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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

The Book Review: "A Game Plan for Life" and "The Wizard of Waxahachie"

"A Game Plan for Life" by John Wooden (Bloomsbury, $25.00, 208 pages) is all about as its sub-title proclaims  the power of mentoring.  Nearing 100 at his next birthday, the the famed former UCLA basketball coach, the Wizard of Westwood,  serves up three pointers with a special focus on seven figures who helped shape his outlook on sports and life. If you are into Wooden and life lessons from a long lifer, this is for you.
  
"The Wizard of Waxahachie" by Warren Corbett (SMU Press, $24.95, 428 pages) evokes the life and times of Texan Paul Richards and his world of baseball in the fifties through the seventies. The first manager to track on-base percentage, the first to monitor pitch counts, Richards also invented the giant mitt for catchers of knuckeballs.  Fascinating read.  "The Wizard of Waxahachie" now has to stand as the definitive book on the subject.

"The Catch" by Gary Myers, (Crown $26.00) is all about the fabled moment in NFL history when quarterback Joe Montana threw the TD pass to Dwight Clark and all of San Francisco rejoiced. It is a book about that team but also about the team the catch defeated, the Dallas Cowboys. Myers has outdone himself in this breathtaking account that focuses on much more than a single catch. It is filled with compelling stories that take us into the inner workings of NFL franchises. MUST READ for pro football fans.

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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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