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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

"Open" by John Feinstein (Little, Brown, 367 pages,  $25.95) is a wide ranging and often fascinating look at how the 2002 U.S. Open Championship came into existence. Sub-titled "Inside the Ropes at Bethpage Black," the book goes into much detail about people and events.

Feinstein, a best-selling author, writes with passion about how the "Black" was transformed from a sort of seedy public golf course to one called demanding, rigorous, "one of the toughest par-70 I've ever played in my life." If you want a great golfing read - here it is.

"The Golf Voodoo Kit"  by Michael Corcoran (Running Press, $9.95, 64 pages) comes with a soft, cotton doll, printed with bad and good spells, sticking-pins that are tee-shaped and funny and no so funny tips for performing spells.

"Golf Essentials for Dummies" by  Gary McCord (Running Press, 127 pages) is an over-sized hardcover loaded with tips, pics, golf speak. Great books for golfers who want to be better golfers.

One of the more inspirational books to come along in quite a while is "Alpine Achievement" by Lori J. Batcheller (lstBooks Library, $14.50, 188 pages). For someone like me who has trouble just standing upright going downhill, to read about those who ski without the benefit of both their legs, arms or even sight - - is moving and powerful.  In clear and organized language, Ms. Batcheller has pulled off an enjoyable and motivational read about the courage and spirit of the U.S. Disable Ski team.

"Play Poker Like the Pros"  by Phil Hellmuth, Jr. (Quill, $15.95, 394 pages) is tips and stories from the man considered the world's greatest poker player - seven-time winner of the World Series of Poker.  How to beat opponents in cyber-space, the fine art of bluffing, the five basic principles of poker - all of these and more amplify and expand the title of the book.

The sub-title says it's about the "dark and beautiful world of horse racing." That truly encapsulates what "Three Strides before the Wire" by Elizabeth Mitchell (Hyperion, $14.95, 403 pages) is all about.  This is a book that fuses stories of owners, trainers, jockeys, fans and gets at the history of horse racing in a fast paced narrative.

One of the more beautiful looking books in recent years is "The Pictorial History of Hockey" by Joseph Romain (Thunder Bay Press, 256 over-sized pages). Stories and images of arenas, games, players move from grainy black and white into lavish full color. The reader is there through the decades in this incredible in depth look at the great sport of hockey.

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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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