The 100 Most Important Sporting Events in American History

Editor/Author Freedman, Lew
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: 978-1-44-083574-2
Category: Arts & Leisure - Sports
Image Count: 100
Book Status: Pending
Predicted Release Month: Dec 2017
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This book ranks 100 of the greatest moments in sports, reflecting on the dramatic impact of the events as well as their greater influence on American society of the time. The work showcases the social, historical, and cultural background of memorable games, teams, and athletes, highlighting the enduring value and importance of each selection.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • #1 Jackie Robinson
  • #2 The Miracle on Ice
  • #3 James Naismith and the Invention of Basketball
  • #4 Joe Louis
  • #5 Title IX
  • #6 Sports Come to Radio
  • #7 Sports Come to Television
  • #8 ESPN: Sports around the Clock
  • #9 Muhammad Ali Defies Uncle Sam
  • #10 Jesse Owens
  • #11 Cincinnati Red Stockings Go Pro
  • #12 The World Series
  • #13 Babe Ruth Transforms Baseball
  • #14 Red Grange Introduces Pro Football to the World
  • #15 The Great Jim Thorpe
  • #16 The NFL's Greatest Game
  • #17 Roberto Clemente
  • #18 Marvin Miller and Baseball Free Agency
  • #19 The NBA Integrates
  • #20 Texas Western Wins NCAA Basketball
  • #21 Hank Aaron Breaks Babe Ruth's Record
  • #22 Fritz Pollard, the NFL's First African American Coach
  • #23 The Black Sox Scandal
  • #24 Bill Russell, First African American NBA Coach
  • #25 Don Larsen's Perfect Game
  • #26 Joe Namath's Super Bowl Prediction
  • #27 Secretariat the Great
  • #28 Joe DiMaggio's 56-Game Hitting Streak
  • #29 Ted Williams Bats .406
  • #30 The Death of Dale Earnhardt
  • #31 Michael Jordan Plays While Sick
  • #32 Jack Nicklaus Reclaims Glory
  • #33 The Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics
  • #34 Richard Petty's 200th Win
  • #35 Lance Armstrong
  • #36 Kenny Sailors Invents the Jump Shot
  • #37 Pete Gogolak's Funny Kicking
  • #38 Introduction of the NBA Shot Clock
  • #39 Pete Rose, Charlie Hustle
  • #40 President Nixon's Ping-Pong Diplomacy
  • #41 Miami Dolphins Go 17–0
  • #42 Frank Robinson, First African American Manager
  • #43 Althea Gibson
  • #44 Women's Pro Basketball
  • #45 Johnny Vander Meer's Two No-Hitters
  • #46 The Houston Astrodome
  • #47 U.S. Soccer World Cup Champs
  • #48 Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points in a Game
  • #49 Cy Young Wins 511 Games
  • #50 The Jack Dempsey–Gene Tunney Long Count
  • #51 Baseball's All-Star Game
  • #52 Bill Mazeroski's Amazing Home Run
  • #53 Michael Phelps
  • #54 Martina Navratilova Wins and Comes Out
  • #55 Magic Johnson Shows You Can Live with AIDS
  • #56 John Wooden's 10 NCAA Titles
  • #57 University of Connecticut Women's Basketball
  • #58 The Cal Ripken Streak
  • #59 Wayne Gretzky Changes Hockey
  • #60 Pat Summitt Wins Big and Inspires
  • #61 Jack Johnson Is Hated for Being Black and Good
  • #62 Fernandomania
  • #63 Frank Shorter Is Golden
  • #64 Wilma Rudolph
  • #65 Tiger Woods Tries to Be the Greatest
  • #66 Honus Wagner and Baseball Cards
  • #67 Pittsburgh's Immaculate Reception
  • #68 Babe Didrikson Zaharias
  • #69 Indiana State versus Michigan State
  • #70 A Basketball Sisterhood
  • #71 Marshall University's Plane Crash
  • #72 Oklahoma Football's 47-Game Winning Streak
  • #73 Tommie Smith's and John Carlos's Gloved Fists
  • #74 Jim Brown's Stunning Career and Departure
  • #75 Willie Mays's World Series Gem
  • #76 The Ice Bowl
  • #77 Rocky Marciano, Undefeated Champion
  • #78 A. J. Foyt
  • #79 Bobby Thomson Wins the Pennant
  • #80 Red Sox at Last
  • #81 Dan Jansen's Challenges
  • #82 The Fosbury Flop
  • #83 Win One for the Gipper
  • #84 Kerri Strug
  • #85 Loyola's 1963 Iron Men
  • #86 The Death of Len Bias
  • #87 Peyton the Great
  • #88 Bob Beamon's Leap
  • #89 Roger Maris Tops the Babe
  • #90 The National Hockey League Expands
  • #91 College Basketball's Game of the Century
  • #92 Baseball's Only Fatality
  • #93 The Earthquake World Series
  • #94 Libby Riddles Wins the Iditarod
  • #95 Baseball Teams Start City Hopping
  • #96 Monica Seles Is Stabbed
  • #97 Billie Jean King Steps Up for Women's Tennis
  • #98 Tommy John Surgery
  • #99 Fantasy Sports
  • #100 Soap Opera on Skates