Spring Training is
Frommer on Sports
In words and pictures -- the phenomenon of spring
training and its grip on fans and players is evoked in Dan Shaughnessy's
new book. With photos by Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Stan
Grossfeld Spring Training (Houghton Mifflin, $28.00, 192 pages) ranges
from Alligator Alley to Cactus Way, from Florida to Arizona. A special
section of spring training memories by such as Johnny Pesky, Reggie
Jackson, Dom DiMaggio, Frank Robinson and Stephen King gives the book a
personalized and authentic dimension that it needs. This is a book to hold
close to you - and think - can the season be far behind?
The book begins with a very interesting foreword from Cal Ripken, Jr. and
then goes on through fabulous pictures and words to bring spring training
past, present and future front and center.
Venerable BoSox legend Johnny Pesky, as usual, has some of the best words:
"I still like to work out in spring training. I get a little sore now and
then, because I still think I'm twenty-five years old and I'm not. But
that's what spring training does. It makes you believe you are young all
Still on a Red Sox theme, part of the Images of Baseball series from
Arcadia Publishers, "The Pawtucket Red Sox" by David Borges ($19.99,
paper, 128 pages) is a beautifully put together book. The focus on one of
the most successful of minor league teams - from its beginnings as a
Double-A holding of Boston to its elevated status as a Triple-A farm team
in 1973 - makes for interesting reading and viewing via more than 200
photographs. Before most of the baseball world even heard about them -
players like Mo Vaughn, Nomar Garciaparra, Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs and
Carlton Fisk, all made their make as PawSoxers.
Team histories have long been the focus of baseball writing. One of the
classics in this genre is "The New York Giants" by Frank Graham first
published in 1952. Now re-issued with a foreword by Ray Robinson by
Southern Illinois University Press (308 pages, paper), the book's
sub-title is "An Informal History of a Great Baseball Club."
Coming in April: "Game Time: A Baseball Companion" by
Roger Angell (Harcourt, $25.00, 356 pages) -- a collection of his own
favorite pieces on the game.
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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
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