More Articles | Home | - offers calling cards with great domestic and international rates. Sign up now and get 10% off instantly.

“Nailed,” “501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die” and much more . . .


 Sports Book Reviews

 By Dr. Harvey Frommer

“Nailed” by Christopher Frankie by Christopher Frankie (Running Press, $25.00, 288 pages) is as its sub-title notes is all about “the improbable rise and spectacular fall of Lenny Dykstra.” If you are interested in the subject matter - - kiss and tell – this is the book for you. The author, who needed a better editor, rambles through page after page of information no would really cares about showing the unlikable former Met, former financier, former con artist in all kinds of duplicitous moments like employing Craigslist job ads to get women to come to him. The former 13th round draft pick had his high moments – All Star, a hero in the World Series, ownership of an $18-millon mansion, a widely quoted financial savant. This book is not one of them.

Ron Kaplan’s “501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die” (University of Nebraska Press, paper, $24.95, 420 pages) is pricey for a paperback; nevertheless, the long time reviewer has outdone himself with this terrific research job. All types of baseball books are represented among the 501 favored by the author. Full disclosure – your faithful scribe is well represented with three of his books Remembering Fenway Park, Remembering Yankee Stadium and New York City Baseball. Bravo Ron – can’t wait for the next volume on football. 

“Bird at the Buzzer” by Jeff Goldberg (University of Nebraska Press, paper, 285 pages) is a through account of one of the legendary games in women’s basketball – Uconn-Notre Dame, March 6, 2001.

“How to Make Every Putt” by Dr. Joseph Parent (Gotham, 123 pages) is a slim volume filled with practical and theoretical tips on putting by a guy who knows the score.

From Simon and Schuster comes “Long Shot” by Mike Piazza with Lonnie Wheeler, $27.00, 374 pages). It is standard sports hero fare, a rags to riches story with a lot of “I did this” and “I did that” along the. This tome should especially appeal to fans of the Mets.

“Who’s On Worst” by Flip Bondy (Doubleday, paper) is a likable volume by the NY Daily News sports columnist. The work is a cavalcade of shouts and screams about some of the worst performers in the history of the national pastime.

“I Never Had It Made” – Jackie Robinson’s autobiography re-issued by Ecco Press (paper, 279 pages, $14.99 in time as collateral reading for the flick “42” is a moving and still relevant take on the man who broke baseball’s color line. The new edition has a classic look and feel to it.

"Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame" (Simon and Schuster, $35.00, 209 pages) features 200 full color images of bats, balls, player’s uniforms, historic documents. It is a trivia fan's delight showcasing such items as Jackie Robinson's Day-by-Day sheet from his rookie season, the "Green Light Letter" from FDR that urged that baseball go on as usual during the second world war, spikes worn by "Shoeless Joe" and in full disclosure buttressing your reviewer’s claim in his "Shoeless Joe ad Ragtime Baseball" that Joseph Jefferson Jackson wore shoes - expensive ones and baseball spiked ones, too.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

"The Baseball Instagrams of Brad Mangin" (Cameron & Company, $18.95, 160 pages) is a delightfully designed book that features photographs through the lens of an iPhone in the square format of Instagram. The especially tiny sized tome has very little in the way of words but packs a wallop with a marvelous variety of baseball photos. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED    
From author Lucas Mann and Pantheon publishers comes “Class A” Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere” (336 pages, $26.95). This is a beautifully created and lyrical look at a year in the life of minor-league baseball team and the factory town in Iowa. The story of the 2010 Clinton LumberKings belongs on your sportsbookshelf. It will remain on mine. NOTABLE 

#  #  #

You can reach Harvey Frommer at:   

Email:  harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU 

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.

FROMMER SPORTSNET (syndicated) reaches a readership in the millions and is housed on Internet search engines for extended periods of time.
on Twitter:
on Linked In:
on the Web:

Dr. Frommer is the Official Book Reviewer of Travel-Watch. 
*Autographed copies of Frommer books are available .

Other Frommer sports related articles can be found at:   

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. 

This Article is Copyright © 1995 - 2014 by Harvey Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

| Top of Page | More Articles | Home |


Questions or Problems? Email:
Last Revised: Friday, May 15, 2015 06:38:58 AM
Copyright © 1995 - 2013 Travel-Watch. All rights reserved worldwide.
Travel-Watch - 1125 Bramford Court, Diamond Bar, CA 91765 - Phone: 909-860-6914 - Fax: 909-396-0014
Email: - Web: