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And the fans roared : the sports broadcasts that kept us on the edge of our seats
Garner, Joe.
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Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, [2000]

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xiii, 177 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm + 2 audio CDs.
Disc 1: 1. Introduction -- 2. Jackie Robinson integrates baseball-- 3. Babe Ruth says goodbye -- 4. Citation wins Triple Crown -- 5. Willie Mays makes "The Catch" -- 6. Patterson vs. Johansson: a classic boxing rivalry -- 7. Jim Marshall runs the wrong way -- 8. Rod Laver wins grand slam --9. Bobby Orr goal wins Stanley Cup -- 10. Tom Dempsey kicks 63-yard field goal -- 11. Jim O'Brien field goal wins Super Bowl -- 12. Oklahoma vs. Nebraska: college football's game of the century -- 13. Paul Henderson goal wins summit series -- 14. Down goes Frazier! George Foreman Beats Joe Frazier -- 15. O.J. Simpson tops 2,000 yards -- Notre Dame ends UCLA's winning streak at 88 -- 17. Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns in triple OT -- 18. Reggie Jackson hits three consecutive World Series homers -- 19. Affirmed wins Triple Crown -- 20. Eric Heiden dominates Winter Olympics -- 21. Bill Johnson skis to Olympic downhill victory -- 22. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks NBA scoring record. Disc 2: 1. Mary Lou Retten vaults to Olympic gold -- 2. Walter Payton breaks career rushing record -- 3. Pete Rose smacks hit no. 4,192 -- 4. Ozzie Smith home run wins game 5 -- 5. Bill Buchner's unforgettable error --6. Florence Griffith Joyner becomes world's fastest woman -- 7. Joe Montana leads Super Bowl-winning drive -- 8. The Shot: Michael Jordan beats Cleveland -- 9. Greg LeMond wins Tour de France -- 10. Earthquake rocks 1989 World Series -- 11. Magic Johnson returns to capture all-star MVP title -- 12. Duke beats Kentucky on Christian Laettner buzzer-beater -- 13. Al Unser Jr. wins 1992 Indianapolis 500 -- 14. Buffalo Bills make football's greatest comeback -- 15. Joe Carter homer wins 1993 World Series -- 16. Kerrigan vs. Harding: soap opera on ice -- 17. Cal Ripkin sets consecutive games streak -- 18. Michael Johnson wins 200 and 400 gold in Atlanta -- 19. Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield -- 20. Justin Leonard putt seals U.S. Ryder Cup comeback -- 21. Music City miracle: Tennessee Titan's miraculous kick return -- 22. Tiger Woods wins U.S. Open.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller! Heroes Triumphed.Announcers Went Wild.And The Fans Roared.Feel The Thunder Again.Featuring the riveting stories that bring you back to the moment, acclaimed sports photographs and two audio CDs narrated by award-winning sports journalist Bob Costas, And The Fans Roared delivers more than forty of the most spine-tingling sports moments ever broadcast.Joe Garner's bestselling book And The Crowd Goes Wild left sports fans clamoring for more of the thrilling events that brought them to the edge of their seats. And The Fans Roared delivers.In gripping style, And The Fans Roared highlights announcers' surprised, amazed and awestruck calls from every major sports arena - from baseball, football, basketball and the Olympics, to hockey, auto and horse racing, tennis, boxing, cyclingand golf.Accompanying this book, the two audio CDs highlight the exciting moments that brought us to our feet, when heroes reached for the stars, announcers reached for the words to describe them... and the fans roared!Relive the most electrifying sports moments ever broadcast, including:September 29, 1954 - Willie Mays Makes "The Catch"October 25, 1964 - Jim Marshall Runs the Wrong WayJanuary 22, 1973 - George Foreman Beats Joe Frazier"Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!"February 23, 1980 - Eric Heiden Dominates Winter OlympicsOctober 7, 1984 - Walter Payton Breaks Career Rushing Record"Looking for the record... he's got it!"September 11, 1985 - Pete Rose Smacks Hit No. 4,192"It is pandemonium here at Riverfront Stadium!"May 7, 1989 - "The Shot": Michael Jordan Beats Cleveland March 28, 1992 - Duke Beats Kentucky on Laettner Buzzer-BeaterOctober 23, 1993 - Joe Carter Homer Wins World SeriesAugust 1, 1996 - Michael Johnson Wins 200 and 400 Gold in AtlantaHear each memorable broadcast again - or for the very first time in this New York Times bestseller!

