Frommer on Sports
"THROUGH A BLUE LENS" and
other Special Read
If you love a beautiful book, if you are a
baseball fan, if you are a fan of prized archival photographs,
if you have a special affection for the old Brooklyn Dodgers -
if you are any of these "Through a Blue Lens" is just the book
Sub-titled "The Brooklyn Dodgers Photographs of Barney Stein
1937-1957" by Dennis D'Agostino and Bonnie Crosby (Triumph
Books, $27.95, 162 pages), the book is a real page turner. Ms.
Crosby is the daughter of the late and great official
photographer of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Mr. D'Agostino is a highly
respected author and sports public relations executive
especially know to many for his sparkling stint at Madison
Square Garden. The two make a terrific team serving up words
from such bleeding Dodger blue types as Vin Scully, Johnny
Podres, Ralph Branca) and images (nearly 200 taken over 21
seasons by Barney Stein.
The result is a fabulous book, re-living the world and time of
the Brooklyn Dodgers. For browsing, for gift giving, for
treasuring -- make this your next sports book purchase.
" Ted Williams At War" by Bill Nowlin (Rounder Books, $24.95,
352 pages) is a sterling look in words and pictures focused on
not only a terrific ball player but an authentic American hero.
The "Kid" is the only Hall of Famer who served in two wars. A
flight instructor with the Marines in World War II, Williams
flew 39 combat missions in the Korean War. Nowlin, the author
of 15 books and Vice President of the Society for American
Baseball Research, knows his stuff and struts it in page after
page in this important tome. The prolific and energetic Nowlin
interviewed more than 40 pilots who flew with the Splendid
Splinter and more than 100 who knew Williams during his
This August Cal Ripken, Jr. will be officially inducted into the
National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. In anticipation
of that event we have "Get in the Game" from the baseball legend
and Donald T. Phillips (Gotham Books, $26.00, 247 pages). The
major focus of the work are "eight elements of perseverance that
make the difference" and that surely made the difference in
Ripken's career as he honed in breaking the Lou Gehrig
consecutive games played record and setting the new one at
2,632. If you are a Ripken fan, if you want some sage advice on
getting into any game - this is the book for you.
From Thunder Bay Press comes two engrossing picture book:
"Ballpark: Then and Now" by Eric Enders and "Chicago: Baseball
in the City" by Derek Gentile. The former is a roundup of parks
then and now in words and pictures; the latter focuses on the
national pastime in the windy city.
Coming soon: "You're Still Away" by Robert Sullivan (Maple
Street Press, $19.95) is a on the drawing board and coming to
bookstores very soon. Father's Day? It is a delightful and
ranging work about so many facets and thrills that the world of
golf contains as seen by a man who is the editorial director of
LIFE books and accepts the game for what it is, which is much
more than a game. Go for it. Highly recommended for golfers and
those who like a wonderful read.
BACKLIST: Great Baseball Films" by Ron Edelman (Citadel Press)
is still a page turner and still very relevant. If you are a
movie buff and a baseball book lover - Edelman's effort is your
cup of tea.
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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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