Frey led the Cubs to their first winning season since 1972 and their first playoff appearance since 1945.

2. Davey Johnson, Mets
3. Dick Williams, Padres

Branch Rickey Award | Dallas Green, Cubs. The manager of the 1980 World Series champion Philles, Green won the division by acquiring his old players — Keith Moreland in 1981, Ryne Sandberg and Larry Bowa in 1982 and Gary Matthews and Bob Dernier before the season.



Catcher | Gary Carter, Expos. 27 home runs, 106 RBIs, .294 batting average, .366 on-base percentage, .487 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Tony Pena, Pirates.

First base | Keith Hernandez, Mets. 15 home runs, 94 RBIs, .311 batting average, .409 on-base percentage, .449 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Steve Garvey, Padres.

Second base | Ryne Sandberg, Cubs. 19 home runs, 84 RBIs, .314 batting average, .367 on-base percentage, .520 slugging percentage, 114 runs, 200 hits, 36 doubles, 19 triples, 32 stolen bases. Best fielder | Sandberg

Third base | Mike Schmidt, Phillies. 36 home runs, 106 RBIs, .277 batting average, .383 on-base percentage, .536 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Tim Wallach, Expos.

Shortstop | Ozzie Smith, Cardinals. 1 home run, 44 RBIs, .257 batting average, .347 on-base percentage, .337 slugging percentage, 35 stolen bases. Best fielder | Smith

Left field | Jose Cruz, Astros. 12 home runs, 95 RBIs, .312 batting average, .381 on-base percentage, .462 slugging percentage, 13 triples, 22 stolen bases, 10 sacrifice flies.

Center field | Tim Raines, Expos. 8 home runs, 60 RBIs, .309 batting average, .393 on-base percentage, .437 slugging percentage, 106 runs, 38 doubles, 75 stolen bases. Best fielder | Kevin McReynolds, Padres.

2. Dale Murphy, Atlanta
3. Kevin McReynolds, Padres

Right field | Tony Gwynn, Padres. 5 home runs, 71 RBIs, .351 batting average, .410 on-base percentage, .444 slugging percentage, 213 hits, 10 triples, 33 stolen bases.



Starting rotation |

1. Dwight Gooden, Mets.
17-9, 2.60 ERA, 276 strikeouts and 73 walks in 218 innings.

2. Rick Rhoden, Pirates. 14-9, 2.72 ERA, 136 strikeouts and 62 walks in 238.1 innings, 10 wild pitches.

3. Alejandro Pena, Dodgers. 12-6, 2.48 ERA, 135 strikeouts and 46 walks in 199.1 innings, four shutouts.

4. Rick Sutcliffe, Cubs. 16-1, 2.69 ERA, 155 strikeouts and 39 walks in 150.1 innings with the Cubs. | 4-5, 5.15 ERA, 58 strikeouts and 46 walks in 94.1 innings with Cleveland. Player most similar to | Hank Borowy, the last pitcher to win 20 games while playing in both leagues.

Sutcliffe, acquired by the Cubs in a seven-player deal on June 13, helped lead them to the division title. He won the Game 1 of the NLCS but lost the deciding game.

On July 27, 1945, the Cubs acquired Borowy in a waiver deal. He was 11-2 with a 2.14 ERA down the stretch, and the Cubs won the pennant — the last time they made the playoffs. Borowy won the Game 1 of the World Series, but he lost Game 7.

5. Mario Soto, Reds. 18-7, 3.53 ERA, 185 strikeouts and 87 walks in 237.1 innings, 13 complete games.

Reliever | Bruce Sutter, Cardinals. 6-7, 1.54 ERA, 45 saves, 77 strikeouts and 23 walks in 122.2 innings.
— Kevin Brewer

June 13, 1984

NBA awards [1983-84]



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time scoring record. The Pistons beat the Nuggets 186-184 in the highest scoring game of all time. Larry Nance beat Julius Erving in the league’s first dunk contest. David Stern became the league’s fourth commissioner.

Player of the Year | Larry Bird [Celtics] 24.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 50.4 2-point shooting, 88.8 free throw shooting.

2. Bernard King [Knicks]
3. Magic Johnson [Lakers]
4. Adrian Dantley [Jazz]
5. Sidney Moncrief [Bucks]

Rookie of the Year | Ralph Sampson [Rockets] 21.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 52.4 2-point shooting, 66.1 free throw shooting, 2.4 blocks. Age [23]

Defensive Player of the Year | Alton Lister [Bucks] 1.7 blocks.

