Dark Horses & Underdogs: The Greatest Sports Upsets of All by Les Krantz

By Les Krantz

Excellent for activities lovers old and young, here's a tremendous, oversize ebook that includes the 50 maximum activities upsets of all time-including an action-packed DVD of fantastic clips that may be loved back and again.Everyone loves an underdog, and during this marvelous assortment choked with pictures, the main astonishing triumphs and comebacks in activities historical past are provided in a single beautiful quantity. that includes the amazing groups, Olympians, and different athletes who weren+t given an opportunity at victory, darkish HORSES AND UNDERDOGS is ready how they overcame very unlikely odds and triumphed within the face of notable adversity. The accompanying DVD documentary-narrated by means of award-winning sportscaster Jim Lampley of HBO and NBC Sports-includes newsreels, interviews, and online game photos as an ideal supplement to all of the motion featured within the ebook. many of the vintage suits and occasions incorporated are Seabiscuit+s successful Horse of the yr season in 1938; the 1969 -Miracle+ long island Mets; Joe Namath and the hot York Jets+ old victory in large Bowl III; the 1980 united states Olympic Hockey Team+s win over the Soviet Union, and plenty of, many extra.

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First, the batting average ignores other ways that a batter can safely reach base without getting a hit. A player who draws many walks or who is hit by many pitches puts a runner on first base for his team and does not make an out, just as a hit does. C. 1007/978-1-4419-6269-0_2, C Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 21 22 CHAPTER 2 have some additional benefits over these other methods of reaching base, such as advancing runners; however, batters who walk frequently have more value compared to batters with the same batting average who rarely walk.

Overnight, Lugo went from hot prospect to roster-filler fodder. Up until that time, Lugo had been known by a different name, Esmailyn Gonzalez, and he was not 19. Carlos Lugo was 23 years old—four years older than he claimed to be. But what is the big deal? Lugo is not the first player to falsify his age; in fact, the ages of Latin American players have been somewhat of a joke for many years. When Alfonso Soriano was traded to the Rangers from the Yankees, it became known that he was 28, not 26 as he had previously claimed.

Releasing Thomas did not erase the initial bad decision of signing him to a big contract. By cutting Thomas, the Blue Jays lost the rights to a diminished, but still productive, hitter. The Oakland A’s immediately picked up Thomas, for whom he generated over $2 million for the remainder of the season, which represents revenue that could have been used to help cover Thomas’s salary; therefore, Thomas-as-an-asset still had positive value that the Blue Jays gave away. A lesson from the principles of microeconomics is that shutting down isn’t always the correct response to losses.

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