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With a foreword
by Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and contributions from Joseph
Wallace, Neil A. Hamilton and Mart Appel - "Baseball:
100 Classic Moments in the History of the Game" - is a book to
buy, to brag about, to keep as part of your sports library.
$30.00, this 320-page gem from Dorling Kindersley Publishing in New York
City is an over-sized and beautifully illustrated (over 400 photographs)
The book is
based upon a 1997 photographic exhibit created by the Baseball Hall of
Fame and Museum. There is historical detail, statistical tables and a very
thorough index of players, teams and events.
brings the game and its legendary times to life. “Baseball” is
organized into five eras: 1900-1919: A Sport and a Scandal; 1920-1941: The
Home Run Saves the Game; 1942-1960: The War and Post-War Period;
1961-1974: Expansion; and 1975-1999.
We are there
as Cy Young notches his 500th win on July 19, 1910, as Red Sox owner Harry
Frazee sells Babe Ruth to the Yankees as Joe DiMaggio hits in 56 straight
games in 1941 and Ted Williams bats .406 as Branch Rickey and Jackie
Robinson break the color line in 1947 as Cal Ripken in September 1995
breaks Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played record as Mark McGwire and
Sammy Sosa re-write the record book for home runs in a season.
Joe" Jackson and the Miracle Mets of 1969 and Charlie Hustle and Say
Hey and Rapid Robert and the Ryan Express and the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers,
who finally beat the Yankees in the World Series ... all the verve of
these and other markers of the national pastime are on display in this
wonder of a book.
section is the one labeled "715" - the one focused on the man
whose name leads the alphabetical list of all those who have ever played
the game of baseball - Henry Louis Aaron. He is also the all-time leader
in home runs and runs batted in and that is what his section is all about.
100 Classic Moments in the History of the Game," the book's preface
begins, "was born from a photographic exhibit that the Hall of Fame
created in 1997. Our idea was to present the story of baseball through a
series of memorable moments and to illustrate those moments in
photographs. Our hope is that BASEBALL will offer an enduring record of
the history of the game and a timeless keepsake for baseball enthusiasts
has really been realized in the words, the pictures and even the info
bites (longest hitting streaks, multiple no-hit pitchers, single-season
home run records, triple crown hitters, first black player on each team,
the first five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame,) etc., etc.
"Good Enough to Dream" by Roger Kahn (Bison Books, University of
Nebraska Press, $15.95) is a paperback re-issue with a new afterword by
the author. And from the same publisher comes "Baseball America's
Diamond Mine" by Richard C. Crepeau ($13.95, 232 pages). Originally
published in 1980, this re-issue focuses on the interrelationship of the
development of baseball and society during the Golden Age of Sport.
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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
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