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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

"Shades of Glory" and Other Sporting Reads

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 America."

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 American Culture.

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 photographs.  Recommended!


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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. 

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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