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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Original edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602396787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602396784
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elliott Kalb has been the Editorial Director of MLB Network since its inception in 2009. Previously, Kalb was known for his broadcast work with NBC Sports, HBO Sports, TNT, and CBS-Westwood One Radio Network. He is an eight-time Sports Emmy winner, including a 2009 victory for producing baseball for NBC from the Beijing Olympics. Kalb wrote columns for foxsports.com for three years, and is the author of three previous books, including Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Baseball? Kalb lives in northern New Jersey with his wife Amy and his children. Mark Weinstein is a book editor and writer specializing in sports. He lives with his wife in New York City.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By invisible lasso on August 26, 2009
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Awesome. One of the best books on sports I've read in years. Kalb and Weinstein take you through some of the biggest moments in sports that you've always wondered about and manage to introduce you to some conspiracy scenarios that you never knew about before. The writing style is fun, yet authoritative and leaves you thinking, "Wow, could that really have happened that way?" The chapters on the Patriots and UNLV/Duke are particularly outstanding. I highly recommend this to both conspiracy nuts and sports nuts alike. It's also a great read for lovers of truth and non-fiction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on July 28, 2012
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As a sports fan who loves a good debate, I was interested to see which controversies over the years would Mr. Kolb include in the top 30. Any listing of "the greatest..." will make people say something not on the list should be included (how could the goal that won the 1999 Stanley Cup for the Dallas Stars not be on this list?) but what makes a book like this good or bad is the research behind WHY something should be included.

That is what sets this book apart...the research, especially for older conspiracies such as the 1946 NFL Championship game or the reason why Shoeless Joe Jackson is not in the baseball Hall Of Fame, is well done. That leaves room for doubt or debate, but both sides of each argument are presented, then Mr.Kolb gives.his opinion and why. I didn't agree with them all but it made for great reading, discussions with friends, and even with my wife, who is not much of a sports fan but did enjoy reading about the NBA and MLB keeping black players out of the leagues for so long. Great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toadkiller Dawg on October 17, 2013
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Despite a promising topic, the book disappointed me on several counts.

The book doesn't start well with the first three chapters a real yawner, opening with collusion in baseball and the color line in pro baseball and basketball. Not only are those episodes fairly well-known to most sports fans today, but both were pretty obvious at the time (collusion) or a not so open secret to everyone (color line). So getting to the end of the chapter where the author announces them as true is more than a little anticlimactic.

No opinion at all is expressed on several of the allegations and some chapters actually cover multiple controversies that are only given a cursory treatment. Many conspiracies are accepted or dismissed with little more than superfical evidence. The author fails to use statistical evidence effectively, quoting such imprecise measures as pitcher win-loss records, for example, or fallacious HOF arguments ("player A had more rebounds than player B, player B is in the HOF, therefore player A should be too"). As a TV stats guy, that he doesn't know any better really damages his credibility. A heavy personal agenda shows up in the chapters on Joe Jackson and Pete Vecsey. Most of you are probably wondering who Vecsey was, which speaks volumes about the value of devoting a chapter to him. While Jackson is rewarded with a full chapter of excuses, the 1919 Black Sox scandal is only mentioned in passing, which is the tail wagging the dog to me.

The plodding writing style doesn't help. Several chapters contain lengthy interviews, transcribed verbatim in what is lazy writing at its worst.
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By Kevin on February 5, 2013
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If you love sports, mysteries, or consiracies, or controversies you will enjoy reading this book. I was aware of some of these, but gained new knowledge of these possible conpiracies by reading this book.
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By Tyler E Doll on January 22, 2013
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This book is for any type of sports genius.tells lots of surprises especially about new England patriots is very informative
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By Thomas W. Elman on December 21, 2014
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Good stories.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meesh on December 11, 2012
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As a professor of sport management it's always good to find new things to keep students engaged. So, to be able to speak about sports scandals keeps my students interested and engaged.
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