ABC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 19, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) Julius Erving's performance in basketball game between Philadelphia 76er's and Milwaukee reported; film shown courtesy CBS Sports. Lee Trevino's win of Tournament of Champions reported; film shown courtesy NBC Sports. Billy Martin's career, include current stint with Oakland A's, examined; owner Charlie Finley's reputation noted. A's improvement since Martin's arrival outlined; space shuttle Columbia and players Tony Armas and Ricky Henderson mentioned. Films shown courtesy ON-TV. ["Oakland Tribune" reporter Ralph WILEY - explains phrase "Billy ball."] [MARTIN -lists attributes of successful team.] Managerial changes occurring for A's along with incrd. attendance and game wins noted. [Roy EISENHARDT - describes Martin.] Martin's experience with George Steinbrenner and New York Yankees recalled. [MARTIN - says Yankees wore him out.] [Player Fred STANLEY - compares Martin now with his New York experience.] [Player Mike NORRIS - describes Martin.] [MARTIN - comments on manager's attributes.] [Fan Joan DOWNING - praise A's.] Downing noted Martin's mother. [WILEY -says A's don't need Martin anymore.] Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings reported playing longest game in baseball history; details given, films shown.
REPORTER: Dick Schaap (KGO film/tape) (WPRI film/tape)