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And the crowd goes wild : relive the most celebrated sporting events ever broadcast
Garner, Joe.
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Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks, [1999]

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xi, 179 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm + 2 audio discs (4 3/4 in.)
[Disc 1]. Introduction -- Babe Ruth calls his shot -- Jesse Owens wins four gold medals -- Joe Louis knocks out Max Schmeling -- Lou Gehrig says good-bye -- Bobby Thomson Hits "shot heard 'round the world" -- Don Larsen throws World Series Perfect game -- "The greatest game ever played": Colts vs. Giants -- Wilma Rudolph Sprints to Olympic gold -- Ted Williams finishes career with home run -- Bill Mazeroski home run wins World Series -- Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points -- Billy Mills Wins 10,000-meter gold -- Havlicek Steal clinches Celtics victory --

[Disc 2]. Henry Aaron breaks home run record -- Muhammad Ali: three-time heavyweight champion -- Carlton Fisk waves World Series home run fair -- Nadia Comaneci scores a perfect 10 -- Johnson vs. Bird in the NCAA championship -- U.S. hockey team defeats Soviet Union -- Bjorn Borg defeats John McEnroe at Wimbledon -- "The Catch": 49ers vs. Cowboys -- Gordon Johncock wins 1982 Indianapolis 500 -- "The play": Cal vs. Stanford -- North Carolina State upsets Houston -- Richard Petty wins 200th career race -- Boston College beats Miami on Hail Mary pass -- Jack Nicklaus wins Masters at age 46 -- Dodgers win on Kirk Gibson home run -- Buster Douglas upsets Mike Tyson -- Carl Lewis anchors U.S. Olympic victory -- Wayne Gretzky captures NHL scoring mark -- New York Rangers win Stanley Cup -- Tiger Woods wins Masters -- Michael Jordan wins Sixth NBA championship -- France wins World Cup on home soil -- Mark McGwire smashes home run record -- U.S. women win World Cup soccer.
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Relive the greatest broadcast moments in sports, in words and two audio CDs.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Assembled by Garner (We Interrupt This Broadcast), this book-and-CD set, is an excellent concept. The text and plentiful photographs in the book provide background for the broadcast calls presented on the two CDs of celebrated sports events, from Babe Ruth's "called" shot to Brandi Chastain's winning penalty kick. Each call on the CDs is further set up by announcer Bob Costas's narration. The execution, however, raises questions. The selections themselves are idiosyncraticÄwhy include obscurities like Billy Mills's Olympic gold medal, for instanceÄand heavily weighted toward recent times (85 percent of the events are post-1960, 60 percent are post-1970). More troubling is that some events are more conducive to short clips than others. There is no climactic moment to relive in the Jets' upset win in Super Bowl III, so the clip is of little interest although the event was certainly noteworthy. Furthermore, not all the broadcasters are equally compelling, so some clips of exciting finishes are fairly dry. Finally, it would have been nice if the narration and the calls had been arranged on separate tracks because when going back for a second time, a listener might want to skip Costas's fine narration and just listen to the original call. Despite these caveats, the concept is unique enough to recommend this book for all general sports collections.ÄJohn M. Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



from the Introduction

In the history of sports, there are a few events that are legendary, identifiable by a simple two- or three-word phrase or even a single number: "The Called Shot," "The Catch," "The Hail Mary," "The Immaculate Reception" and "Number 715." Just mention these to any sports fan worth their TV remote and subscription to Sports Illustrated and they know where they were when they saw it or heard about it.

This book and CD compilation is a collection of magical moments from this hallowed category of events. They are spine-tingling outcomes: the buzzer beaters, the last-second goals, the stunning upsets, the come-from-behind victories. Moreover, this collection tells the stories behind them. These are moments that we hold in such regard and remember with such clarity, it's as if they happened only yesterday....

This book is also a tribute to the sportscasters, the play-by-play guys, the storytellers in the booth who give voice to our exhilaration in victory and to our disappointment in defeat. It may be my broadcasting background, but I believe that a large part of why we remember these extraordinary athletic moments is due to the way we heard them. These talented broadcasters have provided a dramatic soundtrack to the moments we hold in almost magical regard.

Who can separate the memory of Bobby Thomson's miraculous "Shot Heard 'Round the World" from the genuine, raw excitement of Russ Hodges' lyrical anthem, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" It was perfection in its honest emotion and complete spontaneity.

Not even Oscar-winning composer John Williams' stirring Olympic Fanfare and Theme could underscore the stunning victory of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team at Lake Placid as well as the passionate voice of Al Michaels shouting, "Do you believe in miracles?! Yes!"

On December 20, 1980, the NBC television network opted to broadcast a Jets-Dolphins game without the benefit of announcers. The experiment failed. The network realized what the fans already knew--the announcers were invaluable. They painted pictures in our minds when radio was king, and on television, they articulate our shared emotions as we watch extraordinary moments unfold before our eyes.

