Frommer on Sports
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
"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
"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,
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,
pages) is sub-titled "How the Media made Henry Aaron" and the tome is
interesting read as it attempts to answer the question - who was Hank
-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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