Frommer on Sports
"Shades of Glory" and Other Sporting Reads
SPORTS BOOK REVIEW
Created in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and
Museum at Cooperstown, "Shades of Glory" by Lawrence D. Hogan
(National Geographic, $26.00, 421 pages) is a book that owes its
origins to the research project "Out of the Shadows: Black Baseball in
The author, Hogan, is a professor at Union County College in New
Jersey and the book reflects his scholarly bent. We are there in words
and pictures with Buck O'Neil, Monte Irvin, Satchel Paige and so many
others through their struggles and successes, through the prejudice
and prevailing. This is an important book that celebrates and
crystallizes the contributions of Negro League players to baseball and
HIGHLY NOTABLE: With fatherly pride, I heartily recommend Frederic J.
Frommer's "The Washington Nationals: 1859 to Today" (Taylor, $24.95,
195 pages). The book is an engrossing, all encompassing narrative
about the national pastime in the nation's capitol.
Frommer, an Associated Press journalist, and a guy who knows a thing
or two or about baseball and writing (he should - he had a good coach)
takes us through the decades in his detailed look at the game in D.C.
There is a nifty chapter about Washington's only championship, another
chapter focused on presidents and baseball, another about the time
that Ted Williams managed a team there - and of course all the
machinations and maneuverings that moved the Expos of Montreal south
to Washington and the creation of the Nationals.
If you are into terrific writing and excellent research, if you are a
student of baseball - Frederic J. Frommer's "The Washington Nationals:
1859 to Today" is the book for you.
"The Best of Baseball Digest" (Ivan Dee ,$29.95, 453 pages) is a
mother and father lode of entertaining and insightful stories about
the national pastime as it appeared in the pages of that old reliable
publication. There are 116 pieces from the 1940s to now and 80 photos
- all providing different prisms through which to view the game.
I feel today the same way I felt when I read the manuscript and
offered this blurb for Cecilia Tan's "The 50 Greatest Red Sox Games
(Wiley, $22.95, 238 pages) "Old Towne Team fans will think they have
died and gone to heaven . Informative, exciting, entertaining . . . .
a good deed for the Fenway faithful."
Jeff Angus has written "Management By Baseball" (Collins, $22.95, 254
pages) which is really not about baseball and really not about
management strategies. But really about both and more. Highly readable
prose from this award winning non-baseball manager is on every page of
this tome. Two especially interesting stories focus on "The Man Who
Invented Babe Ruth" and How the Red Sox organization was turned around
after being cursed for lo those many years."
Golfing guys will appreciate "Leadbetter's Quick Tips" by of course
David Leadbetter (Harper, $21.95, 171 pages). There are lots of
illustrations and lots of tips by the author, a staff Teaching
Professional for "Golf Digest."
If you haven't yet had a chance to read "Beyond Glory" by David
Margolick (Knopf, $26.95, 423 pages) all about Joe Louis and Max
Schmelling and as the sub-title proclaims "a world on the brink," go
for this riveting chronicle that is at the same time scholarly
research and high end journalistic reportage. Wonderful archival
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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.
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