MTV Rock N' Jock

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MTV Rock N' Jock
Created by Patrick Byrnes
Starring Steve Albert, Ken Ober, Dan Cortese, Bill Bellamy, Chris Connelly
Country of origin United States
Production
Running time 60 - 90 minutes
Release
Original network MTV
Original release April 1, 1990[1]

MTV Rock N' Jock was a television series on MTV featuring actors, musicians, and other entertainers playing sports with professional athletes. The original episode was called The MTV Rock N' Jock Diamond Derby, and was changed to MTV's Rock N' Jock Softball Challenge, in year 2. The concept expanded to include basketball in 1991, football in 1997[2][3] and bowling in 1999[4] The game was an annual feature (with multiple reruns of most episodes) for many years on MTV.[5][6]

The original announcers were professional sportscaster, Steve Albert[7] and comedian Ken Ober who provided color commentary.[8] Bill Bellamy[9] and MTV Sports host Dan Cortese initially participated as players and then as coaches in later years.

The fourth annual Rock N' Jock B-Ball Jam was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show in 1995, losing to Jeopardy!.

Partial list of shows[edit]

MTV's First Annual Rock N' Jock Diamond Derby (1990)[10]

Aardvarks:
Eddie Murray (1B) Baseball Player, Baltimore Orioles, 2003 Hall of Fame
Bret Michaels (2B) Musician, Poison
Barry Larkin (SS) Baseball Player, Cincinnati Reds, 2012 Hall of Fame
Corbin Bernsen (3B) Actor, Major League
Mark McGwire (RF) Baseball Player, Oakland A's
Belinda Carlisle (RCF) Musician, The Go-Go's
Howard Johnson (LCF) Baseball Player, NY Mets
MC Hammer (LF) Musician, 3x Grammy Award winner
Tom Petersson Musician, Cheap Trick bass player
Roger McDowell (P) Baseball Player, 1986 World Series Champion
Lou Gramm (DH) Musician, Foreigner, 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame
David Faustino Actor, Married With Children
Brian Robbins Actor, Head of The Class
Keanu Reeves Actor, The Matrix
Pam Wright Contest winner
Salamanders:
Wally Joyner (1B), Baseball Player, California Angels, All-Star
Tone Loc (2B), Musician, Funky Cold Medina'
Shawon Dunston (SS), Baseball Player, Chicago Cubs, 2x All-Star
Kevin Costner (3B) Actor, 2x Academy Award winner
Darryl Strawberry (RF) Baseball Player, 1986 World Series Champion
Kip Winger (RCF) Musician
Rafael Palmeiro (LCF) Baseball Player, Texas Rangers
Steven Adler (LF) Musician, Guns N' Roses drummer, Rock N Roll Hall of Fame 2012
Bruce Hornsby (C) Musician, 3x Grammy Award winner
Mark Langston (P) Baseball Player, California Angels, 4x All-Star
Robert Wuhl Actor, Arliss
Holly Robinson Peete Actor
Robin Zander Musician, Cheap Trick
Mike Lookinland Actor, Brady Bunch
Rick Caraballo Contest winner

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MTV's First Annual Rock N' Jock B-Ball Jam (1991)

  • Location: Gersten Pavilion, Loyola Marymount University, CA
  • Date: Sunday, September 15, 1991

MTV's Second Annual Rock N' Jock Softball Challenge (1991)

  • Location: Dedeaux Field, USC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Date: Saturday, January 12, 1991

MTV's Second Annual Rock N' Jock B-Ball Jam (1992)

MTV's Third Annual Rock N' Jock Softball Challenge (1992)

MTV's Third Annual Rock N' Jock B-Ball Jam (1993)

MTV's Fourth Annual Rock N' Jock Softball Challenge (1994)

Homeboys:
Corbin Bernsen (#7, SS), Actor
Chuck D (#1, LF), Musician, Public Enemy
Ken Griffey, Jr. (#24, LCF), Baseball Player
Jose Canseco (#33, 1B), Baseball Player
Jon Bon Jovi (#5, 2B), Musician, Bon Jovi
Gary Sheffield (#10, 3B), Baseball Player
Treach (#118, C), Musician, Naughty By Nature
Brady Anderson (#9, RF), Baseball Player
Scott Ian (#15, RCF), Musician, Anthrax
Dwight Gooden (#16, P), Baseball Player
David Bryan (#11, 1B), Musician, Bon Jovi
Richie Sambora (#3, OF), Musician, Bon Jovi
Flavor Flav (#911, RF/P), Musician, Public Enemy
Awayboys:
Dan Cortese (#00, SS), MTV Host
Bret Michaels (#58, C), Musician, Poison
David Justice (#23, RF), Baseball Player
Michael Richards (#8, LF), Actor, Seinfeld
Frank Thomas (see Frank Thomas (designated hitter)) (#35, 1B), Baseball Player
Barry Bonds (#25, LCF), Baseball Player
Dweezil Zappa (#22, RCF), Musician
Robin Ventura (#23, 3B) Baseball Player
Salt (Cheryl James) (#54, 2B), Musician, Salt-n-Pepa
Pepa (Sandy Denton) (#68, 2B), Musician, Salt-n-Pepa
Spin (Deidre Roper, see DJ Spinderella) (#7, 2B), Musician, Salt-n-Pepa
Roger McDowell (#31, P), Baseball Player
Billy Ragsdale (see William Ragsdale) (#5, IF/OF), Actor

MTV's Fourth Annual Rock N' Jock B-Ball Jam (1994)

  • Team names: Violators, Bricklayers
  • Team coaches: Bill Bellamy (Violators), Dan Cortese (Bricklayers)

MTV's Fifth Annual Rock n' Jock Softball Challenge (1994)

  • Location: Blair Field, Long Beach, CA
  • Date: Saturday, January 15, 1994
  • Team names: Homeboys, Awayboys
  • Team coaches: Norman Fell (Homeboys), Tom Arnold (Awayboys)

MTV's Fifth Annual Rock N' Jock B-Ball Jam (1995)

  • Team names: Violators, Bricklayers
  • Team coaches: Bill Bellamy (Violators), Dan Cortese (Bricklayers)

MTV's Sixth Annual Rock N' Jock Softball Challenge (1995)

  • Team names: Homeboys, Awayboys
  • Team coaches: Dan Cortese (Homeboys), Bill Bellamy (Awayboys)

MTV's Seventh Annual Rock N' Jock Softball Challenge (1996)

MTV's Sixth Annual Rock N' Jock B-Ball Jam (1996)

  • Team names: Violators, Bricklayers
  • Team coaches: Bill Bellamy (Violators), Dean Cain (Bricklayers)

MTV's Eighth Annual Rock N' Jock Softball Challenge (1997)

MTV's Seventh Annual Rock N' Jock B-Ball Jam (1997)

  • Team names: Violators, Bricklayers
  • Team coaches: Shaquille O'Neal (Violators), Bill Walton (Bricklayers)

MTV's Rock N' Jock Super Bowl II (1998)

MTV's Tenth Annual Rock N' Jock Softball Challenge (1999)

MTV Rock N' Jock Bowling (2000)

MTV Rock N' Jock Basebrawl (2001)

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