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Friday, May 22nd, 2020
TIGER WOODS, PHIL MICKELSON, KIRK GIBSON, DEREK JETER & ’86 METS HEROICS HEADLINE NBC SPORTS FROM THE VAULT THIS WEEKEND
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson PGA TOUR Wins Along with Classic MLB World Series & Playoff Games and Ryder Cup Comebacks Featured Tonight-Sunday on NBCSN
Orel Hershiser, Ron Darling, Justin Leonard, Jim “Bones” Mackay and Ian Poulter Interviews Spotlighted Throughout Enhanced Broadcasts
NBC Sports’ Ahmed Fareed and Dan Hicks to Anchor Weekend Coverage
20+ Hours of Historic Sports Moments from MLB, PGA TOUR and Ryder Cup Classics Throughout Weekend
Content to Stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 22, 2020 – Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit walk-off home run and Bill Buckner’s costly error in the World Series (Game 1 in 1988 and Game 6 in 1986, respectively) along with the “Jeffrey Maier game” in Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series headlines NBC Sports From the Vault tonight on NBCSN, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
Saturday features the United States’ come-from-behind victory at the 1999 Ryder Cup, known as the “Battle of Brookline” and Phil Mickelson’s comeback victory in the 1997 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Tiger Woods’ victory at THE PLAYERS in 2013 and the memorable conclusion to the 2012 Ryder Cup spotlights Sunday’s programming on NBCSN.
Former athletes that will be interviewed throughout the weekend’s 20+ hours of enhanced broadcasts include:
- Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and 1988 World Series MVP Orel Hershiser
- Former New York Mets pitcher and 1986 World Series Games 1, 4 and 7 starting pitcher Ron Darling
- GOLF Channel analyst and 12-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Leonard
- NBC Sports on-course reporter and former PGA TOUR caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay
- Six-time European Ryder Cup team member Ian Poulter
NBC Sports host and reporter Ahmed Fareed hosts coverage tonight, while GOLF Channel and NBC Sports play-by-play host Dan Hicks will introduce Saturday and Sunday’s golf coverage. Game presentations will include a specialized ticker featuring live tweets. Fans can tweet #NBCSNVault for the chance to see their tweets live on air.
Below is each night’s highlighted content throughout the weekend:
- Tonight, Friday, May 22: MLB Classics
- Saturday, May 23: PGA TOUR (Arnold Palmer Invitational) and Ryder Cup
- Sunday, May 24: PGA TOUR (THE PLAYERS Championship) and Ryder Cup
Programming will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
TONIGHT, FRIDAY, MAY 22 – MLB CLASSICS
|Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (1988 World Series, Game 1)||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Boston Red Sox vs. New York Mets (1986 World Series, Game 6)||9:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees (1996 ALCS, Game 1)||Midnight||NBCSN|
ATHLETICS-DODGERS (1988 WORLD SERIES, GAME 1) AT 7 P.M. ET
MLB Classics begins tonight with Game 1 of the 1988 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics. Behind right fielder Jose Canseco’s 2nd inning grand slam, the A’s took a 4-3 lead into the ninth inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson, who could barely walk due to injuries suffered during the National League Championship Series, hit a pinch-hit, two-run walk-off home run against future Hall of Famer and A’s closer Dennis Eckersley to give the Dodgers a 5-4 win.
The game averaged 30.3 million viewers, the second-most watched World Series Game 1 on record since 1987.
Vin Scully (play-by-play) and Joe Garagiola (analyst) called Game 1 from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Scully discussed his historic call on Gibson’s home run here on NBC Sports’ History website. The Dodgers series victory marked the last World Series that legendary broadcasting team Scully and Garagiola would call together on television.
During the broadcast, Ahmed Fareed speaks with former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and the eventual MVP of the 1988 World Series Orel Hershiser.
RED SOX-METS (1986 WORLD SERIES, GAME 6) AT 9:30 P.M. ET
Boston held a 3-2 series lead over the Mets heading into Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The matchup went into extra innings tied 3-3, before the Red Sox scored two runs in the 10th inning. In the bottom half of the inning, the Mets down to their final out, hit three consecutive singles with catcher Gary Carter scoring a run. Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson was up next and, after a wild pitch scored another run, Wilson hit a ground ball to Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, who misplayed the ball allowing the Mets to score the winning run, for a 6-5 victory. In Game 7, the Mets went on to win their second World Series and first in 17 years.
Former New York Mets pitcher and 1986 World Series Games 1, 4 and 7 starting pitcher Ron Darling discusses his memories of the World Series with Ahmed Fareed throughout the broadcast.
Vin Scully (play-by-play) and Joe Garagiola (analyst) called Game 6 of the 1986 World Series from Shea Stadium in Flushing, N.Y.
ORIOLES-YANKEES (1996 AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES, GAME 1) AT MIDNIGHT
Tonight’s nightcap features the opening game of the 1996 ALCS between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. Behind three runs and an RBI from first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, the Orioles led 4-3 going into the eighth inning. The eighth featured a controversial play, when 12-year-old Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier famously reached out from the right field bleachers and caught a Derek Jeter fly ball, which was ruled a home run, to tie the game at four. Behind two scoreless innings from closer Mariano Rivera and a walk-off home run from center fielder Bernie Williams, the Yankees won 5-4 in 11 innings. New York went on to win the ALCS and the World Series in 1996, the first of four World Series titles in five years.
