Frommer on Sports
"YANKEE FOR LIFE" & Other Reads
As we round third base in 2008 and head for home
and 2009, there are all kinds of sports books out there vying for
one's attention. Some are by big name authors and publishers; others
are more modest entries. All have something of value.
"Yankee For Life" by the late Bobby Murcer with Glen
Waggoner (HarperCollins, $24.95, 322 pages) is the bittersweet tale
of a 17-year-major leaguer who was looked upon by many as the next
Murcer never met that promise but he was a fan
favorite, especially Yankee fans. His post-career life was spent in
the broadcasting booth where his sense of humor and Oklahoma drawl
and knowledge of the game earned him three Emmys as one of the
voices of the Yankees. Tragically, on Christmas Eve 2006, the
affable Murcer was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. His
recent passing saddened millions. "Yankee For Life" is his story
told honestly, humorously and unflinchingly.
Josh Hamilton's "Beyond Belief" with Tim Keown (Faith Words, $23.95,
257 pages) is the uplifting story of one of the most talented
players n the big leagues today who came back from four years of
struggle with drug addiction, suspensions, very down times. The
book's sub-title is "finding the strength to come back" and that is
what Hamilton is all about.
Bill James is at it again and those into his kind of work will be
elated. From Acta Sports, priced at $23.95, 506 pages, paper), the
"Bill James Handbook" is a mother and father lode of relevant and up
to date stats on every major league team, player and manager through
From Triumph comes two books focused on similar approaches with
different subject matter. "Then Bud Said to Barry Who Told Bob..."
by Jeff Snook (Triumph Books, $22.95, 284 pages, includes CD) is a
collection of Oklahoma Sooner gridiron tales. "Then Osborne Said to
Rozier..." by Steve Richardson (Triumph, $22.95, 200 pages, includes
CD) is a slimmer collection of stories - these about Nebraska
Cornhusker football. For fans of these teams - the books are a must.
HIGHLY NOTABLE: For fans of basketball comes new film "The First
Basket" that carefully evokes the history of Jews and basketball at
the beginning of the 20th century. Ossie Schectman, a Jewish kid
from Brooklyn , made the first basket for the New York
Knickerbockers back in 1946 in a league that preceded the NBA. The
film showcases this and all kinds of other little known facts and
events showing the unusual connection between Jews and basketball.
Director David Vyorst has done a brilliant job. There are screenings
in New York City at: http://www.villageeastcinema.com/angelika_index.asp?hiD=166> EAST
CINEMA In Los Angeles: http://www.laemmle.com/
Laemmle's Town Center,Encino http://www.laemmle.com/viewtheatre.php?thid=8
LAEMMLE'S Fallbrook 7 in West Hills.
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