the Crowd Goes Wild
SPORTS BOOK REVIEW
the time of year when sports fans are in reading heaven, with Web sites
and stores loaded with all types of new sports books. There are literally
dozens to choose from. With apologies to the rest, here is a look at some
of the best.
the Crowd Goes Wild by Joe Garner (Sourcebooks, Inc., $49.95) is more
than just a sports book. This is a terrific package that includes two
audio CDs narrated by Bob Costas and inspirational, exciting and poignant
playbacks of 47 of the most celebrated sporting events ever broadcast.
book's foreword is by Hank Aaron, its after-word by Wayne Gretzky and in
between we are there with the great Babe Ruth calling his shot on October
1, 1932 up to the U.S. women's soccer team winning the World Cup on July
10, 1999. This book that belongs at the top of your "must have, must
From Total/Sports Illustrated publishers, 20th
Century Sports—Images of Greatness by Mike Meserole ($26.95) is a
trade paperback feast for the eyes of any and all sports fans.
on words but long on visual images, the book takes you through the decades
and gives up-close and striking looks at groundbreaking times in sports
history. Using rare and evocative photographs from photo archives
including Sports Illustrated's,
the book, as the author describes it, "is a family album of the
twentieth century, the great extended family of sports."
Sports Century, edited by Michael MacCambridge (Hyperion, $40) offers
reference, nostalgia, time machine and entertainment all in one. It
presents a decade-by-decade look at the century's highlights of sports and
culture in lavish color and appealing black and white images.
the images are fantastic, some of the hype-prose could certainly be toned
down. For example, this passage from the book's segment on the 1960s,
"Caught in the quagmire of a feudal war abroad and fulfilled promise
at home, the nation spent the decade in a schizophrenic spasm of pleasure
and revulsion," lays it on a little thick.
football fans should check out Best
Shots (DK Publishing, $30). The book showcases the greatest National
Football League photography of the century. You'll witness 80 seasons of
NFL action, including Randall Cunningham flying to victory over the New
York Giants, Joe Montana in solitude before Super Bowl XXIII, Giants
quarterback Y.A. Tittle's look of disbelief after a crushing defeat and
Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway exultant in triumph after Super Bowl
XXXIII. It's a book filled with defining moments.
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