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Sports Book Review

Chasing Bonds and Other Sporting Reads June 8th 2006


If there are still those among you who have not yet had your fill of the giant slugger after his aborted ESPN show, multi reams and reams of copy about him in newspapers and magazines and an internet explosion of data, gossip, editorializing about this most unpleasant of men - there is now for your consumption two books for the purchasing on Barry Bonds.

"Love Me, Hate Me" by Jeff Pearlman (HarperCollins, $25.95, 365 pages) is an  over-stuffed Bonds fest with over 500 interviews used to give heft to this no holds barred profile of Barry Bonds, the man we know too much about. The book makes for good reading.

By Mark Fainaru- Wada and Lance Williams, San Francisco Chronicle reporters.
"Game of Shadows" (Gotham Books, $26.00, 332 pages) is a more focused tome as it has in its sightlines Bonds, Balco and Steroids. Part detective story, part
investigative reporting, part excessive rehashing of newspaper clips, "Game of
Shadows " does put the very over-exposed Mr. Bonds in the most compromising of positions. There is a lot to digest here.

In the completely revised and updated second edition of "The Great Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Major League Baseball" by David Nemic (University of Alabama Press, $69.95, 1.056 pages) has complete player rosters for every team 1871-1900, an extensive alphabetical roster for every player, manager and umpire in that century. If you are into that era - or in to baseball history -go for this one.

"Hammerin Hank" by Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy (Lyons Press, $22.95, 252
pages) is sub-titled "How the Media made Henry Aaron" and the tome is a very
interesting read as it attempts to answer the question - who was Hank Aaron? -
-a sleepy slugger a Civil Rights activist or the sports hero of the 1970s packaged and primed to be consumed by the public? Stewart and Kennedy have the right stuff here.


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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. 

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