By Dr. Harvey Frommer
More and more sports books keep on
getting published. Some are like bunts that go foul.
Others are scratch hits. Still others are home runs.
And finally there are the grand slammers. All are to
be rewarded for their effort - -if not their
“Mickey and Willie” by Allen Barra
(Crown Publishers, 496 pages, $27.00) is a grand
slammer. Thorough, compulsive reading, carefully
conceived and researched, the tome brings us back to
what I called “the last golden age” – a time when
New York City baseball was king and “the Mick” and
the “Say Hey Kid” were royalty. For those of a
certain age this is required reading. For others, it
is a dual narrative/bio worth the effort. NOTABLE
“So you Think You Know Baseball”
by Peter E. Meltzer (Norton, $16.95, 344 pages,
paper) is as its sub-title proclaims a guide to the
official rules. Also from Norton is “Mathletics” by
John D. Barrow m($16.95, 320 pages, paper) a book in
which the author applies his know-how about stats,
economics and physics to talk about 100 things one
didn’t know, in the sub-title’s phrase, about the
world of sports.
“Walking With Jack” by Don J.
Snyder (Doubleday, $25.95.336 pages) is all about
the magic that many times takes hold in the
interaction between father and son on the golf
course. This book makes the reader realize the
“walk” a father will undertake to support his son.
Bonding is just one of the terrific themes of this
terrific tome. OUTSTANDING
“Color Blind” by Tom Dunkel
(Atlantic Monthly Press, $25.00, 345 pages) is about
a long ago time in the 1930s when Bismarck, North
Dakota had bragging rights to one of the most
dominating baseball teams in the USA. Dunkel does
the subject proud - - weaving a story together of a
team, a town and a time. Black and white players
bond together through the efforts of a Chrysler car
dealer who added stars from the Negro Leagues like
Quincy Troup and Satchel Paige. MEMORABLE
“Loudmouth” by Craig Carton (Simon
& Schuster, $24.99, 260 pages) is the first book by
the co-host of the Boomer and Carton show on WFAN-NY.
Unusual insights pervade this sometimes lively tome.