Frommer on Sports
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
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"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.
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