Rivals! The Ten Greatest American Sports Rivalries of the 20thCentury presents the most memorable rivalries in over a hundredyears of American sports history. * Examines ten of the greatest American sports rivalries of thepast century, relating them to their broader historicalcontext * Includes the rivalries between the Boston Red Sox and the NewYork Yankees, Duke and North Carolina, Joe Frazier and MuhammadAli, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, Chris Evert and MartinaNavratilova, and more * Draws upon the most recent works of sport historians, as wellas hundreds of books, articles, and newspaper accounts * Reveals a deep understanding of American sports history andAmerican popular culture * Features 30 images that bring the rivalries vividly tolife
Richard O. Davies is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he teaches courses in 20th-century American History, American Ideas and Values, and the History of American Sports. His books include Main Street Blues: The Decline of Small-Town America (1998), America s Obsession: Sports and Society Since 1945 (1994), Betting the Line: Sports Wagering in American Life (2001), and Sports in American Life: A History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007).
Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1 Fight Fiercely: Harvard and Yale Create the First GreatFootball Rivalry. 2 "We Hate Each Other's Guts": The Dodgers and the Giants. 3 Battle Along Tobacco Road: Duke and North CarolinaBasketball. 4 Mayhem on the Midway: The Bears and the Packers. 5 Shootin' Irons: The Jack Nicklaus-Arnold Palmer GolfRivalry. 6 Cross-Country Conflict: The Celtics and the Lakers. 7 The Bull and the Butterfly: The Never-Ending Rivalry BetweenJoe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. 8 Friendly Foes: Chrissie and Martina. 9 "Dearest Enemies": Michigan-Ohio State Football. 10 East Coast Baseball Rivalry: The Red Sox and the Yankees. Further Reading. Index.