Got Your Number: The Greatest Sports Legends and the Numbers They Own (Hardcover)
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ESPN personality (Get Up and #Greeny) and New York Times bestselling author Mike Greenberg partners with mega-producer Hembo to settle once and for all which legends flat-out own which numbers. In short essays certain to provoke debate between and amongst all generations, Greeny uses his lifetime of sports knowledge to spin yarns of the legends among the legends and tell you why some have claimed their spot in the top 100 of all time.
Sports and numbers go hand in hand.
Sports and loud, assertive debate? Even better.
Cheering on, agonizing over, and being in plain awe of your favorite players has left you with a deep and intricate memory of their greatness, not to mention well-honed arguments as to why your favorites are really the best. In arenas, in front of your TV, and in bars, you’ve debated friends and strangers alike. You’ve joyfully mocked your friends’ (sometimes laughable) favorites. You’ve spouted accomplishments, statistics: Yours won six titles, batted .350 in the clutch, or generated 82% of their team’s scoring.
But not all numbers are created equal. Some are accomplishments. Others are identity.
Looming large over any image you have of an athlete: the number on their jersey. Numbers often provide the most visceral parts of any sports legend’s identity. They are what people remember—worldwide. Jordan, Jeter, Brady—to fans, they are as much their number as they are anything else.
Sure, 1 through 100 might seem like a large range, but fierce competition across the ages has blessed only a lucky few to claim one of these as their own. For some, the victors may not be so obvious. That’s why Greeny’s here to help.
Ascend into discussion, fans of all stripes. Come away enlightened. Or maybe a little enraged. Either way, you are sure to be occasionally surprised—and endlessly entertained. Whatever your sport, welcome to the place where all the arguments are finally decided, once and for all.
About the Author
Mike Greenberg has been among the signature faces, and voices, of ESPN for more than a quarter century. He is currently the host of Get Up (ESPN), NBA Countdown (ABC and ESPN), #Greeny (ESPN Radio), and Bettor Days (ESPN+). He previously co-hosted Mike and Mike with Mike Golic, for which the duo has been inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Mike is the author of several previous books, and multiple NY TImes best-sellers. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and a member of the Medill Hall of Achievement. Mike and his wife Stacy have two children, and reside in New York City.
"Greeny looks at sports history with the eye of a storyteller. I knew I cared about these athletes, but Got Your Number reminded me of why I should care about what they accomplished."
—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Greeny's book isn't just a fun read. It's a guide to winning every sports debate for the rest of your life.”
—Seth Wickersham, ESPN Senior Writer, New York Times bestselling author of It’s Better to Be Feared
“The way Mike Greenberg lays things out is nothing short of spectacular. He’s already in a couple of Halls of Fame, and after this book, I’m assuming another is on the way. A fantastic book with fabulous information.”
—Pat McAfee, sports analyst and retired ball kicker
“Mike Greenberg and sports are synonymous—my favorite sports memories all have his voice attached.”
—Emmanuel Acho, New York Times bestselling author of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
“In the introduction to this fabulous book, Mike wisely and wonderfully notes that sports can bring people together by fostering conversation, something he has done throughout his spectacular career and now does again with these terrific essays.”
—Amy Trask, sports executive and Princess of Darkness
"A wonderfully inspiring book..."