Buzzard Softball with the Cleveland Indians
Both teams were permitted ringers to round out the teams.
Belkin Productions brought in members of the artists their management division handled, including the Michael Stanley Band, the James Gang, Donnie Iris and the Cruisers, and Jonah Koslen and Breathless.
We brought ringers, too – especially in 1981.
That was the year Major League Baseball went on strike. We called up a few of our friends at the Cleveland Indians: Outfielder and DH “Super” Joe’ Charboneau, and pitchers Len Barker and Wayne Garland. We also brought in former wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns Paul Warfield – and to keep our rock and roll edge, we rounded off our ringers with Fee Waybill of the Tubes and Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics.
Charboneau had four home runs and Barker had three – and game ended with the WMMS Buzzards beating the Belkin All-Stars 28 to 8.
We haven’t been able to come up with the identities of the WKYC news crew – but that’s sports anchor Joe Castiglione on WJW. Two years after this broadcast, Castiglione joined the Boston Red Sox broadcast team – a position he’s held for twenty five years.