Beloved sportscaster Mark Rosen presents a handpicked collection of fascinating sports memories from a range of athletes, journalists, and other prominent Minnesota voices. The Minnesota sports universe is filled with star players, memorable moments (good and bad), and controversial decisions that have long sparked debate and discussion among fans. In Mark Rosen's Book of Minnesota Sports Lists, local broadcasting legend Mark Rosen and co-author Jim Bruton present their own expert opinions and poll the biggest names from Minnesota and beyond to resolve those debates and provide the ultimate rankings of every sports question that the Minnesota fan has had to ask. No aspect of sport in Minnesota is left unturned, and Rosen includes the good, the bad, and the ugly from all levels of play: professional, college, high school, amateur, and recreational. Spanning the gamut of statewide sports - mascots, uniforms, sportswriters, movies and TV, sporting sites, and more - Rosen and Bruton explore the greatest on-field accomplishments, the biggest front-office gaffes, the forgotten heroes, the blown calls, and the scandals. Drawing from timeless Minnesota sports figures that include coaching legends, top athletes, journalists, and prominent public figures, the more than 100 lists included in Mark Rosen's Book of Minnesota Sports Lists will fascinate, infuriate, and invigorate Minnesota sports fans of all ages and passions.
Mark Rosen, sports director at WCCO Television in Minneapolis, MN, has been with the station for over four decades. Starting in broadcast journalism at the age of 17, he has long been a favorite of local and regional audiences, and he was named Best TV Sports Anchor of 2011 by the City Pages. The recipient of numerous journalism awards, he has hosted his own show, Rosen's Sports Sunday, for more than 30 years. Mark has a phenomenal gift for connecting with his listeners, and he continues to bring his charismatic and enthusiastic expertise to his audiences through his daily television news broadcasts and KFAN radio gigs, as well as through social media platforms. His role in the community and with charity organizations has been worthy of the highest esteem.
Jim Bruton spent 35 years in the field of corrections and retired as the warden of Minnesota's maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights. A member of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team from 1965 to 1966, Bruton is the author of several books, including The Big House, A Tradition of Purple, Gopher Glory, and We Love Our Twins. He is also the co-author of Lou Nanne's A Passion to Win and Frank Tarkenton's Every Day Is Game Day. He lives in White Bear Lake, MN.