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The New York Times Bestseller
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Fans Wept. The Crowd Cheered. The Announcers Went Wild. You Just Had To Be There. And You Can Be.
In words and images--and on two audio CDs narrated by award-winning sports journalist Bob Costas--And The Crowd Goes Wild brings to life the spine-tingling moments that brought us to our feet.
From bleachers to box seats to living room sofas, devoted fans and casual observers yearn for the thrill of last-minute heroics, underdog victories or the crowning moment of a champion's career.
And The Crowd Goes Wild recounts forty-seven of the most memorable moments in sports and spotlights the photographs that tell the stories. Accompanying the book, two digitally mastered CDs contain over two hours of audio, including the actual calls of the announcers who were just as excited, surprised and awestruck as the fans.
Their words--and the emotional charge in their voices--take you back to the heart-stopping thrill of the event, when an athlete triumphed...and the crowd went wild!
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About the Author
Bob Costas holds 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. He has been with NBC Sports since 1979 and has covered every major sport, including the Olympics. Costas is a frequent contributor to NBC as a reporter and interviewer on the network's primetime news magazines.
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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.
Table of ContentsIntroduction -
Foreword by Hank Aaron -
October 1, 1932 Babe Ruth Calls His Shot -
August 9, 1936 Jesse Owens Wins Four Gold Medals
June 22, 1938 Joe Louis Knocks Out Max Schmeling
July 4, 1939 Lou Gehrig Says Good-bye-
October 3, 1951 Bobby Thomson Hits "Shot Heard 'Round the World" -
October 8, 1956 Don Larsen Throws World Series Perfect Game-
December 28, 1958 "The Greatest Game Ever Played": Colts vs. Giants-
September 8, 1960 Wilma Rudolph Sprints to Olympic Gold
September 28, 1960 Ted Williams Finishes Career with Home Run -
October 13, 1960 Bill Mazeroski Home Run Wins World Series -
March 2, 1962 Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points
October 14, 1964 Billy Mills Wins 10,000-Meter Gold
April 15, 1965 Havlicek Steal Clinches Celtics Victory-
December 31, 1967 Green Bay Packers Win "Ice Bowl" -
October 18, 1968 Bob Beamon Soars to Long Jump Record-
January 12, 1969 Joe Namath and Underdog Jets Win Super Bowl III -
October 16, 1969 Miracle Mets Win World Series-
May 8, 1970 Willis Reed Leads Knicks to Victory -
September 4, 1972 Mark Spitz Wins Record Seven Gold Medals -
September 9, 1972 Olympic Basketball Team Upset by Soviets-
December 23, 1972 "The Immaculate Reception": Steelers vs. Raiders -
June 9, 1973 Secretariat Wins Triple Crown -
September 20, 1973 Billie Jean King Wins "Battle of the Sexes" -
April 8, 1974 Henry Aaron Breaks Home Run Record -
October 1, 1975 Muhammad Ali: Three-Time Heavyweight Champion -
October 21, 1975 Carlton Fisk Waves World Series Home Run Fair -
July 18, 1976 Nadia Comaneci Scores a Perfect
March 26, 1979 Johnson vs. Bird in the NCAA Championship
February 22, 1980 U.S. Hockey Team Defeats Soviet Union -
July 5, 1980 Bjorn Borg Defeats John McEnroe at Wimbledon -
January 10, 1982 "The Catch": 49ers vs. Cowboys -
May 30, 1982 Gordon Johncock Wins 1982 Indianapolis 500 -
November 20, 1982 "The Play": Cal vs. Stanford
April 4, 1983 North Carolina State Upsets Houston
July 4, 1984 Richard Petty Wins 200th Career Race -
November 23, 1984 Boston College Beats Miami on Hail Mary Pass -
April 13, 1986 -Jack Nicklaus Wins Masters at Age 46 -
October 15, 1988 Dodgers Win on Kirk Gibson Home Run -
February 11, 1990 Buster Douglas Upsets Mike Tyson -
August 8, 1992 Carl Lewis Anchors U.S. Olympic Victory
March 23, 1994 Wayne Gretzky Captures NHL Scoring Mark -
May 25, 1994 New York Rangers Win Stanley Cup -
April 13, 1997 Tiger Woods Wins Masters -
June 14, 1998 Michael Jordan Wins Sixth NBA Championship -
July 12, 1998 France Wins World Cup on Home Soil -
September 8, 1998 Mark McGwire Smashes Home Run Record
July 10, 1999 U.S. Women Win World Cup Soccer -
Afterword by Wayne Gretzky -
Photo Credits -
About the Author -