"A Feast for Football Fans"
Harvey Frommer's Sports Book Review
Imagine a book about the National
Football League that pays tribute to the all time 100 greatest players, 25
greatest teams, games and events - all in a $30.00 coffee table size
product of 160 pages. That's what DK Publishing has done in NFL's
Greatest, foreword by Steve Sabol, text by Phil Barber and John Fawz.
It's not in depth, but the choices
provided by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee makes for a
lively roller coaster ride of a book that races through 80 NFL seasons.
The "100 Greatest Players"
are showcased in full color action photographs and mini-profiles.
From Herb Adderley to Tony Dorsett to Deacon Jones to Bronco Nagurski to
Steve Young, the greats of the NFL are showcased.
Sidebar quotes along the way add much
to this section of the book. Among the best of these are fullback Jim
Taylor vowing: "No one is going to hit me harder than I hit them,
Roger Brown in awe: "Trying to bring Sayers down is like going
rabbit-hunting without a gun," Willie Brown bragging: "I was the
first guy ever to bump-and-run," Paul Brown emoting over fullback
Marion Motley: "When he ran off tackle, players seemed to fly of him
in all directions."
The "25 Greatest Teams"
range from the 1929 Packers to the 1998 Broncos, and from back-to-back
winners like the '40-'41 Bears and the '72-'73 Dolphins.
The section on the "25 Greatest
Games" is especially well done. It leads off with November 28, 1929:
"Nevers 40, Bears 6. In that game Ernie Nevers of the Chicago
Cardinals scored 6 touchdowns and had four extra-point kicks to score all
of his team's points. It is still the NFL's oldest record - 40 points
scored by one player in one game.
HAWK Occupation: Skateboarder by Tony
Hawk with Sean Mortimer (Regan Books, $23.00, 289 pages) is the
inspirational story of the most famous skateboarder in the world. It is an
autobiography that tells the story of Tony Hawk who went from being a
hyperactive "demon kid" with a 144 IQ to a man who is known as
the Michael Jordan of skateboarding.
The House of David Baseball Team by
Joel Hawkins and Terry Bertolino and The American League: The Early Years
by David Lee Poremba are both published by Arcadia and priced at $18.99
and running 128 pages. These books are slim on content but replete with
many interesting and nostalgic photographs. For diehard fans, these nicely
designed paperbacks are worth a look.
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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,
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