The U.S. Open Sores at Nassau Coliseum (1989)
Stern was just starting to become a nationally syndicated name when he decided to stage his biggest event yet. During an argument with producer Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate about who was the better tennis player, they decided to hold a public match to settle the debate. According to Dell'Abate's book They Call Me Baba Booey, they used their connection with concert promoter Ron Delsner to rent out Nassau Coliseum. Called the "U.S. Open Sores," the match sold out 16,000 seats in four hours. It was moderated by Wack Packer Elephant Boy, Stern's sidekick Robin Quivers and Grandpa Al Lewis of The Munsters. There were other guests, such as Sam Kinison, who performed "Wild Thing" with Leslie West. Dell'Abate won the first game – "A winner in tennis and a loser in life," one moderator said – before Stern caught up. After some extremely close games, Dell'Abate ultimately took the win. "The crowd started chanting, 'Gary sucks! Gary sucks,'" Dell'Abate recalled. "They had no idea how little I cared. That weekend was my moment."