In 2010, our Public Program series welcomed an all-star lineup: journalist and then-New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, The New Yorker‘s Adam Gopnik, and boxing writer and sports historian Bert Sugar (who sadly, passed away in 2012). The subject of their talk was an irresistible one for any sports fan who’s missing the action during lockdown: longshots, underdogs, and the most memorable moments in New York sports. Enjoy an audio recording of the evening below as our panelists break down delightful stories about Joe Namath’s Jets, the Amazin’ Mets, Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, and much more.
Longshots and Underdogs: Great Moments in New York Sports
Jan. 26, 2010
A jam session about those who beat the odds and shocked the world of sports. Three experts turn back the clock, stopping to visit the long-suffering Brooklyn Dodgers and their triumph over the Yankees in 1955, the Miracle Mets of 1969, the Cinderella Jets and their famous upset at Super Bowl III, and the New York Rangers, who ended more than 50 years of Stanley Cup futility in 1994. With boxing and horse racing added to the mix!
Top image: Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in a promotional photo (El Gráfico)