Sixth Man of the Year | Kevin McHale [Celtics] 18.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 55.7 2-point shooting, 76.5 free throw shooting.

Coach of the Year | Chuck Daly [Pistons] 49-33



FIRST TEAM |

Forward | Larry Bird [Celtics] 24.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 50.4 2-point shooting, 88.8 free throw shooting. Age [27]

Forward | Bernard King [Knicks] 26.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 57.3 2-point shooting, 77.9 free throw shooting. Age [27]

Center | Moses Malone [76ers] 22.7 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 48.5 2-point shooting, 75.0 free throw shooting. Age [28]

Point guard | Magic Johnson [Lakers] 17.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 13.1 assists, 57.9 2-point shooting, 81.0 free throw shooting. Age [24]

Guard | Sidney Moncrief [Bucks] 20.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 50.1 2-point shooting, 84.8 free throw shooting. Age [26]



SECOND TEAM |

Forward | Adrian Dantley [Jazz] 30.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 55.9 2-point shooting, 85.9 free throw shooting. Age [27]

Forward | Julius Erving [76ers] 22.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 51.5 2-point shooting, 75.4 free throw shooting. Age [33]

Center | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lakers] 21.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 57.9 2-point shooting, 72.3 free throw shooting. Age [36]

Point guard | Isiah Thomas [Pistons] 21.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 11.1 assists, 46.8 2-point shooting, 73.3 free throw shooting, 2.5 steals. Age [22]

Guard | Rolando Blackman [Mavericks] 22.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 55.0 2-point shooting, 81.2 free throw shooting. Age [24]



HONORABLE MENTION |

Forward | Mark Aguirre [Mavericks] 29.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 53.2 2-point shooting, 74.9 free throw shooting. Age [24]

Forward | Kiki Vandeweghe [Nuggets] 29.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 56.2 2-point shooting, 85.2 free throw shooting. Age [25]

Center | Robert Parish [Celtics] 19.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 54.6 2-point shooting, 74.5 free throw shooting. Age [30]

Forward | Alex English [Nuggets] 26.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 53.1 2-point shooting, 82.4 free throw shooting. Age [30]
— Kevin Brewer

May 3, 1984

Battle of the Network Stars XVI



Winner | CBS

2. NBC
3. ABC

Kayak relay | ABC

C. Thomas Howell
Shari Belafonte-Harper
Heather Locklear
John James

2. NBC
3. CBS

Swimming relay | CBS

William Devane
Charlene Tilton
Richard Dean Anderson
Abby Dalton
Billy Moses

2. NBC
3. ABC

3-on-3 football | CBS

Quarterback | William Devane, CBS
Touchdowns | Abby Dalton 2, Richard Dean Anderson 2

2. NBC
3. ABC

Obstacle course | NBC

2. CBS
3. ABC

Best time (men) | Mark Harmon, NBC, 18.63
Best time (women) | Lisa Whelchel, NBC, 25.25



Tandem bike relay | ABC

Ted Lange / Heather Locklear
James Darren / Shari Belafonte-Harper
John James / Shawn Weatherly

2. CBS
3. NBC

Running relay | ABC

Ted Lange
Shari Belafonte-Harper
C. Thomas Howell
Shawn Weatherly
Heather Locklear
John James

2. NBC
3. CBS

Tug of War | CBS beat NBC

Richard Dean Anderson
Billy Moses
Sarah Douglas
Abby Dalton
Douglas Sheehan

All-Battle team | John James, ABC

William Devane, CBS
Richard Dean Anderson, CBS
Abby Dalton, CBS
Billy Moses, CBS
Heather Locklear, ABC
Shari Belafonte-Harper, ABC
Shawn Weatherly, ABC

January 23, 1984

campaign songs


[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nwRiuh1Cug[/video]



1972. GEORGE McGOVERN

Song | “Bridge over Troubled Water” by Simon Garfunkel

How it was used | It was McGovern’s campaign song.

Endorsed by the artist | Yes.

Simon and Garfunkel played two fundraisers for the Democratic presidential nominee and a “Come Home America!” benefit.

1984. RONALD REAGAN

Song | “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen

How it was used | Reagan briefly used the song during his re-election campaign and at a campaign stop in Hammonton, N.J., said: “America’s future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts. It rests in the message of hope in songs of a man so many young Americans admire — New Jersey’s own, Bruce Springsteen.”

