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And the Crowd Goes Wild: Relive the Most Celebrated Sporting Events Ever Broadcast (Book and 2 Audio CDs) Hardcover – December 15, 2000

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What baseball fan doesn't get goosebumps when hearing, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" Who--hockey fan or not--doesn't feel a little bit giddy whenever they hear Al Michaels shout, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" Who doesn't grin when they hear Univision sportscaster Andres Cantor demonstrate his lung capacity by bellowing, "Gooooaaaal!" And who can forget "The Play" in the Cal vs. Stanford game when the Bears came back to win in the final seconds--bowling over a trombone player in the process? From an admittedly scratchy recording of Babe Ruth's memorable World Series home run in 1932 to the dramatic penalty shootout win in the 1999 Women's World Cup, And the Crowd Goes Wild captures history's greatest sports calls.

The two CDs accompanying this collection feature 47 original sports calls, including Franco Harris making the "Immaculate Reception," Secretariat winning the Triple Crown, Lou Gehrig saying goodbye, Buster Douglas upsetting Mike Tyson, and Mark McGwire beating Roger Maris's single-season home run record. The book sets up each event with capsule explanations, accompanied by stock photographs. Narrated by Bob Costas, And the Crowd Goes Wild will entertain any sports fan. --Sunny Delaney

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Following in the footsteps of his own bestselling We Interrupt This Broadcast, radio veteran Garner has put together this gift-perfect compilation of 47 of the most memorable sporting events ever broadcast on radio or TV. This coffee-table-sized volume includes a foreword by Hank Aaron and an afterword by Wayne Gretzky. It also features two accompanying audio CDs that combine sturdy backstory narration of each event by Bob Costas with snippets of the original broadcast. From Babe Ruth's called shot in the 1932 World Series to the U.S. women's 1999 World Cup soccer victory, Garner's collection is a diverse sampling of the century's most significant sporting moments. The book itself benefits from a generous dose of outstanding photographs. The CD set is at once more compelling and more uneven than the text and photos. Some of the events--such as the showdown between Magic Johnson's Michigan State and Larry Bird's Indiana State in the 1979 NCAA basketball finals--were historically important but didn't have any defining, dramatic moments for a sportscaster to sink his teeth into. The best selections combine passionate announcing--Russ Hodges screaming, "The Giants win the pennant!" after Bobby Thomson's homer lifted the Giants over the Dodgers in 1951-- with an improbable outcome--like Billy Mills's miraculous run to victory in the 1964 Olympic 10,000 meters--to create a familiar tingle down the spine. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks MediaFusion (December 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570714606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570714603
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the finest sports books I've ever read. Mr's Garner and Costas nailed the essence of some of the most important "happenings" in sports. Even though I knew about all of these events, I haven't ever seen or heard them, all in one place before. I want my Grandchildren to know without the legacy of these tremendous athletes, the players we admire today might have never had someone to emulate. Think of The Babe and Henry Aaron giving Ken Griffey Jr. the drive to inspire, and someday putting his name along side theirs.
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This book and accompanying cd's are simply heaven...anyone old enough to remember or young enough to still feel magic will love this. I now have 6 christmas gifts for 6 people I normally find impossible to buy for. Absolutely perfect.
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By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I got chills listening to some of the greatest calls in Sports History. However, I was disappointed that icons like Vin Scully, Harry Caray and Ernie Harwell couldn't have made their way on to the list. Also, as big as the King-Riggs match was, Cosell should have been calling "Down Goes Frazier". However, the book and CDs are magical with what is included and are a must have for real sports fans.
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This book is fantastic. I loved reading and listening to so many phenomenal moments in sports. It was like being there all over again. I love it! I can't wait to buy copies for my friends and family for the holidays.
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By A Customer on November 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book and is rightfully on the Bestsellers list. Every sports fanatic should have one. It recalls some of the most memorable Sports moments in our times. A must to read and hear. The perfect gift for a loved one.
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By A Customer on December 24, 1999
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This book does a nice job of including a wide variety of sports and personalities from boxing to baseball to the women's world cup win. This book seems to have something for every fan. The photos throughout the book are fantastic. My problem with the book/cd is so much of the cd is taken up with Bob Costas yacking. One of the things that makes these moments so great is the fact that they happened out of the blue, or that they seemed to occur against all odds (snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, etc.) For most of the audio there is not much more than a couple seconds that leads into the broadcast exerpt. You get the exhileration of the moment but it doesn't mean nearly as much if you don't also get the minute or so prior to these clips, the utter sense of hopelessness that usually precedes 'the miracle finish'. In many of the tracks Costas is actually talking over the broadcast which is extremely annoying. I understand that some of the audio could be in extremely poor condition and that may have a great deal to do with the brevity for some tracks, but I would've taken the fuzzy, barely intelligible voice of a broadcaster watching it and describing it live as the story unfolded than Bob's summarization.
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By Brett on December 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thought the book and cd were great I am only 13 years old, so I have heard of most the stories but never heard the actual call. It is fun to listen to the call as you read and look at the great pictures. I definitely recomend getting this book.
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What a great collection of Sports History and TV and radio highlights. I wish that there was a video version of this book. I would buy that too!
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