Frommer on Sports
The Book Review:
"Bottom of the Ninth" by Michael Shapiro and other
If you like an untold
story (and who of us does not) and if you are even a
little bit of a sports junkie then "Bottom of the
Ninth" by Michael Shapiro (Times Books, $26.00, 303
pages) belongs on your reading list.
It is as its sub-title proclaims about Branch
Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the Daring Scheme to Save
Baseball From Itself. Shapiro, author of "The Last
Good Season," is in top form breaking new ground and
providing new awarenesses of a little reported on
chapter in American sports history - the aborted
Branch Rickey to create the Continental League, and
Casey Stengel's yen to remake the ways in which the
national pastime was played. A good read.
"Crystal Clear" by Eric Le Marque with Davin Seay (Delacorte,
$24.00, 256 pages) is the remarkable story of the
author's attempt to snowboard California's Mammoth
Trapped by an approaching storm, he survived in sub
freezing temperatures for 8 days but at a cost - he
would lose both legs below the knees through
frostbite. This is the story of a true "Miracle
"The Unwritten Rules of Baseball" by Paul Dickson
(Harper, 256 pages, $14.95, paper) is an interesting
reference read on the sub-text of the national
"The Baltimore Elite Giants" by Bob Luke (Johns
Hopkins University Press, 192 pages) is a raising of
consciousness about one of the legendary teams from
the old Negro Leagues.
From "MR. RED SOX BOOKS" - Bill Nowlin - comes
another couple of winners edited by him - - "The
Ultimate Red Sox Home Run Guide" (Rounder Books,
$18.95, 192 pages, paper) and "Lefty, Double-X and
The Kid," (Rounder Books, $18.95, 165 pages, paper).
The former book is chock full of relevant,
irreverent and very informative data on circuit
clouts and their place in BoSox legend, lore and
fact, while the latter is all one would want to know
(and some things one might not want to know) about
the Boston Red Sox of 1939. Both books HIGHLY
RECOMMENDED for Red Sox fans.
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