The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies

The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies

Featuring the 100 Greatest Sports Films of All Time

By Ray Didinger; Glen Macnow; Gene Hackman (Foreword by)

Running Press Book Publishers, Paperback, 9780762435487, 352pp.

Publication Date: September 2009

Guys love movies. Especially sports movies, where every underdog has his day, every team achieves glory, and every hero gets his moment of redemption. Next to watching "Monday Night Football," there's nothing more enjoyable than plopping down on the couch with the remote and a bottle of beer and firing up the special-edition DVD of "Rocky," "Hoosiers," "Caddyshack," or any other fan favorite.

Now, two nationally renowned sports media personalities take on the task of ranking the top 100 sports movies of all time, including entertaining and informative lists, special features, and contributions from over 75 top sports figures. From drama to comedy to tragedy to documentary, all the greatest sports films are here, brought to life through detailed summaries, fun facts and trivia, behind-the-scenes revelations, plus images from the greatest moments in sports film history.

Original comments from some of the top personalities in sports and entertainment including Peyton and Eli Manning, Charles Barkley, Tony Romo, James Gandolfini, Bill Parcells, Dennis Quaid, Arnold Palmer, and many more provide further insight and marketing punch.

About the Author
Ray Didinger has won four Emmy Awards as a writer and producer at NFL Films. Before that, he was a reporter covering the National Football League for The Philadelphia Bulletin, and later The Philadelphia Daily News. In 1995 he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Dick McCann Memorial Award for long and distinguished reporting of pro football. He is the author (with Robert S. Lyons) of "The Eagles Encyclopedia," and a weekly commentator and panelist on Comcast SportsNet's Post Game Live show during the football season.

Glen Macnow is a former reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He brings his vast knowledge of sports to listeners on SportsRadio 610 WIP. Glen lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Gene Hackman is the coauthor of two previous novels, Justice for None and Wake of the Perdido Star, with Daniel Lenihan, a leading underwater archaeologist who writes frequently for Natural History magazine and is the author of Submerged. Hackman and Lenihan have been friends and neighbors for over a decade and live with their families in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Praise For The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies

The Boston Globe, November 1, 2009
“…this book is great fun.”

The Oregonian, November 18, 2009
"…fun arguments and rental tips, and this book is full of all sorts of interesting facts."

Patriot-News, December 14, 2009
"…light and fun and can be busted open at any page. … The joy of any book like this is that is spurs friendly debate. This one should be on-hand at every bar in America. It's that good as a reference souce. But it's also speckled with bits of reporting and strewn with factoids and anecdotes that even devoted fans of these movies might not know. …a terrific casual read."

Bill Conlin, Philadelphia Daily News, February 2, 2010
“The 'Ultimate Book of Sports Movies' will be required reading in school - the famed UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television, that is…I am blown away by how good it is, how painstakingly researched, cleverly arranged and augmented by little sidebars and essays…. If you love sports and film, this is an irresistible and superbly crafted read, one of the best books written by any authors with local roots not named Bissinger, Dexter, Bowden or Poe.”

The Florida Times- Union, May 23, 2010
“…more than just a list. It’s a deeply researched book that summarizes each movie and gives fascinating background on how each was produced.”