Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History review

Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History

Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History by Mike Pesca

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book was…fine. I think I didn’t appreciate it as much as I could of because I’m not a huge sports fan (plus I have a terrible memory), so a lot of the chapters were, I’m guessing, very clever about mentioning things that didn’t really happen, etc. But a lot of it was lost on me.

I bought the book because I saw Jon Bois wrote a chapter, and as expected “What If Basketball Rims Were Smaller Than Basketballs?” was funny! Other chapters I particularly enjoyed were:
– “What If Billie Jean King Had Lost to Bobby Riggs?” – I grew up in Houston and had heard of the Battle of the Sexes, but didn’t realize it was such a big deal at the time!
– “What If a Blimp Full of Money Had Exploded over World Track Headquarters in 1952?” – this one wasn’t super interesting but the premise is pretty hilarious 🙂
– “What If Baseball Teams Only Played Once a Week?” – I had read an article about this premise before (maybe by the same guy?) but it was still pretty interesting.
– “What If Nat ‘Sweetwater’ Clifton’s Pass Hadn’t Gone Awry?” – Lots of interesting stuff about the New York Renaissance, an all-black professional basketball team in the 1940’s that almost got to join the NBA.
– “What If Game 7 of the 2016 World Series Had Turned Into Every Sports Movie Ever Made?” – pretty funny, even if I’m pretty sure I only got like 20% of the references 🙂


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