The Last Sure Thing"
is a Page Turner
Frommer on Sports
"The Last Sure Thing" by Tom LeCompte (Skunkworks
Publishing, $29.95, 471 pages) is all about the life and times of Bobby
Riggs, the "Bad Boy of Tennis" long before Connors, Jimmy and McEnroe,
John made any waves, let alone ripples. Just in time for reading during
the lulls at the U.S. Open or for dipping into before bedtime - this is
a book about an All American huckster - with talent.
Author Tom LeCompte, writing his first book - - deftly, doggedly and
determinedly goes about profiling - warts and all - the man who once
claimed his epitaph could be "He Put Women on the Map." That was a not
so kind reference to his one on one versus Billie Jean King in the
"Battle of the Sexes" challenge in 1973. It was the most watched match
in history - 90 million globally on TV, 30,000 inside the Astrodome in
"The Last Sure Thing" is a page turner. Whether you are a fan of sports,
or just tennis, or American culture - this is a tome for you to place on
a special spot on your bookshelf.
Don Van Natta, an investigative correspondent for The New York Times,
had a terrific idea for a book: "First Off the Tee" (Public Affairs,
$26.00, 355 pages). Fourteen of the last seventeen presidents have been
golfers - and Van Natta covers all the bases in his breezy account of
presidential hackers, duffers and cheaters from Taft to Bush. For those
into that sort of thing you can actually accompany the author on a round
of golf he played with Bill Clinton. There is much about the father and
son Bushes - how their golfing links experience links them.
All kinds of tidbits about presidents/golf are revealed: John F. Kennedy
played golf on the sly not wanting criticism or comparisons to Dwight
Eisenhower who seemed obsessed by the sport. Woodrow Wilson's physician
informed the president he that he needed exercise - so the president
golfed away. FDR had a true love affair with the game and even lugged
along his clubs when he was a student at Harvard. The polio he
contracted, sadly, ended his playing days.
"First Off the Tee" is a memorable book, an entertaining and insightful
look at why the game of golf is so appealing to presidents and how their
playing reveals so much about their characters.
"The New Yorker Book of Golf Cartoons" (Bloomberg Press, $21.95
128 pages) is a hole in one for fans of the sport and fans of "New
Yorker" cartoons. All elements of the game - the joys and frustrations,
the golfers and the golf widows, the pros, duffers, onlookers - all get
ribald, entertaining and reverential treatment.
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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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