It has become popular these days to rank the greatest athletes or the greatest athletic moments. My goal with this book was simply to provide you with a scrapbook of memories of some of the most remarkable events in sports, told in stories, pictures and sound, just the way you remember them. Where they rank and how they measure up is for you to decide.

I admit that within the first minute of starting this book, one thing became glaringly apparent. I was only going to be able to scratch the surface in terms of the events included, and I apologize if I have omitted your favorite moment.

Without exception, though, these events have stood the test of time. I promise you more than a few exciting moments and I hope you enjoy reliving them all over again--or for the very first time.
Excerpted from And the Crowd Goes Wild: Relive the Most Celebrated Sporting Events Ever Broadcast by Joe Garner All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Hank AaronWayne Gretzky
Introductionp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Babe Ruth Calls His Shot (October 1, 1932)p. 2
Jesse Owens Wins Four Gold Medals (August 9, 1936)p. 6
Joe Louis Knocks Out Max Schmeling (June 22, 1938)p. 10
Lou Gehrig Says Good-bye (July 4, 1939)p. 14
Bobby Thomson Hits "Shot Heard 'Round the World' (October 3, 1951)p. 18
Don Larsen Throws World Series Perfect Game (October 8, 1956)p. 22
"The Greatest Game Ever Played": Colts vs. Giants (December 28, 1958)p. 26
Wilma Rudolph Sprints to Olympic Gold (September 8, 1960)p. 28
Ted Williams Finishes Career with Home Run (September 28, 1960)p. 32
Bill Mazeroski Home Run Wins World Series (October 13, 1960)p. 36
Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points (March 2, 1962)p. 40
(October 14, 1964) Billy Mills Wins 10,000-Meter Gold )p. 42
Havlicek Steal Clinches Celtics Victory (April 15, 1965)p. 44
Green Bay Packers Win "Ice Bowl" (December 31, 1967)p. 46
Bob Beamon Soars to Long Jump Record (October 18, 1968)p. 50
Joe Namath and Underdog Jets Win Super Bowl III (January 12, 1969)p. 52
Miracle Mets Win World Series (October 16, 1969)p. 56
Willis Reed Leads Knicks to Victory (May 8, 1970)p. 60
Mark Spitz Wins Record Seven Gold Medals (September 4, 1972)p. 62
Olympic Basketball Team Upset by Soviets (September 9, 1972)p. 66
"The Immaculate Reception": Steelers vs. Raiders (December 23, 1972)p. 70
Secretariat Wins Triple Crown (June 9, 1973)p. 72
Billie Jean King Wins "Battle of the Sexes" (September 20, 1973)p. 76
Henry Aaron Breaks Home Run Record (April 8, 1974)p. 80
Muhammad Ali: Three-Time Heavyweight Champion (October 1, 1975)p. 84
Carlton Fisk Waves World Series Home Run Fair (October 21, 1975)p. 90
Nadia Comaneci Scores a Perfect 10 (July 18, 1976)p. 94
Johnson vs. Bird in the NCAA Championship (March 26, 1979)p. 98
U.S. Hockey Team Defeats Soviet Union (February 22, 1980)p. 102
Bjorn Borg Defeats John McEnroe at Wimbledon (July 5, 1980)p. 106
"The Catch": 49ers vs. Cowboys (January 10, 1982)p. 110
Gordon Johncock Wins 1982 Indianapolis 500 (May 30, 1982)p. 112
"The Play": Cal vs. Stanford (November 20, 1982)p. 116
North Carolina State Upsets Houston (April 4, 1983)p. 120
Richard Petty Wins 200th Career Race (July 4, 1984)p. 124
Boston College Beats Miami on Hail Mary Pass (November 23, 1984)p. 128
Jack Nicklaus Wins Masters at Age 46 (April 13, 1986)p. 130
Dodgers Win on Kirk Gibson Home Run (October 15, 1988)p. 134
Buster Douglas Upsets Mike Tyson (February 11, 1990)p. 136
Carl Lewis Anchors U.S. Olympic Victory (August 8, 1992)p. 140
Wayne Gretzky Captures NHL Scoring Mark (March 23, 1994)p. 144
New York Rangers Win Stanley Cup (June 14, 1994)p. 148
Tiger Woods Wins Masters (April 13, 1997)p. 152
Michael Jordan Wins Sixth NBA Championship (June 14, 1998)p. 156
France Wins World Cup on Home Soil (July 12, 1998)p. 162
Mark McGwire Smashes Home Run Record (September 8, 1998)p. 166
U.S. Women Win World Cup Soccer (July 10, 1999)p. 170
Afterwordp. 174
Acknowledgmentsp. 176
Photo Creditsp. 178
Creditsp. 179
About the Authorp. 180