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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

"Play Their Hearts Out", "Sports Justice", "The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan", and "His Father's Son"

For those who love them and for those who hate them, one thing that is certain about the Yankees of New York = the books keep coming.

And now there is "Yankee Classics" edited by Les Krantz, foreword by Whitey Ford with a DVD by Reggie Jackson (MVP Books, $30.00,176 pages. The attractive coffee table book chronicles the 40 World Series appearances and the 27 world  championships won by the team from the Bronx from 1921 to the Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Murderers Row 1927 team to the 1936 group that beat the Giants to the 1977, 1978 Bronx Zoo Reggie teams, to the 2000 Three Peat at the expense of the Mets, to 2009 and the "Core Four" getting the club back on top. There is much to like about the images, the summations, the history.

"Play Their Hearts Out" by George Dohrmann (Ballantine Books,$26.00, 432 pages) is a page turner, an important book. The author, a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter for SI put eight years into researching and interviewing for and writing this gem of a book focused on California youths playing basketball in particular -  Demetrius Walker, a "can't miss prospect."  Their NBA dreams, the commercialism, college recruiting, the power of sneaker companies all of this and more mingle and make the reader recoil at and reflect on what goes on in the youth basketball machine.     

"Sports Justice" by Robert I. Abrams (Northeastern University Press, $35.00, 224 pages) focuses on sports law decisions that transformed the business of sports. Of interest to legal scholars and also sports fans, Abrams cogently presents case after case.

"The C.H.I.L.D. GAME PLAN"  by Bruce A. Tollner  with Tim Enochs (REP 1 Publishing Group, $22.99, 163 pages) is a slim tome focused on how parents can make the most of their time with their children using the The C.H.I.L.D. GAME PLAN presented by the authors.

Most people have really had enough of Tiger Woods and his story. But the hits keep coming. Now there is "His Father's Son" by Tom Callaha(Gotham Books, $27.00, 284 pages). Callahan has the credentials to do a terrific job and he does up to a point. So much of the story of Tiger and his dad Earl is well known and has been wildly and widely reported. However, if you have not gotten your fill Callahan does a sensational job of writing this tale. 

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU

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