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Something to Write Home About

Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

The idea was simple. Contact celebrities who are also baseball fans and have them reminisce about the national pastime. The look content, impact of "Something to Write Home About" by Seth Swirsky (Crown, $25.95, 191 pages) is stunningly memorable.

There are two hundred photographs, memorabilia and a moving collection of letters (some hand-written )from such as Presidents George W. Bush, George Bush, Paul McCartney, Tom Seaver, Senator Ted Kennedy, Babe Ruth, Jimmy Piersall.

Seth Swirsky is a pop songwriter and the author of "Baseball Letters" and "Every Pitcher Tells a Story." He is at the top of his creative form in this winning volume that you will want to keep in a place of prominence on your sports bookshelf.

Now out in paperback "Now Pitching for the Yankees" by Marty Appel (Sport Classic Books, $13.95, 383 pages) is an inside look into the behind-the-scenes Yankee stuff. Appel spins tale after tale about the Bronx Zoo years as seen from his perspective in the front office during that time period. A home run of a book!

From the Lyon Press comes "Classic Baseball Stories" edited by Jeff Silverman 8($9.95, 290 pages, paper). The book features essays on the national pastime from such talents as Grantland Rice, Ring Lardner and Damon Runyan.

For those with deep rooted interest in the sport "The Hidden Language of Baseball" by Paul Dickson (Walker & Company, $22.00, 228 pages) is worth checking out. Dickson goes into amazing and sometimes amusing detail explicating how sign and sing-stealing have influenced the course of our national pastime.

It a best seller and it is highly acclaimed by critics everywhere. But "Teammates" by David Halberstram (Hyperion, $22.95, 203 pages) is also a testament to how far image and reputation can take one.

The book would have been terrific as a long magazine article. As a book it is a stretch - the recounting by one of my favorite sports authors of the 1,300 mile auto trip made in early October 2,001 by Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky to visit their dying long-time friend and teammate Ted Williams. It is also a recounting of DiMaggio-Pesky-Bobby Doerr and Ted Williams and their shining time as Boston Red Sox. The book has many moments of eloquence, moving perceptions. But the slim "Teammates" could have benefited from some kind of table of contents, an index and much more content.

"A boring collection" is the kindest phrase I can use to describe Rob Neyer's "Big Book of Baseball Lineups: A Guide to the Best, Worst, and Most Memorable Players to Ever Grace the Major Leagues" (Fireside, $16.00, 352 pages).

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Written by acclaimed sports author and oral historian Dr. Harvey Frommer, with an introduction by pro football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, When It Was Just a Game tells the fascinating story of the ground-breaking AFL–NFL World Championship Football game played on January 15, 1967: Packers vs. Chiefs. Filled with new insights, containing commentary from the unpublished memoir of Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram, featuring oral history from many who were at the game—media, players, coaches, fans—the book is mainly in the words of those who lived it and saw it go on to become the Super Bowl, the greatest sports attraction the world has ever known. Archival photographs and drawings help bring the event to life.

Dr. Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College, is in his 40th year of writing books. The author of hundreds of articles and  43 sports books including the classics: best-selling New York City Baseball, 1947-1957 and best-selling “Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball ,the prolific Frommer also authored the acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium (second edition 2016) and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park..He is at work on “the Ultimate Yankee book” to be published in 2017.

Together with his wife Myrna Katz Frommer, he has written the acclaimed oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami.

Along with his wife Myrna Katz Frommer, he is a professor in the MALS program at Dartmouth College where he teaches oral and cultural history. Dr. Frommer has also taught "Sports Journalism" and "Sports and Culture" at Dartmouth College, Adelphi and New York University.

Frommer’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, The Sporting News, Men's Health and 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. 

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