Author Notes

Joe Garner is a 20-year veteran of the radio business. His expertise on the media's coverage of major sporting and news events has been featured on Larry King Live, Weekend Today, CNN, CBS Up-to-the-Minute and more than 1,500 radio programs nationwide
Bob Costas has won twelve Emmy awards--eight as outstanding sports broadcaster, two for writing, one for his late-night interview show Later...with Bob Costas and one for his play-by-play broadcast of the 1997 World Series. He has been named "National Sportscaster of the Year" seven times by his peers

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In a split second, an athlete or a team makes a decisive move and the crowd roars in the stadium; simultaneously, the sports announcer captures the play and the moment and the noise, sending the fans at home, listening on the radio or watching on television, to their feet. Garner knows that great sports moments are as personal as they are universal, and the most memorable are almost too numerous to nameDbut not quite, as he proved first with his bestselling And the Crowd Goes Wild and as he does, once again, with inimitable flair and momentum, in this spectacular companion containing more of those fateful seconds of history from the pros, the Olympics and college teams: the day Babe Ruth said goodbye to baseball, the buzzer-beating basket that Duke's Christian Laettner scored against Kentucky, the precise millisecond when Flo Jo became the fastest woman in the world, the fight in which Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield and 39 others. GarnerDwith popular sportscaster Costas, who narrates the two accompanying CDs with the original, spontaneous and unforgettable broadcasts of every play described in the bookDmakes each singular experience as fresh and hair-raising as it was originally. Arranged chronologically, the book and CD work in tandem, so all readers have to do is sit back and reminisce. 500,000 first printing. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This book-and-CD set is the sequel to Garner's popular title from last year, And the Crowd Went Wild. With both sets, the text and plentiful photographs in the book provide background for the broadcast calls of celebrated sports events presented on the two CDs. Each call is set up by announcer Bob Costas's literate narration. On the plus side this time, the CDs feature less of Costas and more of the enthusiastic original broadcasts. In general, the selections themselves are also better because they include more great events with climactic moments: the key to a compelling broadcast is a thrilling climax. In addition, the events chosen here are more recent, the last event being Tiger Woods's winning the U.S. Open in June 2000. All in all, the concept continues to be a good one and is better executed this time around. Recommended for all general sports collections.DJohn Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-Only if a bag of hot-roasted peanuts were included could this book be a bigger treat to the senses. The sights and sounds of emotionally punched moments in American sports fill each broad page and the two companion CDs. Jackie Robinson's last hit in a World Series before retiring, Citation winning the Kentucky Derby, Mary Lou Retton earning consecutive perfect scores, and Florence Griffith Joyner stylishly becoming the fastest woman in the world are captured in lively photographs and stirring text. Alone they are a fine addition to any collection, but with the CDs (tucked inside the front cover), the action becomes even more vivid. Original broadcasters are heard announcing play-by-plays while the fans cheer for the unique feats of athleticism. Highlights from boxing, racing, track and field, baseball, football, basketball, bicycling, hockey, and gymnastics are entwined with commentary from Bob Costas. He sets the stage and reveals some poignant facts about the competitors who own those pinnacle moments, and the broadcasters who recorded them. Written with enthusiastic craftsmanship, the book offers nuggets about how disciplined work can result in personal triumph, how luck and talent can combine for stellar performances, how even stars can lose their luster (Pete Rose, Mike Tyson, O. J. Simpson), and sorrow can come to those who made the fans roar.-Karen Sokol, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Down Goes Frazier!:
George Foreman Beats Joe Frazier

January 22, 1973
Disc 1; Track 14

Had Smokin' Joe Frazier been reduced to just smoke and mirrors? That was the question being asked when the world's heavyweight champion arrived in Kingston, Jamaica, to defend his crown against George Foreman, the rising young force in the division.

