55 years 55 Heroes: A Celebration of Minnesota Sports


Minnesotaís sports history comes to life like never before in a celebration of achievements. Ross Bernstein has taken 55 of the greatest moments during a span of 55 years and tied them into interviews and biographies of the athletes involved.
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Minnesotaís sports history comes to life like never before in a celebration of achievements. Ross Bernstein has taken 55 of the greatest moments during a span of 55 years and tied them into interviews and biographies of the athletes involved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780931714986
  • Publisher: Nodin Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2002
  • Pages: 123
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an inspirational business speaker who helps companies and organizations think and act more like champions. Ross and his books have been featured on thousands of television and radio programs over his career, including CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, ESPN, TSN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and the CBC, as well as in the pages of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today. As a working member of the media in his home state of Minnesota, Ross has a unique behind the scenes access to all of the local sports franchises in the area, including the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Wild and Gophers. As such, he spends lots of his time in dugouts, club houses, locker rooms, and press boxes — and it’s here where Ross has met and interviewed thousands of professional athletes over the past 20 years. To learn more about Ross, visit his website at www.rossbernsteinspeaking.com.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
1948 The Minneapolis Laker Dynasty Begins 8
1949 The Lakers Repeat 10
1950 The Lakers Make it Three in a Row 12
1951 The Eveleth High School Hockey Dynasty 14
1952 The Lakers Keep on Rolling 16
1953 The Winona Phantom is the Heisman Runner Up 20
1954 The Hockey Gophers Make a Run at the Title 22
1955 The Gophers Battle Iowa for the Big Ten Title 24
1956 The Baseball Gophers Win the National Championship 26
1957 Another Incredible Year for Golf's Grand Dame 28
1958 The Minneapolis Millers Win the Junior World Series 32
1959 The Lakers Make One Last Run for the Title 34
1960 The Football Gophers Win the National Championship 36
1961 The Football Gophers Win the Rose Bowl 38
1962 The Football Gophers Play a Wild One in Wisconsin 40
1963 St. John's University Wins its First National Championship 44
1964 Killer Wins the Home Run Crown for the Twins 46
1965 The Twins Make it to the World Series 48
1966 Kitty Wins 25 for the Twins 50
1967 The North Stars Hit the Ice 52
1968 The Vikings Win Their First Central Division Crown 56
1969 The Vikings Make it to the Super Bowl 58
1970 The Twins Win the West 60
1971 An MVP Season for One of the Game's Best Ever 62
1972 The Gopher Basketball "Iron Five" 64
1973 The Vikings Make a Run at the Super Bowl 68
1974 The Hockey Gophers Win the National Championship 70
1975 The Infamous "Hail Mary" 72
1976 The Vikings' Final Run at the Big Prize 74
1977 The Incredible Year of Twins Star Rod Carew 76
1978 The New York Mills High School Girls Basketball Dynasty 80
1979 The Hockey Gophers are National Champions 82
1980 The Basketball Gophers Make a Run at the N.I.T. Title 84
1981 The North Stars Take a Shot at Lord Stanley's Cup 86
1982 The Basketball Gophers Win the Big Ten Championship 88
1983 A Vikings Coaching Legend Retires 92
1984 UM-Duluth Plays One of the Greatest Finals in NCAA History 94
1985 The Football Gophers Win the Independence Bowl 96
1986 The Football Gophers Make it to the Liberty Bowl 98
1987 The Cinderella Twins Win the World Series 100
1988 The Twins Break the American League Attendance Record 104
1989 The Hockey Gophers Lose a Heartbreaker 106
1990 The Basketball Gophers Make it to the NCAA's Elite Eight 108
1991 The Worst to First Twins Win the Pennant 110
1992 The Puck Inks a Deal that Makes Him a Twin for Life 112
1993 Winny Comes Home and Hits No. 3,000 for the Twins 116
1994 CC Breaks the NFL's Single Season Receptions Record 118
1995 The Timberwolves Draft a High School Phenom 120
1996 Molly Comes Home and Hits No. 3,000 for the Twins 122
1997 March Madness as the Basketball Gophers Go to the Final Four 124
1998 The Vikings Lose a Heartbreaker in the NFC Title Game 128
1999 The Vikings Make Another Playoff Run 130
2000 The Minnesota Wild hit the Ice 132
2001 The Gopher Wrestlers Finally Win it All 134
2002 The Hockey Gophers are Kings of the World 136
Afterword 142
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