1001 Reasons to Love Baseball and Other Reads
Frommer on Sports
There is a truly shameless blurb on the back cover
of "1,001 Reasons to Love Baseball" by Danny Peary and Mary Tiegreen
(Stewart, Tabori and Chang, $24.95, 319 pages) - - "Now There Are 1,002
reasons to love baseball - the newest reason is this book" - Tim
McCarver. Peary, co-author of the book is also a writer for the Tim
McCarver Show on MSG. How about that!
But seriously, there is a lot to love about the book - it's like a nosh
for baseball zealots. There are many quotes, many photos, many facts,
all stuffed into this chunkette of a book. Sections include: The Greats,
Baseball Stuff, At the Game, Playing the Game, Words and Names, etc. You
truly will get a fill up and your fill of baseball stuff from this
And speaking of getting stuffed on the national pastime -
the ultimate stuffer is "Total Baseball" by John Thorn, et al (Sport
Classic Books, 2,688 pages, 200 black and white photographs and a 24
page color insert, $59.95. Now in its eighth edition, the tome that
bills itself as the "ultimate baseball encyclopedia" has more of
everything - essays, assessments, a comprehensive statistical lode that
includes Player and Pitcher Registers featuring the career record of all
16,003 players and pitchers in MLB history, etc.
John Thorn's amazingly interesting assessment of the place of Barry
Bonds (featured on the cover of this load of a book) is something that
jumps out at you. For figure guys, reading guys, stat mavens, trivia
zealots, those hooked on baseball history - there is something in this
Niagara of baseball books for all of you.
"The Fenway Project" - carefully and affectionately edited by Bill
Nowlin and Cecilia Tan (Rounder Books, 175 pages) is a presentation of
the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) of which I am a proud
member. It has 64 recollections on as its cover copy states "one night
on the field, in the stands and behind the scenes at America's oldest
ballpark." Recommended reading for BoSox fans.
Barry Levinson had a very interesting idea and in "The Seventh Game" he
carried it out cogently and entertainingly. His book (McGraw-Hill,
$24.95, 340 pages) focuses on replaying and analyzing the 35 World
Series games that have gone the distance. A resident of Madison,
Wisconsin, Levenson grew up living and dying for the Red Sox. And it
must have been painful for him to deconstruct their 1-4 record in Fall
Classic seventh games. From 1909, Pittsburgh 8, Detroit 0 through the 34
games that follow, Levenson provides a carefully researched and
Re-issues in paper from Ivan R. Dee publishers worth reading as they
make their way around the bases again included "Pennant Race" by Jim
Brosnan and "The Pitch That Killed" by Mike Sowell. The former is a
recounting of the 1961 winning pennant race chase of the Cincinnati
Reds. The latter is the story of the death of Carl Mays, Ray Chapman and
the pennant race of 1920.
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