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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

DEADBALL STARS of the American League and Other Spring Reads

Even the nearly 600 foot winding driveway that leads to my home is becoming more and more bearable as winter's bad weather memories recede and the "Boys of Summer" books make their way up to the house by sometimes cheerful and careful UPS and FedEx drivers.

"DEADBALL STARS of the American League" edited by David Jones (Potomac Books, $24.95, 812 pages, paperback) is a mother and father lode of data offering nearly 140 bios of players and personalities from that long ago time. The whole deal was put together by more than 85 members of SABR's Deadball Era Committee.

For fans of the Red Sox of Boston  -here are two for you.

The reissued "Fenway" by Dan Shaughnessy and Stan Grossfeld (Houghton Mifflin ($29.95, 190 pages) hits a home run again!  It is billed as a bio of the Fens in words and pictures and that it is.

"The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox" edited by Bill Nowlin and Dan Desrochers (Rounder Books, 382 pages) is a fabulous collection of images and writing about the 100-1 BoSox team that went all the way.  Authoritative, entertaining, entrancing, this book belongs on your sports bookshelf. 
  
From Yale University Press comes  "Bart Giamatti A Profile" by Robert P. Moncreiff ($35.00, 219 pages with 22 black and white photos) which of course focuses on the life and times of the former baseball commissioner. Vivid, touching, perhaps not having as much baseball stuff in it as fans would like and a bit pricey  - this nevertheless is a highly worthwhile read.

Highly Notable:  "A Great Day in Cooperstown" by Jim Reisler (Carroll and Graf, $15.95, 241 pages, paper) is a splendid slice of Americana and baseball history told by a writer who knows the score.

"The story of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a triumph of public relations, organization and old fashioned persistence," Reisler writes. And from there on we are captivated by the twists and turns and politics of the time and the event.  Buy the book!  
 

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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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