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The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs Hardcover – September 1, 2012
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Thus far, we've read the US Women's soccer, Miracle on Ice, Secretariat, and David Tyree's catch. Each time, we've listened to the CD audio clip and then gone on to the computer and watched various videos/highlights of each event.
- My son now has ingrained in his head that the Preakness will always run around his birthday and is held in the city where a friend of his just moved to and he now wants to go to it! Tremendous.
- My son now understands that when a team is supposed to lose, but wins, it is called an UPSET. Priceless.
I highly recommend this book to any parent who enjoys bonding with their child (while educating him/her about some of the greatest sports moments, figures, and teams of all time.
Lastly, I am also purchasing a bunch to give to clients as holiday presents - nothing better than to give a gift that will keep on giving - and hopefully they'll think of me occassionally!
First, it will allow the budding sports enthusiast to read about some of the greatest feats in all of the sporting world. Baseball, football, tennis, hockey, basketball, Olympics, and more are covered in the volume. The information is far too general to appeal to the more seasoned sports fan, but for the beginner it is perfect.
Also, in order to grab those young imaginations even further, a CD is included that allows you to listen to some of the events actually taking place. About 10 of the events described in the book are on the CD in their original broadcast form, which brings the excitement to life just that much more.
Basically, if your young sports fan is already watching Sportscenter and reading history books, skip this effort because it is too simple/general. However, if the youngster is just beginning to tune into the magic of sports, you can't go wrong with "The Greatest Moments In Sports"!
* Michael Phelps ~ Follow him as he goes for the gold as he swims in the Olympics.
* Babe Ruth ~ Did he really call the shot in his last World Series game or was that simply a myth?
* The `69 Miracle Mets ~ Was the black cat that ambles onto the field good or bad luck for them in 1969?
* Hank Aaron ~ Hank was determined to hit home run number 715 and outdo the Babe. Read and listen about that day.
* Wayne Gretzky ~ Read about his record breaking backhanded goal and learn who his greatest hero was.
* Nadia Comaneci ~ Learn how the little girl doing cartwheels on the playground was discovered by Bela Karolyi. Did you ever hear of a "perfect 10?"
* Jesse Owens ~ Read about the young man who wasn't welcome on the local track team, but was a star at "Hitler's Olympics."
* Arthur Ashe ~ Discover a man who was not only one of the greatest tennis players ever, but was also a "truly special human being."
* Billy Jean and Bobbie ~ Find out about how a wild `n wacky guy challenged "the best female tennis player in the world."
* "The Greatest Game Ever Played" ~ An "imperfect game" can also be one of the greatest. You will find out why it made such an impact on American Sports.
* Super Bowl history ~ Read about an amazing game between the Giants and the patriots. Ever heard of "the Catch?"
* The Stanford Band Play ~ Read about one of the wackiest games ever in the history of football.
* Tiger Woods ~ At the age of 18 Tiger Woods became the "youngest ever to win the U.S. Amateur Championship. Learn even more about his amazing career.
* Cassius Clay ~ When most athletes were quiet, Cassius Clay was boasting, "I am the greatest!" Muhammad Ali, as Clay was later known, was determined to be a winner.
* Wilt Chamberlain ~ This record breaking basketball player has so many records it's hard to list them all, but how about the game when he scored 100 points?
* Michael Jordan ~ The player who "could do it all" stunned everyone when his last minute shot won a sixth NBA championship for him.
* Villanova Vs. Georgetown ~ Could an underdog team beat a bunch of bullies in the 1985 NCAA championship? They were good, but not all that good . . .
* Richard Petty ~ Very early one Richard received the nickname "the King." If you don't already know the obvious reason why the nickname, you'll soon find out.
* World Cup Soccer ~ Learn why Brandi Chastain "fell to her knees and did something the men soccer players do. She pulled off her shirt."
* Big Red ~ Secretariat wasn't a person, but probably one of the greatest athletes ever. Listen to Chick Anderson as Big Red was way ahead as he raced his way to winning the Triple Crown.
* Jackie Robinson ~ Learn how this "exceptional athlete" had to overcome a tremendous amount of racial discrimination and was still able to keep his head high.
* Roger Bannister ~ This amazing runner wasn't even able to train full time because he was studying to be a doctor. Could he break that four minute mile?
* Curse of the Bambino ~ It was said that when Babe Ruth, "The Bambino," was traded to the Yankees there was some sort of curse on Boston. Just how long would it last?
* The Immaculate Reception ~ The Pittsburgh Steelers weren't the luckiest team in the NFL by far. Oakland should have beaten them in that playoff game, but how the heck did Franco Harris ever get hold of that ball?
* The Miracle On Ice ~ Paid athletes weren't allowed in the Olympics so in 1980 United States hockey players were going up against the Soviets who "had some grizzled veterans of international hockey." Would they even have a remote chance of winning?
This amazing book will WOW sports fans of all ages. My favorite, hands down, was the absolutely crazy story, entitled "The Stanford Band Play." Just a hint . . . did you know there is a trombone in the College Football Hall of Fame? There is. There are numerous photographs and informative sidebar materials scattered throughout the book. The CD is an amazing compliment to this book. Berman narrates historical information about several particularly exciting sports moments and then you can hear the actual sports broadcasts. When both the broadcaster and the audience went wild with excitement when Hank Aaron hit home run number 715, I could actually feel the hair rise on my arms. This book is a bargain you won't regret picking up!
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