Strangers in the Bronx, Red Sox Nation, and Big Data Baseball
With the All Star Game on
the horizon and mid-summer approaching,
a triple play of top baseball reads is
there for the taking and the reading.
From Triumph Publishers comes STRANGERS
IN THE BRONX and RED SOX NATION. From
Flatiron Books comes BIG DATA BASEBALL.
All belong on your sports bookshelf.
STRANGERS IN THE BRONX by
Andrew O’Toole ($28.95, 277 pages) could
have been even better with much tighter
editing, an index and an inclusion of a
Harvey Frommer Yankee book or two in the
But seriously and
despite those flaws, the book is a
diamond mine of data (lots re-cycled)
about that long ago time of the 1951
season, Yankees, Joe DiMaggio leaving
and Mickey Mantle coming. The real
strength of the book is the time machine
nature of a different world of baseball
and sports writing. Yankees. TOP DRAWER
RED SOX NATION is the
third act of the prolific and talented
Peter Golenbock’s first act of the same
name with added material – an oral
history. Originally published in 1992 as
Fenway then again in 2005 as Red Sox
Nation, the third terrific tome
tantalizes the reader with its depth and
breadth of BoSox lore, legend and
language. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ESPECIALLY
FOR SOX FANS
Big data Baseball by
Travis Sawchik (Flatiron Books, $26.99,
242 pages) is more than a fascinating
book about baseball and numbers. It is
an inside look at how the Pirates of
Pittsburgh were transformed from a small
markets franchise into big time player.
Sub-tiled, “Math, Miracles and the End
of a 20-year Losing Streak, “The book is
Moneyball plus. A KEEPER
IN THE WORKS FOR FALL
IN THE WORKS FOR FALL 2015:
Written by acclaimed sports author and
oral historian Harvey Frommer, with an
intro by pro football Hall of Famer
Frank Gifford, When It Was Just a Game
tells the fascinating story of the
ground-breaking AFL–NFL World
Championship Football game played on
January 15, 1967: Packers vs. Chiefs.
Filled with new insights, containing
commentary from the unpublished memoir
of Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram,
featuring oral history from many who
were at the game—media, players,
coaches, fans—the book is mainly in the
words of those who lived it and saw it
go on to become the Super Bowl, the
greatest sports attraction the world has
ever known. Archival photographs and
drawings help bring the event to life.
Dr. Harvey Frommer is in his 39th year
of writing books. A noted oral historian
and sports journalist, the author of 42
sports books including the classics:
best-selling “New York City Baseball,
1947-1957″ and best-selling “Shoeless
Joe and Ragtime Baseball,” his acclaimed
Remembering Yankee Stadium was published
in 2008 and best-selling Remembering
Fenway Park was published to acclaim in
You can reach
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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,
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