The ESPN book and other Summer Reads
“Those Guys Have All the Fun” by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales (Little Brown, 763 pages, $27.99) is a mother lode of data about the world of ESPN. This oral history has more than 500 voices including Chris Berman, Erin Andrews, Jimmy Kimmel, Tony Kornheiser, Rush Limbaugh, Tony Hawk, Dick Vitale.
The result is a masterwork – a behind-the-scenes look at the media monolith that was and now is more than ever - -ESPN – told by many of the people who observed and experienced it. As an oral historian, I can truly appreciate the hard work and the creativity that went into this exceptional book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
From Excelsior Editions (SUNY Press) comes a quartette of sports titles of varying subject matters but all interesting. The star of the four is “The Stadium” with photographs by Jon Plasse ($19.95, coffee table size). This slim volume is sub-titled “Images and Voices of the Original Yankee Stadium.” One could quibble with that wording since the “original Yankee Stadium got a face lift in the 1970s. No Matter – this is a worthy work showcasing artful black and white images to my knowledge never before seen in a book. BELONGS ON YOUR SPORTS BOOKSHELF.
Others from Excelsior include: “When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport” by Allen Bodner, $24.95,207 pages, paper), “Blows to the Head” by Binnie Klein ($19.95, 197 pages). The book’s slant is how boxing changed the author’s mind. And finally there is “Six Weeks in Saratoga” by Brendan O’Meara ($24.95, 267 pages) all about the wondrous tale of Rachel Alexandra, the three-year-old filly who ran to triumph in the Preakness 2009.
Full disclosure: As the author of what people are calling the definitive book on Fenway: “Remembering Fenway Park” and as one of the newest members of Red Sox Nation, I am pleased to review the children’s book “Frankie Goes to Fenway” by Seneca Clark and Sandy Giardi with illustrations by Julie Decedve and “Fenway Park” by Saul Wisnia.
“Frankie Goes to
Fenway” (Three Bean Press, $18.95, coffee table size) is sure to please
fans of all ages. It is cleverly written, artfully illustrated and a
product that much loving care went into. It features Frankie who exited
his Vermont domicile and happily took up residence at Fenway. It was a
blissful existence until a New York cat came on the scene. HIGHLY
RECOMMENDED. The Wisnia book is a slight job
with a hefty price tag 173 pages and $29.99. Many long sentences mar
coherence; a good editor was needed.
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