Frommer on Sports
THE BOOK REVIEW:
SPAHN, SAIN and TEDDY BALLGAME & other intriguing reads
The prolific Bill Nowlin is at it again.
"Spahn, Sain and Teddy Ballgame" edited by the Boston baseball sage
(Rounder Books, paper) is focused on a corner of Boston baseball history
- a season when the Braves won the pennant and the Red Sox lost a one
game play-off game to the Indians and missed out on meeting their
cross-town-rival in the World Series.
Filled with information, many photographs never before seen, with bios
and insights into legends like Ted Williams, Warren Spahn, Johnny Sain,
Dom DiMaggio and other not so well known figures who played for the Sox
and Braves, SPAHN, SAIN and TEDDY BALLGAME is must reading for Hub
baseball fans and will provide lots of hours of top reading for all
sports fans. It is a special book about a special summer.
An exquisite look at the last game of
Craig Biggio "The Final Game" (photographs by Michael Hart, Bright Sky
Press, 106 oversized pages) is a fitting tribute to the long time
Houston baseball star. Fans of the Astros superstar will want this book
as a keepsake. "Benchclearing" by Spike Vrusho (Lyons Press,
$16.95, 298 pages, paper) is a survey of battles, pushing, shoving and
spitting matches through the years in major league baseball.
With the NYC Marathon upon us - -what
better book to have than "A Race Like no Other" by Liz Robbins
(HarperCollins, $24.95, 336 pages). In depth, weaving her carefully
crafted narrative with the stories of so many diverse runners, The New
York Times sportswriter tells in splendid prose the exciting tale of the
26.2 mile journey that thousands and thousands through the years have
taken through the streets of the Big Apple. Highly recommended.
"How Football Explains America" by Sal
Paolantonio (Triumph, $24.95, 211 pages) is an interesting attempt
focusing on many known items but packaging them in such a way that a
lively little tome has been created shedding light on the gridiron
sport's grip on all of us. If you want Paolantonio's up close and
personal ruminations of why we love football so much this is the book
More football reading but more
biographical is "The Genius" by David Harris (Random House, $26.00, 385
pages). At once a personal story and also as the sub-title proclaims a
book about "How Bill Walsh Reinvented Football and Created an NFL
Dynasty" - this work is a winner especially for fans of the 49ers. The
team has fallen on hard times but to read "The Genius" is to be
transported into another era, a golden one.
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