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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

FANTSYLAND and other Sporting Reads

Funny. Insightful.  Maniacal! A vivid journey. A fantasy trip!

"Fantasyland" by Sam Walker (Viking, $25.95, 353 pages)  is all of the above and more. 

It is a book that plumbs the colorful history of fantasy baseball from its beginnings in 1960 by a Harvard prof through its rise to being big business with $1 billion in yearly expenditures and more than 15 million United States  participants.

If you want a terrific read, if you want to have a truly heightened awareness of what fantasy baseball is and does - grab this mind boggling tome. 
Two books in the same mold  are "Sports Off-Center"  by Ken Widmann and Dan Appel  (Three Rivers Press, $14.95, 192 pages) and  "Shanks for Nothing" by Rick Reilly (Doubleday, $24.95, 253 pages).

The former is aimed at lampooning and also celebrating our sports obsessed culture.  The latter is a hilarious and irreverent look at the world of golf and characters who are part of its landscape.

HIGH NOTABLE: Mike Lupica has done it again.  "Heat"  (Philomel Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, $16.99, 324 pages) is a riveting read for ages 10 and up. It is all about Michael Arroyo, Cuban born, Bronx residing, lover of the New York Yankees and his team's opportunity to get to the Little League World Series lots of fabulous reading here.

FOR YOUNGER READERS:  "The Outside Groove" By Erik E. Esckilsen (Houghton Mifflin, $16.00, 258 pages) features Casey LaPlante who reluctantly gets behind the wheel of a stock car and learns what it is like to be the first  female driver at Demon's Run racetrack.  A heck of a read!


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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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