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Friday Flashbacks: Beloved Barry Bonds Breaks Home Run Record, The Manson Tate Murders, and Barry Switzer's Packing

The dog days of summer are upon the Friday Flashbacks, and it’s a slow period right before football kicks in. Nevertheless, we plow ahead to dig deep into the archives for random news in years past.

Actress Sharon Tate and four others slain in ritualistic fashion (1969) . . . Bears defensive back Maurice Douglass works as a male stripper in offseason (1987) . . . The Boz’s book causes a stir (1988) . . . 12 year old boy finds out his cancer is terminal from Keith Jackson on national broadcast; parents sue (1978) . . . Korey Stringer’s death was a shock (2001) . . . Steve Garvey sues Inside Sports magazine for article about his marriage (1980) . . . Falcons fine Deion Sanders for being late to camp after baseball, and a fishing trip (1991) . . . Arli$$ debuts (1996) . . .

Barry Bonds is the new home run king (2007) . . . Sugar Ray Leonard hit with paternity suit while at the Olympics (1976) . . . Team USA not looking good: barely beats Germany, loses to Italy (2004) . . . Mickey Mantle leads Roger Maris in the chase for Ruth’s record (1961) . . . Several Royals players are part of a cocaine investigation (1983) . . . George Steinbrenner must surrender control of the Yankees (1990) . . . Joe Namath injures knee while trying to make tackle in a preseason game (1971) . . . In the first ever AFL-NFL preseason matchup, the Denver Broncos stun the Lions (1967) . . . Umpires in the Texas League can no longer eject mascots (1995) . . .

Barry Switzer caught with gun in his handbag at airport (1997) . . . Music Television (1981) . . . A golf club controversy forces British Open champ Tom Watson to use a new set at the PGA Championship (1978) . . . Was it just a decade ago that Schilling left Philadelphia to play for a winner in Arizona? (2000) . . . Ted Williams fined for gesture of spitting toward crowd (1956) . . . ABC’s coverage of the Olympics criticized for being too pro-American (1984) . . . Bryan Fortay sues Miami for not making him a starter as he claims was promised (1993) . . . Lebron makes pro debut (this link inserted for gratuitous SEO reasons) (1974) . . . Former sportswriter Ronald Reagan plays movie athlete (1939) . . . Frank DeFord on exhibition sports after Tiger Woods vs. David Duval (1999).

[photo via Getty]

 

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