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Quest For The Cup

Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

Timely, fact-filled, historical, "Quest for the Cup" edited by Jack Falla (Thunder Bay Press, an oversized 304 pages), this book is a fascinating trip through the Stanley Cup Finals that began in 1893.

In words and more than 350 full color and black and white archival photographs, "Quest For the Cup" is an up close look and a celebration of hockey's ultimate showdown. This is a book for all sports fans, but especially for hockey fans. It documents and preserves the history of great players and at times even greater teams.

From Arcadia Publishers - two more winning entries in their "Images of Sports" series: "Harvard Football" by Bernard M. Corbett, $19.99, 128 pages and "The Orangemen" by Mike Waters, $19.99, 128 pages. Both books are slim on text but lavishly loaded with archival photos. Both books are especially worthwhile for fans of Harvard football and Syracuse University men's basketball.

"Counting Coup" by Larry Colton is now in paperback from Warner, $14.95, 434 pages. This amazing, award winning title takes us through one basketball season with Sharon LaForge, a 17-year-old Native American. The setting for this compelling book is on the banks of Little Big Horn River, and Colton meshes setting, characters and mood into a tremendous read.

"Complete Triathlon Book" by Matt Fitzgerald (Warner Books, $16.95, 276 pages) is an interesting primer of knowledge about the sport. More than two million people annually take part in triathlons all over the globe. This book will appeal to them and to those curious about the sport.

For fans in the Steel City, "Pittsburgh Sports" edited by Randy Roberts (University of Pittsburgh Press, paper, $19.00, 304 pages), is a worthy addition to their library. The book focuses on Pirates, Penguins, Steelers, Pipers (of the old American Basketball Association), et al.

Another book edited by Randy Roberts (along with David Welky) is "The Steelers Reader" (University of Pittsburgh Press, paper, $19.00, 329 pages). Everything you ever or never wanted to know about the Pittsburgh Steelers is here. A must have book for the team's legion of fans!

"One Hundred and One Years of Hockey" edited by Al Strachan (Thunder Bay Press, 304 pages) contains over 400 photographs and covers the ice sport in depth through the words and observations of five of North America's premier hockey writers. For gift giving, for browsing, for reading - this book scores big time.

For all those stock car zealots, "The Racetracks" by Mark McCarter (Sporting News Books, 230 pages, $19.95) is a concise and highly interesting look at tracks where stock cars do their thing. Another nicely put together product from Sporting News Books is "Legends of College Basketball" by Mike DeCourcy (189 pages, $24.95). From Lew Alcindor (1) through Calvin Murphy (47) to Len Bias (70) to Danny Ainge (100), this book profiles and celebrates in words, stats and pictures - 100 of the greats of college hoops. Fun reading, excellent for browsing,too.

"The Psychology of Coaching Team Sports" by Larry Leith (Sport Book Publishers, 214 pages, $19.95) and "The Great Book of Inspiring Quotations" by Peter Klavora and Dave Chambers (Sport Book Publishers, 239 pages) are both "message" type books from the same publisher. The Leith book is a self-help guide for the serious coach of any sport. The Klavora/ Chambers effort has over 1500 quotes and motivational sayings - many of them relevant to sports.

From Norval Rindfleisch comes "Standing Lessons" (iUniverse, $15.95, 278 pages), a novel focused on the life of Jack Bartley - history teacher, dorm master and coach in a private school in New England. The author has taught in private schools for more than 30 years so he knows his way around the subject matter.

Coming in May: "The Best of the Bleachers" by Steve Moore (Warner Books, $19.95, 150 pages). The book is a collection of over 300 cartoons from America's leading sports cartoonist.

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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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