Frommer on Sports
The Book Review: Bill Lee and Other Tomes of
For those who can't get enough of Bill Lee - - and why
would anyone want to - now out and available in paperbacks are "The Wrong
Stuff" (Three Rivers Press, $13.95, 278 pages) and "Have Glove Will
Travel" (Three Rivers Press ,$13.95, 300 pages). Both belong on your
sports bookshelf. Humorous, insightful, irreverent - the Lee Collection
presents the "20 something anniversary edition" of "The Right Stuff" and
the companion "Spaceman" treat about Lee's baseball vagabond
adventures and mis-adventures as a star major league hurler, as a mediocre
big leaguer, as a baseball lifer. Both books were written with the
especially able assistance of Richard Lally, author of three international
Still in a humorous vein is "Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot" by Mike
Greenberg (Villard Books, $22.95), a self deprecating look at the author
and his work by the co-host of "Mike and Mike in the Morning" on ESPN
Radio. Greenberg is a busy, busy guy also on ESPN2, an anchor on ESPN's "SportsCenter."
He is billed as one of America's fastest rising sportscaster - he is one
of its busiest as the book shows. A sportsaholic, a family man, a guy with
opinions and heart - Greenberg is living the life. Read all about it.
"The King of Swings" by Michael Blaine (Houghton Mifflin, $26.00, 256
pages) is one of those rags to riches stories, one that is surely stranger
than fiction. It is all about a golfing star who has been largely
overlooked, Johnny Goodman, working class caddy who went all the way up to
become the 1933 U.S. Open champion. In doing so, Blaine became the last
amateur to nip the pros in their own sport. Anchored in an era, detailed,
"The King of Swings" truly
"Home Plate Don't Move" by Eric Zweig who once worked on the grounds crew
for the Toronto Blue Jays (Firefly Books, $15.95, 176 pages, paper) is a
winner. More than 400 quotations appear in the pages of this attractively
designed book ranging from Dizzy Dean's: "Son, what kind of pitch would
like to miss?' to the cleaned up Ted Williams brag: "All I want out of
life I that when I walk down the street, folks will say there goes the
greatest hitter who ever lived." With Ted's expletive included it sound
more like him.
For fans of Larry Dierker who spent virtually his entire adult life with
the Houston Astros in one way or another as player, broadcaster, manager -
this book "My Team" ( Simon and Schuster, $25.00, 275 pages)will be of
interest. For the rest of us it is optional focusing as it does on
Dieker's dream team from his years in the game. This is a book that will
stir controversy (and maybe that was its intent). The author establishes a
mandatory 10 year a requirement for being on "his team" - leaving off the
team such as Sandy Koufax because of that stipulation. There is also a
mish-mash of facts, figures and theories that confuse and beg the
questions. But for the beach or backyard - "My Team" is worth a browse.
"52 Great Florida Golf Getaways" by Ed Schmidt, Jr. (Pineapple Press, 192
pages, paper) is a handy book to carry about if you are in Florida and
seek some action on the links. Concise, clearly written, It is part guide
and part history.
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"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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