Super Hot Stove
Frommer on Sports
Mix and match 150 celebrity voices like Ernie
Banks, Dan Rather, Pedro Martinez, Vin Scully, George W. Bush, Jon Miller,
Tom Brokaw, Monte Irvin, Robert Dole. Stir in 200 color and black and
white vintage photographs from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Get a
celebrated editor and baseball historian like Curt Smith to steer the
The result is "What Baseball Means to Me" ($34.95, 288 pages) - a book
that is entertaining, engrossing, evocative, one to savor especially its
lines like: "In 1989 Nolan Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson for his
5,000th strikeout. The place went wild: Nolan graciously received the
accolades but insisted the game go on. After all, baseball is a team
sport." - George W. Bush. For those who have not had their fill of Yogi
Berra and/or the 2002 World Series - two paperbacks - The Anaheim Angels
by Ross Newhan (Hyperion, $14.95, 372 pages) and When You Come to A Fork
in the Road, Take It by Yogi Berra (Hyperion, $11.00, 175 pages) are reads
waiting for you. Newhan's book is required reading for Anaheim fans.
Berra's banter is always the same - entertaining, if you are into that
sort of stuff.
University Presses are publishing some very focused baseball books. A few
of the more interesting ones include: A Summer Up North by Jerry Poling
(University of Wisconsin Press, $19.95, 187 pages, paperback) - a look at
the first minor league season of 18-year-old Hank Aaron and his time with
the Eau Claire Bears. From the University of Massachusetts publishing arm
comes Epic Season by David Kaiser ($19.95, 281 pages, paperback). The work
is a day-by-day history of the 1948 baseball season with special focus on
the incredibly exciting pennant race. Baseball's Natural by John Theodore
(Southern Illinois University Press, 136 pages, hardcover) is a bio of
Eddie Waitkus, the Cubs and Phillies first baseman in the mid 20th century
who inspired the character of Roy Hobbs in Bernard Malamud's The Natural.
From McFarland (800 253 2187), one of the leading publishers of baseball
books, comes Louis Sockalexis: The First Cleveland Indian ($28.50, 219
pages, softcover). The book tells an in depth story of the life a
Penobscot Indian from Maine, the first of his race to play in the major
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