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The Gene Conley Story: One of a Kind     

Red Auerbach, Celtic legend, remarked: Gene Conley was one of the greatest athletes of our generation" Red ought to know. He coached Gene on the Boston Celtics. The 6' 8" Conley also pitched (at the same time) for the Boston Red Sox.  Incredible.

Incredible, yes, and  "The Gene Conley Story: One of A Kind" by Kathryn R. Conley (Advantage Books,  1-888-383-3110)  is an incredible kind of book.

The only athlete to win a world championship in both the NBA and Major League Baseball, Conley was a just a jock all the time. "I enjoyed all sports," he notes, "but especially basketball and baseball. I played both well enough to excel. I never had it in my mind to be a professional athlete even with all the accomplishments."

Written by Kathryn Conley, Gene's wife, "One of A Kind" is a remarkable account of the life and times of one of the top all around athletes produced in the United States. His highs and lows, his uncensored opinions, his characterizations of so many famous sports figures - all make this a wondrous read.

Now in paperback from Thomas Dunne Books "Brushbacks and Knockdowns" by Allen Barra deals interestingly with all sorts of old fashioned baseball legends, lore and likes.  "License to Deal" by Jerry Crasnick (Rodale, $24.95, 328 pages) is a truly inside look at the world of baseball agents focusing as it does on the way of life of Matt Sosnick.

Also from Rodale comes "The Slam" by Curt Sampson about Bobby Jones and his epic feat 75 years ago - becoming the first golfer to win the Grand Slam and "The Jump" by Ian O'Connor, a book focused in depth on Sebastian Telfair's roller coaster ride out of Coney Island to a big-time pay-off in the NBA. Finally, from Rodale  "Fun is Good" is focused on steps to make your work life and career better by Mike Veeck (son of Hall of Fame club owner Bill) and Pete Williams.  

Then there is "1939 Baseball's Turning point" by Talmadge Boston (Bright Sky Press, $24.95, 288 pages). With a foreword by John Grisham and a preface by Baseball Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey, the tome has all the bases covered. Content includes the opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame that year of 1939,  the creation of Little League Baseball, essays on heroes like Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Satchel Paige. A keeper of a book.

From  Advantage Publishers Group comes books that any golfer or fan of the sport would love to have: "These Guys Are Good" by Bob Cullen ($40.00, 224 pages) "The Ultimate PGA Tour Book of Trivia" by Mark Cubbedge ( $9.95, 240 pages) "PGA Tour Fan Guide" (19.95, 240 pages). "These Guys Are Good" is a beautiful looking, lavishly illustrated work that celebrates the players, the moments and the greatest shots in the history of golf. "The Ultimate PGA Tour Book of Trivia" contains more than 600 question and answers and - terrific brain teasers. "PGA Tour Fan Guide" is a complete and highly user friendly guide book for the three tours -PGA, Champions and Nationwide.

"One of A Kind" (with apologies to Gene and Kathy Conley)  by Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson (Atria Books, Simon and Schuster $25.00, 315 pages) is the authorized bio about the rise and fall of Stuey "The Kid" Ungar, the greatest poker player in the world. For those into the game, this book is a must.  Readable, riveting, rich in details.

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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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