Frommer on Sports
A sure sign that spring is not that far away is the
trickling out of baseball books. The trickle will soon lead to a
torrent. A sampler of the late 2003 very early 2004 entries, something
for every taste, follows.
"Deadball Stars of the National League" edited by Tom Simon with a
foreword by Keith Olberman (Brassey's, $24.95, 367 pages, paper)
contains about 150 profiles of long ago baseball stars. Charming,
colorful content plus some nifty photos. Highly recommended for those
with an abiding interest in the topic.
The series goes on - this time with "Tales From the Braves Mound" by Leo
Mazzone and Scott Freeman (Sports Publishing, $19.95, 218 pages).
Mazzone, allegedly the best pitching coach around, has all kinds of
interesting tidbits about his time as top tutor to Atlanta star
hurlers. Quick and interesting reading - best for fans of what used to
be called "America's team."
From University of Nebraska Press comes two reprints of classic baseball
novels by Mark Harris that should be put on a special place on your
bookshelf. "Bang the Drum Slowly and "The Southpaw." Both books have
new introductions by the author and new looks.
"Opening Day at the Great American Ball Park" by Dann Stump (Sports
Publishing, $29.95, 158 pages) was published in tribute to Cincy's new
baseball backyard. Color photo rich and slim on text, this is a real
keepsake for fans of the Reds who don't have that much to cheer about.
Speaking of Cincinnati Reds - -what baseball book roundup would be
complete without "Pete Rose: My Prison Without Bars" (Rodale, $24.95,
322 pages. One of the great baseball players of all time and also a life
long gambler and a sufferer of oppositional defiant disorder, "Charlie
Hustle" waxes ineloquently about what he says are " . . .some
discoveries about myself in the last few years and I'm going to try and
talk about them as best as I can." For fans of Rose - this is very
required reading, and there must be many of them judging by the book's
success. If you are caught up in the Pete Rose story, this is
absolutely the book for you.
Of limited interest, but if you are in the "limited" category "Baseball
in Asheville" by Bill Ballew (Arcadia, $19.99, 128 pages) and "Baseball
in Mobile" by Joe Cuhaj and Tamara Carraway-Hinckle (Arcadia, $19.99,
128 pages) are interesting looks in words and pictures into the national
pastime's history in two different cities in the South. My real quarrel
is with the price - twenty bucks for slim paperbacks. Give the paying
reader a break.
Speaking about slim, from Madden Publishing comes three very slight but
appealing paperbacks: "Baseball Stories for the Soul," by W.C. Madden
and others, "Through the Knothole of Extra Innings," by C. Brooke
Rothwell and "Ted Williams 'Hey Kid, just get it over the plate!" by
Russ Kemmerer and W.C. Madden. Kemmerer played for four major league
teams and has anecdotes galore about that experience.
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AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to
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