Frommer on Sports
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
"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
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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A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports
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"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
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