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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

The Only Game in Town and Other Sporting Reads


Fay Vincent 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, 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.
Highly recommended.

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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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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