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THE BASEBALL ENCYCLOPEDIA
and Other Reading Treats About the National Pastime

Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review


How wonderful it is to have "The Baseball Encyclopedia" edited by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette (Barnes and Noble Books, $24.95, 1,692 pages) back on the scene. The book was and is a mother lode of information, stats, oddities, arcane knowledge, charts - just about everything anyone would want to know about the reference points of the game of baseball.
   
There is former and current ballpark info, complete awards and Hall of Fame info, stats complete for every player, manger and team, a list of blown saves, 1969-2003, fielding range and catcher defense. I don't know if Pete Palmer is the real guru of Sabermetrics as Peter Gammons claims. But Pete is way up there atop the heap as is "The Baseball Encyclopedia.

Red Sox Nation is in all its glory as April turns into May. All kinds of exciting things have been happening with the franchise. There are even a few books out with the old warhorse Johnny Pesky as the focus. The best of the bunch is "Mr. Red Sox: The Johnny Pesky Story" by Bill Nowlin (Rounder Books, $24.95, 282 pages). Nowlin has been writing about things Red Sox since he was 12 years old in 1957 so he knows his way around the subject. He spins a lively narrative about the kid in his phrase, "said to bleed Red Sox crimson, who was born to Croatian immigrants" who is now in his eighth decade in baseball. It is a highly insightful and entertaining read.
   
From Sports Publishing comes three books focused on very different major league franchises: "Tales From the Royals Dugout" by Denny Matthews with Matt Fulks, ($19.95, 239 pages), "Tales From the 1962 Mets" by Janet Paskin ($19.95, 202 pages) and "Tales From the Dodger Dugout Extra Innings" by Carl Erskine ($19.95, 219 pages). All carefully edited and packaged with zeal, each book has special appeal for fans of the specific franchise and much to offer, too, for general fans of the national pastime. All three books definitely belong on your sports bookshelf containing as they do so many tales that have never appeared in print before.

The sports book publishing phenomenon of the 2003 season is now available for the 2004 campaign. "Moneyball" by Michael Lewis (Norton, $13.95, 288 pages) is out in paperback. The book is a chronicle of the business model of the Oakland A's - and shows how the biggest payroll doesn't guarantee a Word Series winner. Highly recommended reading for baseball and business fans.

 

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About the Author:

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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Harvey Frommer along with his wife, Myrna Katz  Frommer are the authors of five critically acclaimed oral/cultural histories, professors at Dartmouth  College, and travel writers who specialize in cultural history, food, wine, and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. 

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