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Replays, Rivalries, and Rumbles

The Most Iconic Moments in American Sports

Reviewing the play on your favorite classic moments in sports

What were the iconic sports moments of the last century? In Replays, Rivalries, and Rumbles, a team of sports aficionados climb onto their bar stools to address that never-solved but essential question. Triumphs and turning points, rivalries and record-setters—each chapter tracks down the real story behind the epic moments and legendary careers sports fans love to debate. Topics include Abner Doubleday and the origins of baseball; the era-defining 1979 duel between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson; how Denver and Cleveland relive The Drive; the myths surrounding the Ali-Foreman Rumble in the Jungle; Billie Jean King's schooling of Bobby Riggs; the Miracle on Ice; and ESPN's conquest of the sports world.

Filled with eye-opening lore and analysis, Replays, Rivalries, and Rumbles is an entertaining look at what we think we know about sports.

"An exhaustively researched, no-jargon-allowed-in-the-writing set of essays that examines some of the iconic moments in sports to show how our memories of those events and their importance are a combination of myth, legend, and reality."--Charles Korr, author of The End of Baseball As We Knew It: The Players Union, 1960–1981

"Steven Gietscher has recruited an all-star roster of sport historians whose efforts have resulted in an anthology of events in America’s sporting past that provides all fans an opportunity to both learn and re-imagine."--Stephen Wenn, coauthor of Tarnished Rings: The International Olympic Committee and the Salt Lake City Bid Scandal

"Remarkably fun to read. A great book for a general sports fan."--Sarah K. Fields, author of Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Law of Reputation


Steven Gietschier is an associate professor of history at Lindenwood University. Previously, he was Senior Managing Editor for Research at the Sporting News.

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