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LUCKIEST MAN and Other Interesting Reads

There has been so much written about Lou Gehrig, so many books, so many articles. All baseball fans have probably seen "The Lou Gehrig Story" with Gary Cooper multiple times.

So "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig"  by Jonathan Eig (Simon and Schuster, $26.00, 420 pages) had a tough road to hoe and potholes to avoid, if you pardon the metaphors and allusions.

Eig does a good job. There is much of interest, much new awareness, and much writing with an attitude. The 200 or so pages of previously unpublished correspondence to and from Gehrig, the 100 or so interviews - all give the book depth and heft. If you like baseball bios and are a fan of the "Iron Horse," this is a good summer read.

"Bulldog Madness" by Wilton Sharpe (Cumberland House Publishing, $12.95, 256 pages) is recommended reading for all fans of the Georgia Bulldogs. It is clear, concise  and full of facts.  Also from Cumberland House comes "Packer Pride By Alan Ross ($12.95,  271 pages), perfect reading for Pack zealots.

"The Summer That Saved Baseball" by Dave Kaval and Brad Null (Cumberland House, $16.95, 332 pages) tells the tale of two Stanford guys following graduation in the summer of 1998 touring the major league ballparks for 38 days  - lots of inside stuff.

"Wrong Side of the Wall" by Eric Stone (Lyons Press, $21.95, 310 pages) is an in depth and carefully put together look at the life of Blackie Schwamb, the greatest prison baseball player of all time. Schwamb was a 22-year-old riser as a hurler for the old St. Louis Browns. A year later he was imprisoned for a brutal murder.

For those interested in the story behind "Cinderella Man" "Braddock" is the book for you.  Written by Jim Hague (Chamberlain Brothers, $9.95, 176 pages, paper) - it is a captivating read.

From Lake Claremont Press comes  "Wrigley Field's Last World Series: The Wartime Chicago Cubs and the Pennant in 1945" by Charles N. Billington ( $16.95, 321 pages). The title and sub-title of the book contains a nice summary of what this nostalgic tome is all about. Required reading for baseball history buffs. 


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Harvey Frommer is in his  38th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to acclaim in 2011.  The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One. 

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