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Holiday Roundup 2004 Part 2
"America's Game" and Other Reads


Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

Epic. Far Ranging. Filled with voluminous details. All of these adjectives apply to "America's Game" by Michael MacCambridge (Random House, $27.95, 552 pages). The author, who also wrote "The Franchise: A History of Sports Illustrated Magazine" and "ESPN SportsCentury" is at the top of his game in this one.

We are there with him as he shows how football moved from a struggling sport to become the "real" national pastime. The 1958 NFL title game between the Colts and Giants, the powerful effect of Commissioner Pete Rozelle, the way the sport utilized TV and TV used football - all blend along with many other themes in "the epic story of how pro football captured a nation"

"First and Long" by Greg Borowski (Badger Books, $16.95, 362 pages, paper) is a riveting read about a Milwaukee high school football team composed of black and white youth - trying to get along, trying to keep their eye on the prize.

"The New Face of Baseball" by Tim Wendell (Rayo/HarperCollins, $13.95, 252 pages), is a book whose time has truly come. Wendell carefully and competently serves up the entire history of Latinos in the national pastime going back to the mid-nineteenth century.

The book contains all kinds of consciousness raising material, for example - once only
light-skinned Latinos were allowed to take part in major league competition.

Now in paperback "The Mad Dog 2100" by Christopher Russo and Allen St. John (Broadway/Random House, $12.95, 284 pages) is a joint effort of the WFAN sports talker and the Wall Street Journal sports columnist.

This is a book that will provoke discussion as the book's sub-title proclaims about "the greatest sports arguments of all time."

"Sunday Morning Quarterback" by Phil Simms with Vic Carrucci (HarperCollins, $24.95, 209 pages) is a breezy and insightful look inside the game of pro football by a man who spent 15 seasons calling plays and making plays as a top QB.

Simms admits in his intro that he never gets tired of talking about football - and the book shows this. If you are a fan of NFL football - this is a book you will keep in a place of prominence on your bookshelf.

For those interested in surfing or just interested in beautiful books - you must get "Zero Break: An Illustrated Collection of Surf Writing, 1777-2004" (Harcourt, $19.95, 360 pages). This is an unusual book with all types of fascinating and unexpected images and contributors like Jack London, Mark Twain, Herman Melville and Tom Wolfe. Highly recommended.

"Faithful" by Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King (Scribner, $26.00, 432 pages) is a look back at the 2004 ground breaking championship season of the Boston Red Sox. Its sub-title proclaims: "Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic Season." Not exactly, but recommended reading for diehard fans who can't get enough of the subject.


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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. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men's Heath, The Sporting News, among other publications.

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