They Changed the Game: Sports Pioneers of the Twentieth Century

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Dec 18, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 154 pages
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Throughout the twentieth century, athletic heroes have altered their respective sports with spectacular achievements, renewing their fans' confidence and surpassing their expectations with pioneering fearlessness, powerful expertise and unforgettable performances. In They Changed the Game, authors Ken Rappoport and Barry Wilner profile professional sports' trailblazing champions, from boxing great Muhammad Ali to runner extraordinaire Jesse Owens, from stock-car racer Richard Petty to incomparable sportswoman Babe Didrickson.
 

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THE BIRDMAN THE SHOWMAN AND THE MAN Larry Bird Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan
THE GREATEST ONE Wayne Gretzky
ONE GOLDEN MOMENT Jim Thorpe
KING OF THE ROAD Richard Petty
THE COWBOY AND THE KING Tex Rickard and Don King
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Barry Wilner has been a sportswriter for the Associated Press for 32 years, covering nearly every major sporting event, from the Super Bowl to the World Cup, the Olympics to the Stanley Cup finals. He is the author of 27 books on a variety of sports subjects, including Miracles, Shockers, and Long Shots: The Greatest Sports Upsets of All Time and Football Feuds: The Greatest College Football Rivalries¸ written in collaboration with Ken Rappoport.

Ken Rappoport is the author of more than 50 sports books for adults and young readers, including Tales from Penn State Football and Penn State Nittany Lions: Where Have You Gone? Working for the Associated Press in New York for 30 years, he wrote about every major sport. His assignments included the World Series, the NBA Finals, and as the AP's national hockey writer, the Stanley Cup Finals and the Olympics.

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