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THEY were there: New book includes favorite sports moments from several at ESPN


There are many perks associated with being involved in sports media and perhaps highest on that list is the ever-present possibility of witnessing something truly historic in person.

Those amazing moments serve as the basis for a book releasing today titled, “I Was There!,” which shares the Top 5 sports moments various media members have witnessed in person.

ESPN Commentators included in “I Was There”:

  • Michelle Beadle
  • Mike Breen
  • Freddie Coleman
  • Mike Greenberg
  • Keith Law
  • Steve Levy
  • Bob Ley
  • Chris McKendry
  • Karl Ravech
  • Bob Ryan
  • Jeremy Schaap
  • Jon Sciambi
  • Adnan Virk
  • Trey Wingo

Fourteen of the more than 60 folks included in the 332-page book are currently employed by ESPN.

“The inclusion of so much ESPN talent was an integral piece of the project,” said the book’s author, Eric Mirlis. “The network’s roster is so deep, and the experiences of everyone at the network are so extensive, that I knew that no matter who was involved, the stories I was going to be able to share were guaranteed to be incredible.”

The Top 5 memories from some of the network’s most notable names range from the 2011 WWE Survivor Series (Michelle Beadle) to a Grambling versus Morgan State football game at Yankee Stadium in 1969 (Freddie Coleman) to the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (Chris McKendry).

“Whether it was Jeremy Schaap sitting in Bucky Dent’s seats in Fenway Park when Dent launched his famous home run [in 1978], Steve Levy calling the three longest televised playoff games in NHL history or Mike Breen’s unique experience calling an NBA Finals game while a certain white Ford Bronco chase was going on at the same time, we get reminded time and time again about why we all work in this business,” Mirlis said.

But it’s not only those who work in the business who have wonderful “I Was There!” moments – Front Row asks you to share your best memories in the comments below.

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