Frommer on Sports
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
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A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports
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"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.
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