Frommer on Sports
The 50 Greatest Yankee Games ... and More
The blurb on the book cover reads: "Cecilia Tan has
written a Yankee Doodle Dandy of a book. The reader is taken through the
dramatic ebb and flow of the 50 greatest Yankee games. We learn a lot
about the team from the Bronx in this fact-filled, entertainingly
written opus. Should be required reading for all fans of the New York
Yankees." Those words were written by me before I even saw the finished
book and I still stick by them.
"The 50 Greatest Yankee Games" by Cecilia Tan (John Wiley, $22.95, 278
pages is a real romp through Yankee and baseball history from October
10, 1904 Boston at New York to August 1, 1937 St. Louis at New York to
September 30, 1984 Detroit at New York to October 16, 2003 Boston at New
York and all the other games and highlights in between.
Painstakingly researched, carefully crafted, Ms. Tan gives the reader
his or her money's worth in this monster lode of Yankee factoids and
From Bill Nowlin and company comes "The Kid," (Rounder
Records, $24.95, 359 pages) - an in depth look at the formative years of
the BoSox icon growing up on San Diego and playing ball.
"I was fortunate," Williams noted, " to grow up in Southern California
where it is always warm and a boy can stretch the baseball season to
his own dimensions." This terrific book stretches the dimension of
Teddy Ballgame - required reading for fans of the Splendid Splinter. And
you can't beat the visuals.
"So Hank Says to Yogi . . ." by Kevin Nelson (Chamberlain Bros., $21.95,
226 pages) is sub-titled "The Best Baseball Stories Ever Told." So
what's a little hyperbole. There are many stories told by Nelson,
author of fifteen books. There are tales of the Babe, the "Big Train,"
an interesting essay by and about Theo Epstein, Mantle, Jeter and Ichiro
all represented as well as Harry Caray and Jack Buck and others. The
book also includes a CD panel discussion hosted by Hall of Fame
announcer Bob Wolff.
Whoever thought of the title deserves a raise or something . . ."Guys,
Dolls and Curveballs" edited by Jim Reisler (Caroll and Graf, $16,95,
416 pages, paper). This is one of the most delightful baseball
anthologies to come along in a long while and I have been reading them
for a long while. The man who brought the world one of the great
musicals "Guys and Dolls" truly had a way with words - and every page in
this book is filled with insights, asides, humor, poignancy and
especially marvelous writing skills.
In 1944, Runyon was diagnosed with throat cancer. He held on to December
10, 1946 when he died at age 66. A little more than week later his ashes
were scattered over Broadway out of an airplane.
But his writing remains as vivid as those exciting days in which wrote.
A tip of the hat to Jim Reisler for bringing us such a significant
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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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