The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists (Completely Revised and Updated Edition)

The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists (Completely Revised and Updated Edition)

by Glen Macnow, Big Daddy Graham

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When it comes to sports talk, no city has more to say than Philadelphia.

With their 2007 The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists, WIP sports radio hosts Glen Macnow and Big Daddy Graham compiled dozens of sports lists to stir up dialog and debate within the buzzing Philadelphia sports community (and beyond).

A lot has happened in Philly sports since 2007 — the Phillies' 2008 World Series win; the Eagles' record-breaking 2017 season, now-famous Philly Special play, and Super Bowl LII victory over the Patriots; the Sixers' "Trust the Process" campaign; and, of course, Gritty — so now Glen and Big Daddy are back with dozens of new lists to keep the conversation fresh, ranking things like:
  • The most overrated and underrated players in Philly sports history
  • The top 10 Philadelphia sports quotes
  • The 10 worst Eagles draft picks ever
  • The greatest duos in Philly sports history
  • The 10 best sports movies set in Philadelphia
  • The worst bosses in Philly sports history
  • and much more!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762496082
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 730,612
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Glen Macnow has been a host on Philadelphia's WIP sports talk radio for more than twenty years, following a career as a sportswriter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has written more than 15 books.

Big Daddy Graham has been with WIP for twenty years. He is one of the most successful standup comics ever in Philadelphia, working more than 4,000 shows and appearing with stars such as Ray Charles and Smokey Robinson. He was previously a features reporter for FOX-29 TV in Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Ten Greatest Athletes from the PA Suburbs Glen 1

Ten Greatest Athletes from the Great City of Philadelphia (to Kell with the Suburbs!) Big Daddy 3

Ten Greatest Athletes from South Jersey Reuben Frank 6

Bight Greatest Athletes from Delaware Peter Mucha 9

Ten Best Philly Pro Players Not Born in This Country 11

Guys Who Were a Pleasure to Coach-and Guys Who Were a Challenge Billy Cunningham 13

Best Rookie Seasons 15

Questlove's All-Time Favorite Philly Athletes (Questlove) 18

Stars Who Played Their Entire Careers in Philly 19

Philly Stars Who Looked Weird in Another Uniform 21

Ten Fastest Philly Athletes 23

Guys Who Came Out of Nowhere 25

The Best and Worst Sportswriters in Philadelphia Angelo Cataldi 27

Ten Best Movies Set in Philadelphia 30

Ten Oscar Acceptance Speeches Big Daddy Would Like to Hear 32

Ten Worst Eagles Draft Picks Ever 34

The Greatest Duos in Philadelphia Sports History 36

My 10 Favorite Days in Philadelphia Jay Wright 39

Best Complimentary Nicknames 40

Best Nicknames That Were Meant as Anything but a Compliment 43

Guys Whose Names Sound Dirty (but Aren't) 45

Nine Old-Time Baseball Players We'd Want to Party With 46

Spelling Bee 47

The Great Philadelphia Nickname Quiz 49

Ten Greatest Female Athletes in Local History Lisa Raymond 51

The 10 Best Things about the Palestra 53

Top Philadelphia College Basketball Coaches of All Time John Chaney 54

Ten High School Coaches I Had the Most Trouble Against Speedy Morris 56

Philadelphia Athletes Who Had Memorable Run-ins with the Law 58

Philly Athletes Who Acted-The Best and the Worst 60

The Five Toughest Point Guards I Ever Faced Maurice Cheeks 64

Toughest Guys in Flyers History Bob Kelly 65

The Worst Goalies in Flyers History Anthony SanFilippo 67

A Philadelphia Frankenstein 69

Ten Local Athletes Who Don't Need a Mask on Halloween 72

Big Daddy's Favorite Chrome Domers 74

Glen's List of Guys with Great Hair and Guys with Bad Hair 76

The Greatest Players, Teams, and Games in Big 5 History Phil Martelli 79

My Most Memorable Eagles Calls Merrill Reese 82

My Favorite Voices Joe Conklin 86

Ten Funniest People from Philadelphia 87

Johnny Callison's Memories of 1964 89

The Best Philly Players Who Never Won a Championship 91

Thrilling-and Crushing-Endings 93

Harvey Holiday's Top 10 Philadelphia Soul Records 98

Big Daddy's Favorite Songs That Mention Philly 99

Glen's Most Inspirational Athletes 101

Big Daddy's Seven More Inspirational People 104

The Top 10 Eagles Special Teamers Ike Reese 106

The Worst Bosses in Philadelphia Sports History 108

Ten Most Important Beers in Philadelphia History Joe Sixpack 110

Ten Best Philly Area Sports Bars Jim Fris 112

The Best Cheeseburger in the Delaware Valley-A Debate 113

Glen's History of Food Hunts 116

My Favorite Philadelphia Restaurants Brandon Brooks 118

The 10 Best Moments of the Eagles' Super Bowl Season John Barchard Eliot Shorz-Parks James Seltzer 119