Bob Costas (play-by-play), Joe Morgan (analyst) and Bob Uecker (analyst) called the ALCS Game 1 action from Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N.Y.
SATURDAY, MAY 23 – 1999 RYDER CUP AND 1997 ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL
NBC Sports From the Vault’s golf coverage features back-to-back tournament comeback victories by the United States in the 1999 Ryder Cup and Phil Mickelson at the 1997 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. NBC Sports play-by-play host Dan Hicks will introduce Saturday’s golf coverage.
|1999 Ryder Cup||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|1997 Arnold Palmer Invitational||1 a.m.||NBCSN|
1999 RYDER CUP “BATTLE OF BROOKLINE” AT 8 P.M. ET
Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET as the U.S. pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in golf history during the 1999 Ryder Cup at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., known as the “Battle of Brookline.” With the U.S. down 10-6 heading into the Sunday singles matches, U.S. team captain Ben Crenshaw famously told the on-site media “I’m a big believer in fate. I have a good feeling about this.” Catapulted by the U.S. winning their first six matches, Justin Leonard clinched the team’s comeback victory with a 45-foot putt on the 17th hole to halve his match with Jose Maria Olazabal. The 1999 Ryder Cup stands as the most-watched telecast on record (1991-2018) with over 6.9 million average viewers.
Broadcast Team: Dick Enberg (play-by-play), Johnny Miller (lead analyst), Dan Hicks (tower announcer), Gary Koch (on-course reporter), Mark Rolfing (on-course reporter), Roger Maltbie (on-course reporter), John Schroeder (on-course reporter) and Jim Gray (interviews).
Leonard, now an analyst for GOLF Channel, will join Dan Hicks for play-by-play commentary and analysis during NBCSN’s encore coverage, recalling his moment of glory more than two decades ago.
1997 ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL AT 1 A.M. ET
Coverage continues at 1 a.m. ET with the 1997 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, where Phil Mickelson turned in a 7-under par 65 for a dramatic come-from-behind victory. Three strokes behind with eight holes to play during Sunday’s final round, Mickelson made a 40-foot eagle putt on the par-5 12th – the only eagle of the week on the hole – en route to a back-nine 30 and a three-stroke win over Stuart Appleby. The victory was Mickelson’s 10th career PGA TOUR win.
Mickelson’s former caddie and current NBC Sports on-course reporter Jim “Bones” Mackay will join Dan Hicks during NBCSN’s telecast to provide insight and commentary on Mickelson’s comeback win.
SUNDAY, MAY 24 – 2012 RYDER CUP AND 2013 PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
NBC Sports From the Vault’s second week of coverage concludes with Europe’s comeback at the 2012 Ryder Cup, known as the “Miracle at Medinah,” followed by Tiger Woods’ victory at the 2013 PLAYERS Championship. Dan Hicks will introduce the final night of NBC Sports From the Vault.
|2012 Ryder Cup||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|2013 PLAYERS Championship||1 a.m.||NBCSN|
2012 RYDER CUP “MIRACLE AT MEDINAH” AT 8 P.M. ET
The 2012 Ryder Cup, contested at Medinah Country Club outside of Chicago, featured one of golf’s best comebacks of all time, dubbed the “Miracle at Medinah” by the European media covering the event. With the United States leading 10-6 at the start of the final day of singles matches, they needed 4½ points to win; Europe needed 8 points to retain the cup and 8½ to win outright. Led by Ryder Cup veteran Ian Poulter, Europe won the first five matches and eight overall, halving the final match to retain the Cup.
Broadcast Team: Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Johnny Miller (lead analyst), Gary Koch (tower announcer), Peter Jacobsen (tower announcer), Roger Maltbie (on-course reporter), Dottie Pepper (on-course reporter) and Mark Rolfing (on-course reporter).
2013 PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP AT 1 A.M. ET
From TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course, THE PLAYERS Championship in 2013 saw Tiger Woods shoot a final-round 70 to claim his second PLAYERS title and 78th career win on the PGA TOUR. With a rain delay forcing the conclusion of the third round Sunday morning, the leaderboard heading into the final round featured a three-way tie for the lead between Sergio Garcia, David Lingmerth and Woods.
The back and forth Sunday came to a head at the famous par-3 17th. Garcia birdied the 16th to move into a tie for the lead with Woods, who was playing one group ahead and had just made par on 17. Garcia, with a pitching wedge, hit his tee shot into the water, short of the green. His third shot, also with a pitching wedge, hit the edge of the island green and bounced back into the water. Garcia would end up making a quadruple bogey, followed by a double bogey on 18 to finish six shots back. Woods would end up winning his second PLAYERS Championship by two shots, in his 300th PGA TOUR start.
Broadcast Team: Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Johnny Miller (lead analyst), Gary Koch (tower announcer), Peter Jacobsen (tower announcer), Notah Begay (on-course reporter), Roger Maltbie (on-course reporter), Mark Rolfing (on-course reporter), Steve Sands (interviews) and Kelly Tilghman (host).