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Miracles, shockers, & long shots : the greatest sports upsets of all time

by Wilner, Barry.

Format: Print Book 2006
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Northland Public Library Nonfiction 796.09 W68
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  796.09 W68
 
 
Summary
From fond memory or through the film Miracle, most Americans know about the stunning upset of the Soviet Union by the underdog U.S.A hockey team at the 1980 Olympics--engagingly retold in this book--but after this most unlikely of achievements, what do the authors consider to be the top twenty sports upsets of all time? Their answers in this entertaining volume will surprise some, perhaps appear obvious to others, but will no doubt prove to be fodder for bar-room arguments and spirited debate over sports talk radio. Ranking the miracle at Lake Placid in 1980 as the hands-down, undisputed greatest sports upset ever, the authors go on to describe nineteen others whose ranking may prove to be more controversial. Which team was the most improbable World Series winner--the 1969 New York Mets or the 1914 Boston Braves? What was the sport of boxing's greatest upset--Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson in Tokyo in 1990, or Cassius Clay (Mohammad Ali) over Sonny Liston in 1964? How surprising was Billy Mills' 1964 Olympic marathon win? Or seventeen-year-old Michael Chang's triumph at the French Open in 1989? The authors make their case for each of these "miracles, shockers, and upsets" in convincing style, and also include sidebars on upsets that didn't "make the cut" but still qualify as compelling stories, such as "Cinderella Man" James Braddock and the 1950 World Cup shocker that was the subject of the film "The Greatest Game Ever Played."
Contents
Miracle on ice
Sidebar: 1950 World Cup shocker
The guarantee
The miracle Braves
Busted in Tokyo
Sidebar: Cinderella man
Ambushing the Cadets
The amazin' Mets
Rulon rules
Upset by upset
Shaking down the thunder
Downing Dixie
Billy Mills, the Lakota legend
Ruining the Bruins
Don't ever give up
Sidebar: Virginia's Hawaiian horror show
The near-perfect upset
Sidebar: Duke does in Rebels
Orville's open
Sidebar : Fleck's open surprise
Waltrip's great American upset : triumph and tragedy at Daytona
Chang takes Paris by storm
The greatest subdues the bear
Faster than a speeding bullet
New England's Super Bowl stunner.

Additional Information
Subjects Sports upsets.
Sports -- History.
Publisher Lanham :Taylor Trade Pub.,2006
Edition 1st Taylor Trade Pub. ed.
Contributors Rappoport, Ken.
Language English
Description viii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 1589793110 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781589793118 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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