Just two years earlier, Frazier had been the toast of the boxing world when he had won a brutal fifteen-round decision over Muhammad Ali in a battle of two undefeated fighters that was justifiably billed as the Fight of the Century. But even in victory, Frazier looked like a beaten man. He was taken to a hospital after the fight and remained there a week.

In his two ensuing fights, against Ron Stander and Terry Daniels, Joe Frazier, though victorious, did not look as devastating as he had in the past. Still, he scoffed at those who questioned whether, at age twenty-nine, he had enough left to hold off the twenty-four-year-old Foreman, whose right hand was rapidly becoming the most feared weapon in the heavyweight division. "Down through the years, I been foolin' them all," Frazier said. "They buried me, cremated me, put me back in the ground."

Joe Frazier entered the ring that night with a record of 29-0 with twenty-five knockouts. Foreman's record was 37-0 with thirty-four knockouts. Both men also owned Olympic gold medals in the heavyweight division, Frazier's earned in the 1964 Games, Foreman's in 1968. Oddsmakers were not discouraged by speculation that Frazier was past his prime, making him a 5-1 favorite. But some experts, including sportscaster Howard Cosell, on hand in Jamaica for the blow-by-blow description, were picking Foreman.

But nobody could have envisioned what happened once the opening bell rang. It became immediately obvious that Foreman's advantages in height (6 feet 3 inches to Frazier's 5 feet 11.5 inches) and reach (78.5 inches to Frazier's 73.5 inches) were going to be critical factors. So was Foreman's mindset. Many fighters had been intimidated by Frazier's straight ahead, not-to-be-denied style. His nickname, "Smokin'," came from his tendency to burrow into an opponent and keep smoking until his foe had been consumed. But Foreman knew all about intimidating tactics. This wasn't the jovial, popular salesman and television personality of his later years. This was an angry young man off the mean streets of Houston, Texas, who could fix an evil glare on his opponent. And he fixed it on Frazier, both at the weigh-in and during the pre-fight instructions. Frazier had tried to get to Foreman by telling him, "I'm gonna sit you on the ground, George." But he got no reaction from Foreman, who was saving his reply for the ring.

Frazier came out fast, landing the first punch. He hit Foreman on the chin with a left hook, his trademark shot. There was no reaction from Foreman. Right then, Frazier knew he was in trouble. And he quickly found out how much. A Foreman combination rattled Frazier, and a right uppercut put the champion down.

And at that instant, Cosell forever immortalized this bout with three words, uttered in a screaming fashion three times in a row: "Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!" Many say it was Cosell's finest moment. It was certainly one of Foreman's as well.

Frazier got up immediately from the knockdown only to be put down a second and third time before the first round mercifully ended. Each time, it was a Foreman right hand that did the damage. It was shocking to watch Frazier, the man who had withstood the best Ali had to offer over fifteen rounds, find himself unable to stay on his feet against this young challenger. Defensively, Foreman was using his tall frame and long arms to keep Frazier from getting inside and doing any damage of his own.

Thirty seconds into Round 2, Frazier went down again from a Foreman right hand. "It's target practice for George Foreman," yelled Cosell. Twice more Frazier went down, six times in all after having been down only twice previously in his entire professional career.

Finally, after the sixth knockdown, referee Arthur Mercante signaled that Frazier had had enough. The bout was stopped at the 1:35 mark of Round 2. A crowd of thirty-six thousand in Jamaica's National Stadium had seen the world's heavyweight championship dramatically change hands. "On the first right to the body I landed," Foreman said, "I saw him wince and I knew I was going to win."

Frazier could only shake his head at the beating he had taken. "I knew George Foreman was big and strong," Frazier said, "but I didn't realize he was that strong."

Both Foreman and Frazier would go on to experience crushing losses to Muhammad Ali. George Foreman lost to Ali in Zaire, Africa, in the 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle." Joe Frazier was beaten in 1974 in New York, and in 1975 in the Philippines fight labeled the "Thrilla in Manila." Still, as great as those fights were, the Jamaica battle would long be remembered after the particular blows had been forgotten thanks to Cosell's "Down goes Frazier!" Foreman and Frazier fought each other again in 1976, Foreman winning again, this time on a fifth-round knockout.

