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 Friday, September 2,  2016 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment: Panama Al Brown

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This week we’ll kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with Panama Al Brown who is one of the most fascinating and yet seldom heard about  figures in sports.  A sporting and media sensation in the the early 20th century, Brown was boxing’s first Hispanic champion – but his unusual and often sensational connections to the popular culture of his day transcended boxing and sport. Panama Al Brown’s  story is fascinating commentary on many of the cultural complexities and contradictions  in today’s society including race, sexuality, the media and much more.

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

Thursday, August 18,  2016 at 7:00  PM  –  KHSU’s  Thursday Night Talk 

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Join Doc and host Brenda Starr for a wide-ranging discussion on contemporary sport, politics and some timeless ancient Greek wisdom from the first Olympic Games (Funeral Games) from the 23rd chapter of Homer’s incomparable Iliad more than 2800 years ago.  The more things change…

 

 

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Friday, August 5,  2016 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment: Teofilo Stevenson

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Three-time Olympic gold-medalist Teofilo Stevenson

Today we’ll be looking at one of the greatest  athletes in the history of the modern Olympics, and Cuba’s national sports hero, Teofilo Stevenson (1952 – 2012).  A boxer with size, quickness, ferocity, intelligence and durability, Stevenson won 3 gold medals in three different Olympics. Boxing promoters from the US tried to lure Stevenson with big money to leave Cuba after winning his second gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics to fight heavyweight world champion , Muhammad Ali.  Stevenson, whose popularity rivaled Castro in Cuba, turned down the money, declaring his love for his Cuban countrymen and the Castro regime that held him up as the ultimate exemplar of Cuba’s aspirations. No one would ever know the result of what could truly have  been the “fight of the century.”

Former Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson (R), a three-time world amateur boxing champion, greets former world heavyweight champion US Muhammad Ali (L) on 18 January upon his arrival at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana (615×409)

Two great champions who never fought; an aging Muhammad Ali (left) suffering from Parkinson’s Syndrome meeting with Cuban national sports hero, Teofilo Stevenson during Ali’s visit to Cuba in 1996.

 

 

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Friday, June 1,  2016 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment: Pele

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With both Brazil (political and economic woes preceding the upcoming Olympic Games)  and soccer in the headlines recently (Brazil’s early exit from the exciting Copa America tournament), we will look at Brazil’s  Pele, voted 2nd behind only Muhammad Ali in the UK’s Independent newspaper assessment of the century’s greatest athletes.    Though a public figure in Brazil and the world ever since he led Brazil to the 1958 World Cup as the youngest player ever to play in the World Cup at age 17, Pele has had to walk a difficult line in a country that has a complicated and ever-changing political history.  Pele’s incredible personal story of extreme poverty, his rise to living myth status in the annals of Brazilian and world soccer, and his post-playing career, which ended almost 40 years ago in 1977,  is a fascinating story.

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Friday, June 3,  2016 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment: Fernando Valenzuela

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35 years ago… before the internet, before social media, there was Fernandomania.   Fernando Valenzuela came from a small Mexican town in Sonora and captivated the “City of Angels” and the nation – becoming rookie of the year, pitcher of year and World Series champion in his first full season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981.   It wasn’t just a sports story – it was a human story of improbable implications and shared meanings between the United States and Mexico –  Valenzuela’s “eyes-toward-heaven” windup,  unhittable breaking balls and  his joy and competitive fire resonated with baseball fans and the public at large during that amazing year of  Fernandomania in 1981.  

This is the Spanish radio broadcast of Valenzuela facing the final batter in the ninth inning of Game 3 in the 1981 World Series and the incredible electricity in Dodger Stadium.  Begin at 4:00 minute mark:

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Highlight link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nCHa40iPiY

 

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 Friday, May 6,  2016 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment: Hugo Sanchez

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Mexico’s Hugo Sanchez was one of international soccer’s greatest players and goal-scorers in a career that spanned from 1976 – 1997,  Known for his athletic showmanship and his”Chilena” (bicycle kick)  <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPfK3SBuDCc&gt; due to his early gymnastics background, Sanchez inspired generations of soccer players though he was a controversial figure in his home country of Mexico for his outspoken demeanor as a player, coach and manager.

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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Homepage, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Friday, April 1,  2016 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Homepage Segment: Cuban-born baseball star Minnie Minoso

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As diplomatic relations thaw between the United States and Cuba, the sport of baseball serves as a common passion between both countries – a shared connection that goes back more than 150 years.   Cuban-born major league baseball players currently populate rosters in both leagues.  This legacy is owed in large part to the great Minnie Minoso, who broke into the major leagues in 1948 just one year after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier    A great hitter, swift on the base-paths and a fastidious fielder, Minoso played with a burning spirit in five different decades and blazed a path for countless subsequent Cuban-born major league baseball stars in the latter half of the 20th century and into the 21st century.

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