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