Joe Frazier retired from boxing for good in March 1981. George Foreman, after a ten-year absence from the ring, again shocked the world by knocking out Michael Moorer in 1994 to regain the heavyweight championship at age forty-five, becoming the oldest man to ever win any boxing title. Excerpted from And the Fans Roared: Recapture the Excitement of Great Moments in Sports 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

George Foreman
Introductionp. ix
Forewordp. xi
April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseballp. 2
April 27, 1947 Babe Ruth Says Good-byep. 6
June 12, 1948 Citation Wins Triple Crownp. 10
September 29, 1954 Willie Mays Makes "The Catch"p. 14
June 26, 1959-March 13, 1961 Patterson vs. Johansson: A Classic Boxing Rivalryp. 18
October 25, 1964 Jim Marshall Runs the Wrong Wayp. 22
September 8, 1969 Rod Laver Wins Grand Slamp. 26
May 10, 1970 Bobby Orr Goal Wins Stanley Cupp. 30
November 8, 1970 Tom Dempsey Kicks 63-Yard Field Goalp. 34
January 17, 1971 Jim O'Brien Field Goal Wins Super Bowlp. 36
November 25, 1971 Oklahoma vs. Nebraska: College Football's Game of the Centuryp. 40
September 28, 1972 Paul Henderson Goal Wins Summit Seriesp. 44
January 22, 1973 Down Goes Frazier!: George Foreman Beats Joe Frazierp. 48
December 16, 1973 O. J. Simpson Tops 2,000 Yardsp. 52
January 19, 1974 Notre Dame Ends UCLA's Winning Streak at 88p. 56
June 4, 1976 Boston Celtics Beat Phoenix Suns in Triple OTp. 60
October 18, 1977 Reggie Jackson Hits Three Consecutive World Series Homersp. 64
June 10, 1978 Affirmed Wins Triple Crownp. 68
February 23, 1980 Eric Heiden Dominates 1980 Winter Olympicsp. 72
February 16, 1984 Bill Johnson Skis to Olympic Downhill Victoryp. 76
April 5, 1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Breaks NBA Scoring Recordp. 80
August 3, 1984 Mary Lou Retton Vaults to Olympic Goldp. 84
October 7, 1984 Walter Payton Breaks Career Rushing Recordp. 88
September 11, 1985 Pete Rose Smacks Hit No. 4,192p. 92
October 14, 1985 Ozzie Smith Home Run Wins Game 5p. 96
October 25, 1986 Bill Buckner's Unforgettable Errorp. 100
September 29, 1988 Florence Griffith Joyner Becomes World's Fastest Womanp. 104
January 22, 1989 Joe Montana Leads Super Bowl-Winning Drivep. 108
May 7, 1989 The Shot: Michael Jordan Beats Clevelandp. 112
July 23, 1989 Greg LeMond Wins Tour de Francep. 114
October 17, 1989 Earthquake Rocks 1989 World Seriesp. 118
February 9, 1992 Magic Johnson Returns to Capture All-Star Game MVP Titlep. 122
March 28, 1992 Duke Beats Kentucky on Christian Laettner Buzzer-Beaterp. 126
May 24, 1992 Al Unser Jr. Wins 1992 Indianapolis 500p. 130
January 3, 1993 Buffalo Bills Make Football's Greatest Comebackp. 134
October 23, 1993 Joe Carter Homer Wins 1993 World Seriesp. 138
February 24, 1994 Kerrigan vs. Harding: Soap Opera on Icep. 142
September 6, 1995 Cal Ripken Sets Consecutive Games Streakp. 146
July 29 and August 1, 1996 Michael Johnson Wins 200 and 400 Gold in Atlantap. 150
June 28, 1997 Mike Tyson Bites Evander Holyfieldp. 154
September 26, 1999 Justin Leonard Putt Seals U. S. Ryder Cup Comebackp. 158
January 8, 2000 Music City Miracle: Tennessee Titans' Miraculous Kick Returnp. 162
June 18, 2000 Tiger Woods Wins U.S. Openp. 166
Acknowledgmentsp. 171
Photo Creditsp. 173
Creditsp. 175
Announcersp. 177
About the Authorp. 178