The 25 Greatest Sports Conspiracy Theories of All-Time: Ranking Sports' Most Notorious Fixes, Cover-Ups, and Scandals

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2007 - Social Science - 283 pages
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In every sport, in every country around the world, there are fans on the losing side who know that something other than skill and luck beat their favorite team or player. Sometimes they're actually right. That's why sports lovers will devour this inside look at the 25 biggest myths and scandals in professional and collegiate athletics. Elliott Kalb examines each potential outrage in detail, supporting and debunking popular beliefs along the way. In some cases, proof does exist that the "fix" was in--like the 1919 World Series thrown by the Chicago "Black" Sox players or the conspiracy to keep African Americans out of Major League Baseball until 1947. In others, there remain only whispers of wrongdoing and suspicious circumstances, including the Jets' win in Super Bowl III and Muhammad Ali's first-round knockout of Sonny Liston. This is sure to capture the imagination of anyone who has ever wondered what really happened behind the scenes.

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The old-fashioned concept of sportsmanship takes a beating in these essays by Kalb, known as "Mr. Stats" for his broadcast work with NBC, HBO Sports and more. Scrutinizing more than two dozen famous ... Read full review

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This book is just flat annoying. The author uses hearsay and opinion to form arguments that are downright hateful and accusatory. I also wonder if the book was edited ... at all. There are inconsistencies in names and facts. It's almost as if voice recognition software was used to capture a drunk man's ramblings without any thought to how it may come out. Weak. 

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About the author (2007)

Elliot Kalb is best known as Mr. Stats for his broadcast work with NBC, HBO Sports, TNT, and CBS/Westwood One Radio Network. A six-time Emmy winner and the author of Who s Better, Who s Best in Baseball?, Kalb currently serves as head writer for HBO s Inside the NFL and as a consultant for NBC s Football Night in America. He lives in Caldwell, NJ.

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