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“Mickey and Willie,” “Walking With Jack,” “Color Blind” and so on . . .


 Sports Book Reviews

 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 impact.

“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.

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About the Author:

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. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men's Heath, The Sporting News, among other publications.

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Harvey Frommer along with his wife, Myrna Katz  Frommer are the authors of five critically acclaimed oral/cultural histories, professors at Dartmouth  College, and travel writers who specialize in cultural history, food, wine, and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. 

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