May 11, 2011

Bob Uecker

Producer: Lisa Bennett

No one else in the history of sports broadcasting has done it quite like Bob Uecker, who was dubbed “Mr. Baseball” by Johnny Carson and guested on “The Tonight Show” nearly 100 times. Uecker also starred in the famous Miller Lite commercials of the ‘70s and ‘80s, famously spoofed himself in the “Major League” movies and was one of the headliners of a hit network sitcom (“Mr. Belvedere”). Today, despite two major heart surgeries last year, the effusive and modest radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers shows no sign of taking it easy. REAL SPORTS correspondent Bernard Goldberg goes one-on-one with the 76-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster as he navigates his 41st year in the booth.

The Other Side of a Rivalry

Producer: Maggie Burbank

The rivalry of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox is perhaps the bitterest in all of sports, but in a moment of tragedy they banded together like true comrades for someone in need. Last summer, Bridget Johnson, 11-year-old daughter of Red Sox first base coach Ron Johnson, was riding her horse, Rhonda, when they were struck by a car. The young girl’s left leg was severed and her horse had to be put down. The Red Sox immediately chipped in to help with the family’s mounting bills, and Ron Johnson’s longtime friend, Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long, led a charge inside the New York clubhouse by rallying players to raise money for Bridget’s care as well. In this REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated collaboration, correspondent Frank Deford learns more about the heart-wrenching event that changed the rivalry, if just for a moment.

Smokeless Tobacco

Producer: Tim Walker

Commonly referred to as “chaw,” chewing tobacco is one of the oldest ways to consume tobacco, which may be why it is grandfathered into the game of baseball. While Major League Baseball prohibits players from smoking or drinking alcohol on the field, they can use smokeless tobacco, and the habit is far from uncommon. But chewing tobacco is a known carcinogen that has been proven to cause different forms of oral cancer. REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel sets out to learn why this controversial custom is permitted, why so many players use when the risks are well documented, and how its popularity among the game’s elite affects the players of tomorrow.


Producers: Jill Klapper, Tim Walker

Donald Trump is no stranger to the headlines and certainly no stranger to controversy. In 2008, the high-flying New York tycoon embarked on a mission to build one of the greatest luxury golf resorts in the world – along with hundreds of homes and condos, plus a hotel and conference center – near the city of Aberdeen on the historic northeast coast of Scotland. The project sparked serious opposition from locals who felt the venture would spoil their pristine coastline, but Trump broke ground in July 2010. Now, the would-be Presidential candidate is looking forward to a grand opening. REAL SPORTS correspondent Bernard Goldberg reconnects with casino magnate extraordinaire and unveils his exquisite development across the Atlantic.

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