Frommer on Sports
The Only Game in Town and Other Sporting Reads
was once Commissioner of Baseball. He was also once an entertainment
and business executive. Now the multi-talented author of "The Last
Commissioner" turns his attention to baseball stars of the 1930s and
1940s as they talk about their time in the national pastime.
Ee are there listening to the old stories, the grand times in the
voices of ten from that era - - Elden Auker, Bob Feller, Tommy Henrich,
Buck O'Neill, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, Warren Spahn, Larry Doby,
Ralph Kiner and Monte Irvin. For many, the stories have been heard
before, for some, they will be brand new. For all, it is good to have
them within the pages of one book.
From Wiley Publishers comes two books with attitude: "In The Best
Interests of Baseball" by Andrew Zimbalist ($24.95, 250 pages) and
"Winners" by Dan Perry ( $24.95, 248 pages). The Zimbalist tome tracks
the history of baseball commissioners from the bigoted Judge Kenesaw
Mountain Landis to the seemingly always under fire Bud Selig. This is
a thoughtful book, an important book. Perry's effort examines each
baseball team that played post-season baseball since 1980 to explain
in his phrase - 'How Good Baseball Teams Become Great Ones (And It's
Not the Way You Think). The regular contributor to Fox.com, Perry
knows his stuff and struts it in "Winners," a winner of a book.
"When Chicago Rules Baseball" by Bernard A. Weisberger (William
Morrow, $24,95, 209 pages) is a tightly and clearly focused book on
the World Series in the Windy City between the Cubs and the White Sox.
Blending historical accounts from the writers of that time with his
own insightful narrative, Weisberger brings back that long ago dead
ball baseball time and personalities.
Now in paperback: "The Ticket Out" by Michael Sokolove (Simon and
Schuster, $14.00, 299 pages) is the sad story of Daryl Strawberry and
his high school cronies. Recommended.
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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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