Frommer on Sports
Keepers from Bison Books and
The hits keep coming from University of Nebraska
Press, Bison Books - fine sports books given a new package and a
new life. There is much to savor, to enjoy and to definitely
keep in your sports bookshelf. All are a bit pricey for
paperbacks, but they are nicely produced.
"Invisible Men" by Donn Rogosin ($24.95, 283 pages) originally
published in 1983 is still relevant, perhaps more relevant than
ever as it recounts in telling detail life in baseball's Negro
"Paper Tiger" by Stanley Woodward originally
published in 1963 ($17.95, 286 pages) is not as relevant as the
Rogosin tome but if you are into the sporting scene as recalled
by an old sportswriter and editor of the "New York
Herald-Tribune" - this is a book for you.
"Players and Pretenders" by Charley Rosen
($18.95, 324 pages), originally published in 1981, is as its
sub-title states about "the basketball team that couldn't shoot
straight." If you are into college sports and a well told
humorous narrative, pick up this book.
And finally from University of Nebraska Press
comes a new title "Level Playing Fields" by Peter Morris
($24.95, 184 pages). This slim volume focuses on the family
Murphy, groundskeepers and their unique contributions to the
shaping of the national pastime.
"Professor Baseball" by Edwin Amenta (University
of Chicago Press, $25.00, 231 pages) is all about the
competitive and insular world of softball as played for real in
New York City's Central Park. The title is a tip of the cap to
the author's status as a real life prof.
From Dutton there is "The Baseball Economist" by
J.C. Bradbury ($24.95, 336 pages) a book that gives Bill James a
run for his money and all of us new awarenesses and insights
into baseball treating as it does "the real game exposed" and
looking at the game behind the game. Recommended reading.
MOST NOTABLE: Beautifully produced, carefully
crafted, priced right for the package one gets, this is the
ultimate gift book for the golfer - - "CLASSIC SHOTS: THE
GREATEST IMAGES FROM THE UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION: by
Marty Parkes (National Geographic Books, $35.00, 345 pages).
Pulled from the USGA's archive of more than half a million
images - the range and style and substance of the images is
something to savor.
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