Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
Stocking stuffer alert: Pat Hughes, radio voice of the Cubs, has released the latest in his series of CDs that chronicle the careers of famous baseball play-by-play men, in this case the Yankees’ Mel Allen.
There is plenty of cool audio here for fans of a certain age to enjoy, including Allen calling the 1938 World Series before he ever had worked a regular-season major league game.
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Famously feisty Yankees president Randy Levine leaped to the team’s defense Tuesday when questioned about the team’s high ticket prices by former New York State attorney general Robert Abrams.
For good measure, he threw in a playful jab at Abrams, now a partner at Strook & Strook & Lavan, a law firm that hosted a breakfast forum on sports business that featured Levine.
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As far as I can tell, this is an actual thing: Hallmark Channel announced Monday that it will carry the first ever "Kitten Bowl" on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, with John Sterling on play-by-play and Beth Stern, wife of Howard, as host.
No, really. I think.
Kitten Bowl will be conducted in association with North Shore Animal League America, with all of the participating kittens...Read more »
Tuesday night's HBO "Real Sports" features a Bryant Gumbel sitdown with Reggie Jackson, who is promoting his new book, "Becoming Mr. October," in which he weighs in on a number of topics.
One of them is the way he was portrayed in the ESPN series, "The Bronx is Burning," back in 2007. Another is his ongoing dislike of Billy Martin.
Here are excerpts from...Read more »
Undaunted by my mostly negative review last week, the producers of "Bronx Bombers" announced Monday that the show would move to Broadway early next year, with previews starting Jan. 10 and an official opening Feb. 6 at Circle in the Square Theater.
The big roster move is a new set of actors playing Yogi and Carmen Berra - the husband-and-wife duo of Peter Scolari and Tracy Shayne.
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“Bronx Bombers,’’ the latest from the sports-minded producers who brought you “Lombardi’’ and “Magic/Bird,’’ ends its off-Broadway run Saturday night and still is aiming for a Broadway premiere early in 2014.
The plan is tweak the show – and add other elements, including video – after what it called its “spring training’’ at The Duke on 42nd Street.
Is it worth the effort? Maybe. Writer/director...Read more »
As a practical matter, the Mets’ departure from WFAN should not be a huge deal. The team will appear on a major radio station in 2014 and beyond, and fans will adjust soon enough.
But the news the Yankees would be taking the Mets’ place on the dial hit fans hard emotionally, partly because of a crosstown rival moving into their team’s old house, and partly because of the Mets’ extraordinary...Read more »
Everyone knows the Yankees had, um, mixed emotions about Alex Rodriguez returning to the fold rather than, say, folding his tent and going away for good.
But there is no downside to A-Rod when it comes to YES Network ratings.
That was proven Monday night when his not-so-triumphant return to the big leagues helped YES average 4.34 percent of homes in the New York market for the Yankees-White...Read more »
It's not over until it's over, even after one of your most famous TV characters has been dismembered and buried.
Thus will the actor Joe Pantoliano - who as Ralph Cifaretto on "The Sopranos'' found himself going all to pieces - be intact and on stage this autumn playing former Yankees great Yogi Berra in the new play, "Bronx Bombers."
The show, set to premiere Sept. 17...Read more »
I hate it when other journalists come up with seemingly obvious, great ideas I should have thought of and executed first!
But give credit where it's due: This Wall Street Journal piece in which John Sterling laments the lack of home runs to call from the 2013 Yankees is pure gold.
Best line: "This year there's a new Yankee every day. I couldn't keep up with them. Fortunately, I...Read more »