Glory" and other Worthy Reads
Frommer on Sports
For those Notre Dame football fans out there and
they are legion - -and for all those interested in the collegiate
gridiron scene - "Return to Glory" by Alan Grant (Little Brown and
Company, $24.95, 292 pages) is as its sub-title announces "Inside Tyrone
Willingham's amazing First Season at Notre Dame." The book is truly
Grant, who was a player under Willingham at Stanford, performed for five
seasons in the NFL. The 2002 campaign was spent with Willingham and
Notre Dame. The results are an in depth, up close, inside , professional
look at a reserved and ultimately revered coach, the first black coach
at Notre dame in any sport.
It was Willingham who brought Notre Dame football back to prominence,
and it was Notre Dane football success that earned for Willingham
ESPN's "Coach of the Year" title and "Sportsman of the Year" nod from
the "Sporting News."
This is a terrific book about a terrific man and his terrific team. We
can all be thankful that Grant was granted the inside access to Coach
Willingham, his players and staff.
In a football frame of mind on the pro side of things there is "Do You
Love Football?!" by Jon Gruden with Vic Carucci (HarperCollins, $24.95,
246 pages). This is the story of the NFL's hottest coach, the youngest
to win a Super Bowl. Carucci, the national editor for NFL.com has
covered the league for more than 25 years. He is at top form in this
profile of Gruden, a coach who was "traded" for four top round draft
picks and $8-million. The trade paid off big time as Gruden took the
Bucs to their first Super Bowl triumph. How he did that, what he is
like, what others thinks of him - -all of this is part of "Do You
"Sunday on Two Wheels" by Barbara Barber (University of Wisconsin
Press, $19.95, 167 pages) is an inside look at motorcycling in Southern
Wisconsin. Photos, maps and charts enhance the text.
"Native Dancer" by John Eisenberg (Warner Books, $25.95, 288 pages) in
my book is a more entertaining and enlightening read than the "other
book" about the horse.
Eisenberg, an award winning "Baltimore Sun" sportswriter takes the
reader on a brisk gallop through horse racing in the 1950s and tells the
remarkable story of Native Dancer, winner of all but one of 22 races in
a three year span. TIME magazine featured the Dancer on its 1954 cover,
but it was television that made the horse a star, and it was a loyal
audience that thrilled to his come-from-behind bursts to triumph.
Millionaire owner Albert G. Vanderbilt and all the others around this
legendary horse come to life in this book that evokes a unique time in
American horse racing culture.
"Quotable Jim Murray" by his widow Linda McCoy-Murray (TowleHouse
Publishing, $14.95, 129 pages) is a little book with a lot of wit and
wisdom in it. Murray was the legendary "Los Angeles Times" sports
columnist and this book is an entertaining sampling of some of his
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