2006-11-08 / Book Review

Greatest Days In NY Sports Has Answers For All

The 100 Greatest Days In New York Sports by Stuart Miller, Houghton Mifflin 464 pages ISBN: 0-618-57480-8, $35.

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1. Who was pitching for Chicago when Babe Ruth "called" his home run in the 1932 World Series?

2. Name the five future Hall of Famers that Carl Hubbell struck out in a row in the 1934 All-Star Game.

3. Name the only batter to whom Don Larsen yielded three balls during his perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

4. What New York Giant quarterback tied the NFLrecord for the most touchdown passes in a game with seven?

Bonus: What Brooklyn native had set the record playing against the Giants nearly 20 years earlier?

5. In Super Bowl III, what was the spread between the Baltimore Colts and New York Jets?

6. What St. John's star led the team with 27 points in the first Big East final at Madison Square Garden, earning the tournament MVP award?

7. Who won the first US Open? 8. Who made the last out of the 1969 World Series?

9. Who won the first New York City five-borough marathon on the men's side in 1976?

10. Who put the Knicks ahead to stay 91-90 with a dunk in Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals against Indiana?

11. Who scored the first goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup finals to put the Rangers up for good, at long last?

12. When Grady Little left in Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, who scored the tying run on Jorge Posada's single?

Pick a sport-baseball, professional or college football or basketball, horse racing, boxing, or tennis-and you'll find that New York City has consistently had front-row seats for every major development and many of the most memorable events in that sport's history. Like the city itself, New York's sports history is noisy, selfimportant, and endlessly fascinating. And now, for the first time, there's a book that analyzes and ranks the city's top 100 sports events. A list to settle all arguments- or start plenty of new ones.

Stuart Miller, a fourth-generation New Yorker and veteran sportswriter, ranks the most dramatic, inspiring, and memorable events in The 100 Greatest Days In New York Sports. Richly illustrated with more than 170 photos, the book features essays for each of the top 100 greatest days in New York City sports as well as chronicling the top 25 greatest days the city's teams ever had on the road, the greatest performances by opponents against New York teams, and the worst days in New York sports. For the first time ever, one book covers all the historic highlights of modern American sports in New York City:

+John Stark's dunks over Michael Jordan in the NBA's 1993 Eastern Conference Finals.

+Man O'War's big win at Aqueduct in 1920.

+The Giants crushing the Chicago Bears in the 1956 NFLChampionship.

+The classic Ali-Frazier title fight at the Garden.

+Jackie Robinson's Major League debut.

+The return of the Subway Series (Mets vs. Yankees) in 2000.

+Jimmy Connors' 1991 romp to the US Open semifinals.

+The Rangers breaking a 54- year drought to win the 1994 Stanley Cup.

With a special foreword by the great former Mets pitcher and Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, The 100 Greatest Days in New York Sports

will inspire debate and delight for years to come. More than an entertaining history, this amazing collection is a tribute to the passion and heart of every New York-and every American-sports fan and to the great city itself.

ANSWERS

to win 43-0 12. Hideki Matsui

and Sports Illustrated picked the Colts 11. Brian Leetch

55 sportswriters also picked the Colts 10. Patrick Ewing

5. Between 17 and 19 points; 49 of 9. Bill Rodgers

4. Y.A. Tittle; Bonus: Sid Luckman

Mets

3. Pee Wee Reese Davey Johnson, manager of the 1986

8. Baltimore second baseman

Foxx, Al Simmons, Joe Cronin

7. Arthur Ashe, in 1968

2. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie

6. Chris Mullin

1. Charlie Root

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