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Numbelievable!: The Dramatic Stories Behind the Most Memorable Numbers in Sportshistoryby Michael Ferraro
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Sports fans can't seem to get enough of the numbers that matter most to them. They may not have a clue what the quadratic equation is, but they've got batting averages, single-game performances, scoring streaks, and championship seasons burned into their brains for eternity. Numbelievable is jam-packed with a vast array of stats, tallies, official times, uniform numbers, and world records, and it's guaranteed to satisfy even the most insatiable fan's appetite for numbers. And not just the familiar numbers, like DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, Chamberlain's 100 points, or Roger Bannister's 3: 59-minute mile. In addition, there are also dozens of jaw-dropping, dominant digits you never knew about and couldn't have guessed. How about Georgia Tech 222, Cumberland 0? Some might even make your stomach growl: world eating champion Koyabashi once devoured 53 1/2 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Take a moment to digest that one. A must-have reference source for avid and casual fans alike, and a fascinating introduction for the simply curious, Numbelievable does much more than give trivia answers--it delivers the stories behind these numbers and reminds you why they are so special. Whether it's the precipitously plunged mercury at Green Bay's infamous Ice Bowl, the Masterful arrival of Tiger, or the astronomical A-Rod contract--from minus-48 degrees to $252 million--it's all here.
Sports and numbers go hand-in-hand—the Dolphins 17-0 season, Wilt Chamberlains 100-point game, Joe DiMaggios 56-game hitting streak, Tiger Woods shooting -18 at his first Masters—and this book gives fans a golden opportunity to relive the magic moments that have generated the most talked about numbers in sports. Whether its an obscure entry like Row 8, Aisle 4, Seat 113 (Steve Bartmans seat location for the Chicago Cubs 2003 NLCS Game 6) or a more well-known number like 72-10 (the unprecedented NBA season by Michael Jordan and the Bulls), each number has a compelling story tied to that this book explores with fantastic photos, juicy details, and candid insight from the athletes themselves.
Numbelievable!" is jam-packed with a vast array of stats, tallies, official times, uniform numbers, and world records guaranteed to satisfy even the most insatiable sports fans appetite for numbers. A must-have reference source for avid and casual fans alike, and a fascinating introduction for the simply curious.Triumph Books
About the Author
Michael X. Ferraro is a sports columnist and a TV writer-producer who has worked for many major networks and the show Sports Unfiltered with Dennis Miller on Versus. John Veneziano is the editor of the Official Super Bowl Magazine and Official Pro Bowl Magazine published for the NFL and has written for the Boston Globe.
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