Sports Rivalries

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The Kansas City Public Library and Metro Sports are partnering for the theatrical premiere of the feature-length documentary, Border War on November 3 at the Plaza Branch. This documentary, produced by Metro Sports, examines the history of the athletic rivalry between the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas. Read about other sports rivalries or KU and MU athletics in these books at the Library.

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Sports Rivalries

Emperors and Idiots book jacket

Emperors and Idiots: The Hundred-Year Rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, From the Very Beginning to the End of the Curse
By Mike Vaccaro
With incredible energy and access, leading sports columnist Mike Vaccaro chronicles the history of the greatest rivalry in sports – between the Yankees and the Red Sox – and the two stunning American League Championship Series that define a century of baseball.

Blue Blood: Duke-Carolina, Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops
By Art Chansky
From sports writer Chansky comes a history of one of basketball's greatest rivalries: the Duke Blue Devils and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Rivalry: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and the Golden Age of Basketball
By John Taylor
Journalist John Taylor offers a masterly and brilliantly written account of basketball's golden age, as viewed through its greatest rivalry: the one between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.

The Game of the Century: Nebraska vs. Oklahoma in College Football's Ultimate Battle
By Michael Corcoran
This book follows college football's ultimate battle – the Nebraska vs. Oklahoma game, November 25, 1971. Combining a history of college football with in-depth interviews, author Michael Corcoran tells it all: the play-by-play strategies and techniques, the personalities of the players and coaches who conceived the plans and executed them, the formations and intricate blocking schemes that spelled victory or defeat.

KU & MU Sports

Beware of the Phog book jacket

Beware of the Phog: 50 Years of Allen Fieldhouse
By Doug Vance and Jeff Bollig
In the world of college basketball, few structures can match the aura of the massive limestone edifice situated on the University of Kansas campus known as Allen Fieldhouse. Dedicated on March 1, 1955, it marked the largest campus arena in the nation for a significant period of time. This book chronicles its history.

Game of My Life: Kansas – Memorable Moments of Jayhawks Basketball
By Steve Buckner
Players from the 1988 NCAA Championship basketball squad share their insights into their defeat of rival Oklahoma in the national championship game in this chronicle.

Stadium Stories: Missouri Tigers
By Brian Peterson
This book provides a history of Missouri Tigers football. It covers the border war with the Kansas Jayhawks, Coach Don Faurot, Coach Dan Devine, quarterback Brad Smith, and more.

Stormin' Back: Missouri Basketball Coach Norm Stewart's Battles On and Off the Court
By Norm Stewart with John Dewey
This biography covers the life and career of Norm Stewart, head basketball coach for 32 seasons at the University of Missouri from 1967 to 1999.

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