and other Baseball Reads
Frommer on Sports
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
"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
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 &
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"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
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