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Sports 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 for you.

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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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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