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ROTHSTEIN and other Baseball Reads

Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review


As the author of "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," a book that focused especially on Joseph Jefferson  Jackson, the greatest player not to be in the hall of Fame, and the Black Sox Scandal of 1919, and the prejudiced behavior of baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis - his banning for life baseball players who had been found innocent in a court of law - "Rothstein" by David Pietrusza (Carroll and Graf, $27.00, 496 pages) caught my attention.

The book's sub-title is "The Life, Times and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series." That, too, caught my attention. Pietrusza, an editor of over three dozen books, doesn't spare the words or the details in this one. We are there along with Rothstein, John J. McGraw, hoods like Legs Diamond and Meyer Lansky, crooked cops like Bill Devery, con artists like Nicky Arnstein, politicos like Mayor jimmy Walker and "Big Tim" Sullivan.

There is an entire universe worth reading about in "Rothstein."  Whether you are a student of history, politics, the national pastime or just one who enjoys a terrific read - get your hands on a copy of  Pietrusza's gem.

"The Sports Encyclopedia Baseball 2004" by David S. Neft, Richard M. Cohen and Michael L. Neft (St. Martin's Press, 813 pages, paper) is a lode of stats, charts, classic stories. For those who want to look it up - this is the place to go. It is a feast for baseball triva lovers.

Dan Gutman continues to specialize in books for young readers. His latest is "Mickey & Me" (HarperCollins, 151 pages, $5.99, paper).
The story line of this charming opus is how Joe Stoshack goes on a journey to save Mickey Mantle., the idol of his father from a career ending injury.

COMING SOON: "Hank Aaron and the Home Run That Changed America" by Tom Stanton, HarperCollins. "Ninety Feet from Fame" by Mike Robbins, Carroll & Graf Publishers. "The 10th Man, the Fan in Baseball History, Carroll & Graf Publishers.

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Email:  harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU 

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. 

This Article is Copyright 1995 - 2014 by Harvey Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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