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Sports in America: 1980–1989, Second Edition
  • Authored by: Michael Teitelbaum; Foreword by Larry Keith
  • From the Series: Sports in America
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 1604134550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-455-1
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $39.95
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 07/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 796
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 96


Nicknamed the "greed" decade, the 1980s served as a backdrop for the beginning of the end of the cold war, the boon of spaceflight, and over-the-top pop culture. During this time, the U.S. men's hockey team triumphed over the heavily favored Soviet Union team to win gold at the 1980 Olympic Games, the first American won the Tour de France, and Bo Jackson made history by simultaneously playing baseball and football at the pro level. 1980–1989, Second Edition showcases these standout moments in sports, with vivid photographs, handy reference features, and colorful narration.

Highlights include:

  • The U.S. hockey team wins the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics, defeating the much-favored Soviet Union team in a dramatic upset
  • Carl Lewis breaks the world indoor long-jump record in 1982
  • In 1983 the New York Islanders become the second NHL team to win the Stanley Cup in four consecutive years
  • The Lakers and the Celtics meet for the ninth time in the NBA finals in 1985, and for the first time the Lakers win
  • Greg LeMond wins the 1986 Tour de France, becoming the first man from the United States to do so
  • Bo Jackson, already playing baseball for the Kansas City Royals, signs to play pro football the same year with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987.


Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Sidebars. Resources. Index.

About the Author(s)

Michael Teitelbaum is a prolific author of books on many subjects for young readers. Among his recent books are Jackie Robinson: Champion For Equality, Baseball, Television, and Sports Broadcasting, plus the six-book series Backyard Sports. Teitelbaum is a former children's magazine editor.

Series foreword author Larry Keith is former assistant managing editor of Sports Illustrated. He is a creator of SI Kids and was the editor of the official Olympic programs in 1996, 2000, and 2002. He is a former adjunct professor of sports journalism at Columbia University and is a member of the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.

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