Frommer on Sports
Spring Training - Part 3
As one who was literally brought up with the
Macmillan Baseball Encyclopedia (I still have a few volumes in my
library), I have felt the lack of that tome in the spring just as
baseball comes alive.
Thankfully, now there is "The 2006 ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia" with
editors Gary Gillette and Pete Palmer (Sterling Publishing Company,
174 pages, $24.95 doing their splendid stuff. This epic effort is
probably the most complete and baseball database ever put together.
Essays, info, perspectives, annual team-by-team batting and pitching
statistics for all players in major league history, all-time leaders
in 150 categories, facts and factoids on teams and managers and more!
As Casey Stengel used to say: "You could look it up."
A kind of companion guide to the above would be "Baseball Field Guide"
by Dan Formosa and Paul Hamburger (Thunder's Mouth Press, $13.95, 224
pages). This a book to rummage thru, to keep in your pocket when you
go to a game, to savor. It is as its sub-title suggests: "An in-depth
illustrated field guide to the complete rules of baseball.
Jim Reisler's "A Great Day in Cooperstown" (Carroll and Graf, $26.00,
241 pages) focuses cleverly on a small slice of baseball history - the
unusual origins of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown,
New York. Part bio, part detective story, part profiling of the
original 11 Hall of Famers - the book is worth the money and your
"Crashing the Borders" by Harvey Araton (Free Press, $25.00, 207
pages) is a rather slim but highly interesting survey of the state of
hoops. Sub-titled: "How Baseball Won the World and Lost Its Soul at
Home," the book rails at the many flaws, false steps and fakers in the
game today. Vet sports journalist Araton spares no one - worth
"Only With Passion" by Katarina Witt with E.M. Swift (Public Affairs,
$23.50, 168 pages) was a tie in to the fame of its subject and the
Winter Olympics 2006. Witt watchers will benefit.
MOST NOTABLE "Our Red Sox" by Robert Sullivan (Emmis Books, $10.95,
186 pages, paper) is a delightful read for all fans of the team from
the Hub. Personal, painful at times because of the memories, the book
is one to savor like a good red wine. Sullivan's careful and graceful
prose, a mix of intimate BoSox lore and family history, sets it apart
from other books on the subject. As the co-author of "Red Sox Vs.
Yankees" and the just published "Red Sox Where Have You Gone?" - -I
can appreciate all the nuances of "Our Red Sox." It's also enough to
convert one to root for the team from Fenway - -not quite.
Harvey Frommer is now in his 32nd consecutive year of writing sports
books. He is the author of 38 sports books, including the classics:
"New York City Baseball," "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," "Rickey
and Robinson," "A Yankee Century," and Red Sox Vs. Yankees: The Great
Rivalry" (with Frederic J. Frommer). His newest efforts are OLD TIME
BASEBALL and RED SOX WHERE HAVE YOU GONE?
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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.
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