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Greatest Moments in Sports
by Len Berman
Order:  USA  Can
Sourcebooks, 2009 (2009)

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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Award-winning sportscaster Len Berman looks back into history to come up with the top 25 moments in sports. Any subjective list like this is open to discussion and debate. Berman recognizes that fact and addresses it in the book's introduction: 'You may or may not agree with my choices, but for each moment, I'll tell you why I thought it was one of the greatest,' he writes. 'It could be the drama of the moment. Perhaps it was historical or just plain amazing. But in every case, the moment is great.'

A sampling of these great moments includes Hank Aaron beating Babe Ruth's home run record, Wayne Gretzky breaking the NHL scoring record, Brandi Chastain's World Cup winning penalty kick, and Secretariat (Big Red) winning the Triple Crown in 1973. Other athletes you'll meet as they experience a moment of glory include Michael Phelps, Nadia Comaneci, Arthur Ashe, David Tyree, Wilt Chamberlain, Richard Petty and Roger Bannister.

Each discussion of the 25 top moments in sports is accompanied by a wealth of photos and sidebars. Also, a CD featuring ten actual broadcasts of events mentioned in the book is included, so you'll hear the call of Michael Jordan's championship buzzer-beater and the description of a football catch so great that it is still referred to as the immaculate reception.

Although it is listed as juvenile nonfiction, this attractive and well-designed volume will appeal to a wide range of sports fans, not just young people. If nothing else, the book should generate a dialogue between youngsters and adults about what other moments should have been included. And in some cases, parents or grandparents may be able share with their children or grandchildren what they remember about the 25 events included in the book.

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