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"Garden of Dreams" and Other Special Reads

Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review


George Kalinsky is one of the most honored and celebrated sports photographers ever. His newest effort "Garden of Dreams"  (Abrams, $35.00,224 pages has many spectacular images of Madison Square Garden history and icons Kalinsky has shot and known like Ali, Sinatra, Garland, Gretzky.
A highly interesting complement to the terrific photos is a bevy of commentaries from more than two dozen legendary types who have either witnessed or been participants to "Garden life". These include Billy Crystal, Bill Bradley, Woody Allen, Peggy Fleming, Spike Lee, etc.

Another Dodger book? Yes, but a special one.  "The Dodgers 120 Years of Dodgers Baseball" by Glenn Stout (Houghton Mifflin, $35.00, 480 pages, is a massive tome of all things relevant about the team in words and pictures carefully chosen. The book is a worthy  work to underscore the 120th anniversary of the franchise. One of the special aspects of the work is that it covers both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Brooklyn Dodgers all in one sweeping story.

For holiday gift giving, for browsing, for that special place on your coffee table - pick up  "Lance Armstrong: Images of a Champion"  with 250 full color photographs by Graham Watson (Rodale Books, $35.00, $49.95). The book showcases Armstrong competing, relaxing, in his universe of friends, family, coaches, and the cycling fraternity.

For those who can't get enough football reading there are many new books out there aimed at all tastes, all eras. "Patriot Reign" by former Boston Globe columnist - Michael Holley(Morrow $23.95, 240 pages) gives insights and anecdotes galore into the NFL's newest dynasty and gets into National Football League culture in a big way. "The Heisman" by Bill Pennington (Regan Books/HarperCollins, $25.95, 347 pages) profiles an interesting collection of trophy winners ranging from Glenn Davis, a 1945 star for Army through Jim Plunkett who made his mark with Stanford in 1970 to Ricky Williams who grabbed the headlines at the University of Texas in 1998.

Brand new paperbacks include  the entertaining memoir "Do You Love Football?!" by John Gruden (Perennial/HarperCollins ($13.95, 246 pages) and "Blood Sundays" by Mike Freeman (Perennial/HarperCollins, $13.95, 302 pages), a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at NFL life.

From Taylor Trade Publishers comes two winning tomes. There is "Natural Enemies" by John Kryk ($26.95, 318 pages) which gets inside the fierce and historic rivalry between Notre Dame and Michigan. There is "Bart Starr" by David Claerbaut ($24.95, 224 pages). The book is a bio of the former Green Bay great and also a very inspirational story of what grit and drive can accomplish. Nice guys, in this case, do finish first.
"The Game of the Century" by Michael Corcoran (Simon and Schuster, $22.95, 191 pages) is a slim but fascinating take on Nebraska against Oklahoma on November 25, 1971. The author interviewed players, coaches, reporters and witnesses to the game and serves up a re-imagination and re-creation of that epic contest.

Golf book readers should seek out "In Search of Tiger" by Ian Stafford (Lyons Press, $19.95, 295 pages) and "The Grand Slam" by Mark Frost (Hyperion, $30.00, 512 pages). The Stafford book is a whirlwind ride through the universe of golf - funny, insightful, for all those consumed by the sport.  The Frost narrative is compelling, very well researched, a social history that paints a vivid portrait of golfing great Bobby Jones and his times.

Easy and enjoyable reading is "Baseball's Good Guys" by Marshall J. Cook and Jack Walsh (SportsPublishing,  $24.95, 261 pages). Narratives focus on such as Joe Torre, Derek Jeter, Vin Scully, Tommy John, etc.



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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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