Sports on Film
by Johnny D. Boggs
October 2021, 220pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7555-7
$70, £54, 61€, A96
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7556-4
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Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, played himself in the 1950 movie The Jackie Robinson Story, and a magazine journalist once tried out for the National Football League’s Detroit Lions.

Sports on Film takes readers behind the scenes of how movies get made and puts them in the stands for some of the key moments in sports in America.

Sports on Film documents key events in American sports history through the films that depict them, starting with the integration of major-league baseball when Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Other significant events and personalities examined include the college basketball point-shaving incident of the 1950s; journalist George Plimpton’s attempt to go through the Detroit Lions’ NFL training camp in the early 1960s; the originations and popularity of rodeo; the brief run of women’s professional baseball during World War II; the underdog racehorse Seabiscuit during the Great Depression; the rise of African American boxer Muhammad Ali; the unique 1970s “Battle of the Sexes” tennis event between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King; and Ford Motor Company’s run in the 1960s to take motorsports to Europe’s premier event in Le Mans, France.


  • Provides a history of the rise of popularity of sports in the United States
  • Examines filmmaking through the lens of sports
  • Provides readers with a behind-the-scenes look at how movies get made
  • Examines the best and the worst of American sports
Johnny D. Boggs is an award-winning freelance magazine writer, novelist, and film historian living in Santa Fe, NM. A native of South Carolina, he is a former newspaper journalist who was assistant sports editor at the Dallas Times Herald and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. His website is

Hollywood History

Just exactly how accurate are Hollywood's film and television portrayals of U.S. history? What do these portrayals tell us, not only about the events they depict, but also the time in which they were made? Each volume in this unique reference series is devoted to a single topic or key theme in U.S. history, examining approximately 10 major motion pictures or television productions. Substantial essays summarize each film, provide a historical background of the event or period it depicts, and explain how accurate the film’s depiction is, while also analyzing the cultural context in which the film was made.
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