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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

Spring Roundup (Part 5)

The hits and runs and errors keep coming on the baseball field and the sports books (especially baseball) keep ushering forth on all types of topics. Most of these books are well worth reading.

Jonah Keri’s “The Extra 2%” (Ballantine Books, $26.00, 251 pages) is an up close and personal look at what once was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now just the Rays) and how former Goldman Sachs figures Stuart Steinberg and Matthew Silverman as owners of the team melded their Wall Street ways into a master plan for the team. Insightful, interesting, subtitled “How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team  from Worst to First,” --“The Extra 2%” is a book you must read this season.

“Donnie Baseball”(Triumph, $24.95, 207 pages)  is billed as “the definitive biography of Don Mattingly. While not quite up to its billing even with a loving and highly readable foreword by Joe Torre and lots of replays of the life and times of its subject, “Donnie Baseball” is highly recommended reading for Yankee fans, Dodger fans.

BACKLIST:  Len Berman’s “The Greatest Moments in Sports” and “The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time” (Sourcebooks, $16.99, 136 pages, coffee table size) are two for your sports bookshelf. Penned one of the most affable and informed sportscasters of all time, the two tomes terrifically tell tales of players and moments that hold special places in sports history. For browsing, for research, for reading -  these titles have what it takes.

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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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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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