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by Harvey Frommer

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Title: "The NFL 2000 Record and Fact Book"

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Pages: 504
Price: $16.95

With facts, figures, charts and trivia filling its 504 pages, The NFL 2000 Record and Fact Book is a treasure lode of almost everything pro football fans would want to know about the sport.

Among the many items are team and individual statistics and records, career coaching records, all-time team-vs.-team results, the 75th anniversary team, the Super Bowl silver anniversary team, the 2000 NFL draft summary and a listing of Pro Football Hall of Fame members.

An especially appealing feature is the chronological history of pro football from 1869 to the birth of the NFL in 1920 to the 2000 Super Bowl victory of the St. Louis Rams. All NFL commissioners and presidents are listed in the chronology. For trivia buffs: The president in 1920 was Jim Thorpe.

Team directories provide a concise and clearly laid-out overview of each NFL franchise. For example, I was able to get the whole range and evolution of coaching history for each team at a glance. One also is able to get at a glance vital data on each team: record-holders (individual and career), club officials, mini-profiles of each member of the coaching staff, etc.

Just when you thought The Record and Fact Book had given you all the pro football information you would ever need, you come to page 365 and a list of NFL international games (the first one was Aug. 12, 1950 in Ottawa, Canada -- the New York Giants against the Ottawa Rough Riders).  And there on page 369 is a list of Monday Night Football results, going back to the show's origin in 1970. It makes for fascinating browsing.

Originally published solely for the league's front-office personnel, coaches and teams, The Record and Fact Book later was made available to the media. For the past 20 years, the general public has been able to purchase the book as well.

The NFL 2000 Record and Fact Book is a work that belongs close by throughout all the days and nights of the new NFL season. It is the definitive source.


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"Scuba Diving," by Karen Berger (W.W. Norton & Company, 224 pp., $18.95) is a comprehensive diving guide providing tips and data on the underwater sport. There are many illustrations and charts in this highly informative, manual-type guide.

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About the Author:

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. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men's Heath, The Sporting News, among other publications.

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Harvey Frommer along with his wife, Myrna Katz  Frommer are the authors of five critically acclaimed oral/cultural histories, professors at Dartmouth  College, and travel writers who specialize in cultural history, food, wine, and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. 

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