Touched by God 121

The Greatest and Worst Flyers Games Ever Ed Snider 123

More Greatest and Worst Flyers Games (Since 2001) Jim Jackson 125

The Best Team Nicknames 127

Ten Things Big Daddy Doesn't Get about the NHL 129

Ten Things Glen Doesn't Get about the NBA 130

My Favorite Moments from the Phils' Great Run from 2007 to 2011 Joe DeCamara 132

Ten Greatest Pro Coaches in Philly History 135

The Best Trades in Philadelphia History 137

The Worst Trades in Philadelphia Sports History 140

The Top Latino Sports Stars in Philadelphia History Hackle Ricardo 142

Top 10 Most Hated Personalities in Football 144

Top 10 Most Hated Personalities in Baseball 146

Top 10 Most Hated Personalities in Hockey 147

Top 10 Most Hated Personalities in Basketball 149

Ten More Hated Nonathletes 151

The ABCs of Philly Pro Sports-Part 1 153

The Best Assistant Coaches 156

False Saviors 158

Ten Athletes or Coaches We Were Wrong About Joe Giglio 160

Clutch and Non-Clutch Philadelphia Sports Figures (and a Few Who Were Both) 162

Best One-on-One Rivalries 168

The Classiest People in Philadelphia Sports History Bill Campbell 170

Little Giants 172

The Five Greatest Receivers in Eagles History Tommy McDonald 174

Greatest Mcs and Macs 175

Ten Eagles Players That Fans Never Liked Jon Marks 177

The Best and Worst Free Agents in Philadelphia History 180

My Favorite Airport Interviews John Clark 184

Ten Best Philadelphia Sports Beards 187

Big Daddy's Favorite Things about the Jersey Shore-2019 Edition 189

My 10 Favorite Drummers (David Uosikkinen, of fee Hooters) 192

The Best-and Worst-Renditions of the Pregame Anthems Lauren Hart 194

Ten Eagles Who Were Better Than You Thought Ray Didinger 196

Best In-Season Player Acquisitions 198

The Best Eagles Defensive Backs from the Past 30 Years Mike Quick 200

Philly Athletes to Play in Two Different Leagues 202

The Best Philadelphia Baseball Players to Play in Both Leagues 204

My Favorite Phillies Names to Announce Dan Baker 206

My Favorite Hockey Names to Call Out Lou Nolan 208

Ten Favorite Celebrity Fans 210

My Favorite Sixer Bell Ringers Matt Cord 212

My Five Favorite Sam Hinkie Trades Spike Eskin 213

Our Favorite Johnsons 215

Ten Terrible Commercials Starring Philadelphia Sports Figures 217

The Greatest Sports Movies Ever-A Debate 219

My Favorite Sports Movies Claude Giroux 223

Best Performances by an Actress in a Sports Movie 224

Philadelphia's Ultimate Pickup Team Sonny Hill 226

The Worst Coaches and Managers in Philadelphia History 228

Most Memorable News Conferences Michael Barkann 230

Ten Philly Athletes Who Jumped to Broadcasting 233

The Best Guys I've Been Around with the Phillies Larry Andersen 235

What If… 237

Ten Extremely Lucky Philadelphia Athletes 241

Once-in-a-Lifetime Weirdness 243

The Best and Worst Second Acts in Philadelphia Sports 245

Hall of Famers Who Played Better Elsewhere 249

Top 10 Sports Podcasts Mike Angelina 252

The ABCs of Philly Pro Sports-Part 2 254

Ten Sports "Things" Philadelphia Could Really Use 260

My Favorite Phillies Memories Harry Kalas 262

My Favorite Phillies Memories Scott Franzke 264

The 101 Best Philadelphia Athletes in the Last 50 Years 267

Photo Credits 279

Index 281

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