SOMERSWORTH, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a provocative new book, Boston’s 100 Greatest Games, author Rob Sneddon has ranked the 100 greatest games in Boston sports history.
Sneddon, an award-winning journalist, used a four-part formula (explained in detail at http://www.100greatestgames.com/book-introduction/) to determine the top 100—a list that includes games from the 2013 World Series as well as from the nineteenth century. “I wanted the list to represent the greatest games of all time—not just of our time,” Sneddon said.
The goal, Sneddon added, was to put Boston’s current “Golden Age” of sports into historical perspective. “What’s extraordinary about Boston’s recent run of success isn’t just the eight championships since 2002,” Sneddon said. “It’s that every one of those championships involved such a high level of drama. The Patriots have won three Super Bowls by a total of nine points. The Bruins played more seventh games than any other team in NHL history en route to the 2011 Stanley Cup. The Celtics had the biggest single-game comeback in NBA Finals history when they won the championship in 2008. And of course the Red Sox had that history-making rally against the Yankees in 2004 and that worst-to-first turnaround in 2013.
“So I wanted to compare those games against classics like Game Six of the 1975 World Series, with Carlton Fisk’s famous walk-off home run; the Celtics’ ‘Havlicek stole the ball!’ game against Wilt Chamberlain’s 76ers in 1965; Bobby Orr’s Stanley Cup-clinching goal in 1970—and even great college games like Doug Flutie’s ‘Miracle in Miami.’
“Putting all those memorable games into some kind of rational order was a lot of fun for me as a writer—and I’m sure it will be the same way for any Boston sports fan who reads the book. Even those who disagree with me.”
Boston’s 100 Greatest Games is available through Amazon and other outlets. For review copies, excerpts, or author interviews, contact Rob Sneddon at 603-692-4272, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @boston100games.