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The 25 Greatest Sports Conspiracy Theories of All Time

Elliott Kalb, Cris Collinsworth (Foreword by)


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In every sport, in every country around the world, there are fans on the losing side who know that something other than skill and luck beat their favorite team or player. Sometimes they’re actually right. That’s why sports lovers will devour this inside look at the 25 biggest myths and scandals in professional and collegiate athletics.

Elliott Kalb examines each potential outrage in detail, supporting and debunking popular beliefs along the way. In some cases, proof does exist that the “fix” was in—like the 1919 World Series thrown by the Chicago “Black” Sox players or the conspiracy to keep African Americans out of Major League Baseball until 1947. In others, there remain only whispers of wrongdoing and suspicious circumstances, including the Jets’ win in Super Bowl III and Muhammad Ali’s first-round knockout of Sonny Liston. This is sure to capture the imagination of anyone who has ever wondered what really happened behind the scenes.

Skyhorse, 9781602390898, 320pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 2007

About the Author

Elliot Kalb is best known as Mr. Stats for his broadcast work with NBC, HBO Sports, TNT, and CBS/Westwood One Radio Network. A six-time Emmy winner and the author of Who s Better, Who s Best in Baseball?, Kalb currently serves as head writer for HBO s Inside the NFL and as a consultant for NBC s Football Night in America. He lives in Caldwell, NJ.