When Harvard came back from a 16-point deficit with less than a minute to go to tie Yale in their now-famous 1968 gridiron tilt, the headline in the Harvard Crimson the following Monda proudly boasted, "Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29." This and nineteen other improbable comebacks are the subjects of Wilner and Rappoport's latest volume of extraordinary achievements from the world of sports, and include the 1914 "miracle" Braves, Billy Casper's incredible rally to beat Arnold Palmer in the 1966 U.S. Open, the New York Giants' magical playoff run in 1951, and others. Also included are sidebars on individual athletes whose "combacks" included overcoming disease (i.e. Lance Armstrong) and reviving a career (i.e. Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali).
Barry Wilner has been a sports writer for the Associated Press since 1975. He has covered virtually every major sporting event, including ine Olympics, seven world cups, 19 Super Bowls, the World Series, and Stanley Cup finals. He has written eighteen books. He lives in Garnerville, New York.
Ken Rappoport covered every major sport out of New York for 30 years and was the Associated Press' national hockey writer for 13 years. He lives in Old Bridge, New Jersey.