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Sports Book Review

The Book Review: "Cooperstown Confidential," "Fighting Words"

It never fails to amaze me as a reviewer now of thousands of baseball books to my credit how many different takes, slants, insights into the world of games and sports can exists. Case in point are the new books - - "Cooperstown Confidential," "Fighting Words."

"Cooperstown Confidential" by Zev Chafets (Bloomsbury, USA, $25.00, 240 pages) is an up close and personal and also a behind the scenes look at the Baseball Hall of Fame and its inhabitants = living and dead. Part encyclopedia, part expose, part consciousness raiser, "Cooperstown Confidential" goes where few have even ventured - - -giving us a look as its subtitle proclaims at "Heroes, Rogues, and then Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame."

"Fighting Words" by Jerry Beach (Rounder, $24.95, 232 pages) probes and explains the sometimes sour and sordid relationship between the Boston media and the Old Towne Team. Ted Williams referred to the press in Boston as "the knights of the keyboard" and also used saltier phrases to characterize the sometimes over-reaching and unfair scribes around him. "Fighting Words" hits a home run going into depth about the media, the Boston Red Sox, and the always worth talking about relationship between them. Solid research, no punches pulled, crisply written = this one is a winner.

"Live All You Can" by Jay Martin (Columbia University Press, $22.95, 155 pages) is all about that well told story that Alexander Joy Cartwright and not Abner Doubleday was the true inventor of baseball. If you are into an academic treatise into the topic this is the book for you. If you are into spending almost 23 bucks for a book that actually runs about 122 pages when one discounts the appendices, notes, bibliography and index = this, too, is the book for you.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: With a quartette of Jewish players on the All Star rosters this season, especially attractive and timely is the 5th and edition of "Jewish Major Leaguers: 2009." The set contains photos and stats of all current players, Jewish Baseball "record-setters" and "firsts" along with updated cards of "Career Leaders" and a complete all-time roster of Jewish players. Should make a great gift for someone you know.

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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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