Masters Week is here again and nothing enhances enjoyment of the present like a proper appreciation of the past. Great 1980s Sports Moments, a work of 1980s nostalgia by one who grew up amidst it, takes a look at the entire decade in sports—one that saw an exceptional amount of drama produced on this first weekend of April, as well as golf’s other major tournaments through the spring and summer. You’ll look back on the following…
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*Jack Nicklaus’ improbable sixth Masters win in 1986, at a point in his career when most assumed The Golden Bear had gone into permanent hibernation.
*The roller-coaster Craig Stadler went on in 1982, as he first stood on the precipice of an epic collapse, then turned it around for his biggest win.
*Drama at the end of the decade, with each Masters from 1987-89 offering high tension and great storylines on 18 and into overtime.
*The greatness of Tom Watson through the decade, especially in 1982 when pulled off an Open Parlay and sunk one of the most memorable shots in golf history in the process.
*How “Two-Chip Chen” took an unfortunate place in golf lore and paved the way for Andy North at the U.S. Open.
*The repeated heartbreak and occasional triumphs of Greg Norman, as consistent a golfer as there has ever been..unfortunately including consistently having majors taken from him on Sunday.
Great 1980s Sports Moments is the perfect book to have at your side as the voice of Jim Nantz broadcasts what’s unfolding at Augusta. And if you listen to audiobooks, it’s perfect for your morning commute. You’ll be immersed in golf’s legendary moments by the time late Sunday afternoon arrives and we’re all anxiously watching to see who dons the Green Jacket in 2018.
Nor are the memories limited to golf. The reader that’s passionate about sports will look back on more great moments like these…
*The epic Miracle On Ice, the improbable run of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to the gold medal and how it impacted a nation.
*The NBA’s greatest individual rivalry, Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson. Bird and Magic are intertwined with this entire decade and this book captures all of their greatest moments on the NBA’s biggest stage.
*Speaking of great individual rivalries—how about Martina Navratilova vs. Christ Evert and the showdowns that made fresh memories through the decade. On the men’s side, you’ll see the biggest matches of John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Boris Becker and more.
*How the NFL decade began with Joe Montana leading a historic drive that upended the balance of the power in pro football. And how the decade ended with Montana leading another historic drive that sealed the San Francisco 49ers Dynasty and his own place in history.
*Some of the greatest pennant races in the history of baseball, a one-game showdown that is a forgotten historical treasure and a series of memorable Octobers, especially in the middle of the decade.
*A series of NCAA basketball championship games that went down to the wire. You’ll learn further how the 1980s saw the NCAA Tournament transform into the cultural celebration that is March Madness.
*The greatest college football games of the decade, with a special look at the games that turned a small private college in Miami into a national brand known simply as “The U”.
*Historic moments in horse racing, including one race that an ABC icon called the best he had ever seen.
*Greatness in pro hockey, from the moment when the New York Islanders saved their dynasty to the excellence of Wayne Gretzky.
Great 1980s Sports Moments is a sweeping look at an entire decade, both comprehensive and concise, that is a must-have for the library of any serious reader of books about sports.