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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

Spring Training - Part 1

Millions yearn for another tough winter to be history. Spring beckons. And with the coming of that wondrous season there is an ushering in of all kinds of new sports books - the bulk focused on the national pastime.    The books come in all sizes, with all kinds of focuses, most from  mainstream publishers, many  worthy ones from the smaller houses.

One of the smaller house gems is "New York Aces: The First 75 Years" by Mark Rucker who does his usual exemplary job  (Arcadia Publishing, $19.99, 128 pages. Fabulous photos are fused with concise captions bringing the legendary hurlers to life.

"Sporting News Books" has a host of engaging reads: "Cardinal Nation" ($29.95, 256 pages) in brilliant color photos and detailed charts and text is a must for fans of the Redbirds. "The Pride of Chicago" with a forward by Ozzie Guillen ($16.95, 143 pages) is a celebration of the White Sox and their fantastic 2005 championship season. "Complete Pro Football Draft Encyclopedia 2006 Edition ($19.95, 446 pages) is exactly what its title proclaims - for NFL buffs this is the book for you. "Saturday's Shrines" ($24.95, 224 pages) is honed in on the famous collegiate football stadiums.  Wonderful photos mixed and matched with terrific information make this a nice read.  Still in a football vein is "Pro Football's Greatest Quarterbacks" ($24.95, 176 pages). Ron Smith's "Baseball 100 Greatest Players" ($24.95, 224 pages) is an inventory of the best and the brightest in the history of the national pastime. Bound to stir a few arguments.

NOTABLE: "Nonsense at the Net" by Jim Westhall ($29.95, 350 pages) is a behind the scenes look at the world of tennis from Westhall who has more than quarter century of experience promoting pro tennis tourneys. Highly recommended for all tennis fans.

"Extraordinary Putting" by Fred Shoemaker (G.P. Putnam's and Sons, $21.95)  is a tremendous primer on putting which makes for one-third of the strokes in the game.

"Men's Health: The Body You Want in the Time You Have" by Myatt Murphy (Rodale, $19.95, 352 pages) is a step- by-step in words, pictures and  charts no excuses workout book.

From the University of Nebraska comes "The Boys Who Were Left Behind" by John Heidenry and Brett Topel ($29.95, 159 pages). The book focuses on the 1944 World Series - Browns and Cardinals - all St. Louis affair.

 

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About the Author:

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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