Endorsed by the artist | No.

Two nights later, at a concert in Pittsburgh, Springsteen introduced the “Johnny 99” — a song about an unemployed auto worker who turns to murder: “The President was mentioning my name the other day, and I kinda got to wondering what his favorite album must have been. I don’t think it was the Nebraska album. I don’t think he’s been listening to this one.”

Years later, on 60 Minutes, Springsteen said of Reagan’s economic policy: “In my opinion, those were failed policies. The efficiency of the economy is not the most paramount thing. A country is judged not just by its accomplishments, but by its compassion, the health and welfare of its citizens. That’s the core of its spirit.”

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYIddiB6Cig[/video]



1984. WALTER MONDALE

Song | “Gonna Fly Now” (theme from Rocky), composed by Bill Conti

How it was used | It was the campaign song for the Democratic presidential nominee.

Endorsed by the artist | No.

Conti said he never heard from Mondale.

1988. GEORGE BUSH

Song | “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

How it was used | It was the campaign song for the Republican presidential nominee.

Endorsed by the artist | No.

Bobby McFerrin protested the use of his song, dropping it from his concerts during the time Bush was using it. He also said he would vote against Bush.

McFerrin later released the ironic video for the song, depicting him in an oval office-like setting, reading news of a “financial meltdown,” then jumping out of a window.

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-diB65scQU[/video]



Bush stopped using the song. His next choice was …

Song | “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie

How it was used | Bush made the socialist folk song his second campaign theme.

Endorsed by the artist | No.

Guthrie died in 1967. Because he wrote the song in 1940, it was part of the public domain and Bush did not need permission to use it.

1988. MICHAEL DUKAKIS

Song | “America” by Neil Diamond

How it was used | The son of Greek immigrants used Diamond’s ode to immigrants as his campaign anthem.

Endorsed by the artist | Unknown

1992. BILL CLINTON

Song | “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac

How it was used | It was the theme for Clinton’s campaign.

Endorsed by the artist | Yes.

Fleetwood Mac reunited to perform the song at Clinton’s inaugural ball — their first live performance since 1982.

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h91glweLuBw[/video]



1992. ROSS PEROT

Song | “Crazy” by Patsy Cline

How it was used | Perot announced “Crazy” as the theme song of his campaign the night before the election.

“There are millions of crazy people in this country.” he said at a rally in his hometown of Dallas. “And I’ll say tomorrow, I bet it’ll be a crazy day at the polls.”

Endorsed by the artist | No.

Patsy Cline died in 1963.

1996. BOB DOLE

Song | “Dole Man,” a re-working of “Soul Man” by Sam & Dave

How it was used | His campaign song

Endorsed by the artist | Yes, then no.

Sam Moore re-worked the song’s lyrics and even sang the new version for Dole’s campaign. But Moore didn’t write “Soul Man,” so he could not legally grant permission to use the song.

David Porter and Isaac Hayes wrote the song. “Nobody gave permission here,” Hayes said. “It also bothers me because people may get the impression that David and I endorse Bob Dole, which we don’t.”

Rondor Music International, which published the song, threatened to sue Dole for up to $100,000 each time the song was played at an event.

Dole’s campaign agreed to stop using the song.

2000. GEORGE W. BUSH

Song | “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty

How it was used | Primary campaign appearances

Endorsed by the artist | No.

Petty and his publisher sent Bush a cease-and-desist letter. The publisher said that he use of the song “creates, either intentionally or unintentionally, the impression that you and your campaign have been endorsed by Tom Petty, which is not true.”

Petty played the song at Al Gore’s home the night the Vice President gave his concession speech.

Song | “We the People” by Billy Ray Cyrus

How it was used | General election appearances, Republican National Convention.

Endorsed by the artist | Yes, but …

Cyrus and Monument Records offered the song to both the Bush and Gore campaigns for use, partly to promote his upcoming album. Bush accepted.

But Cyrus, a “lifelong” Democrat who performed at Clinton campaign events in 1992, later had second thoughts: “It’s struck me as different, because it’s a working people’s song, y’know, and I’ve never really thought of the Republicans as the party of the working people. Am I wrong?”

Ron Cyrus — Billy Ray’s father and an 11-term Kentucky congressman and union leader — said: “That is a Democrat Song.”

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSXBEzL1KUk[video]