"Going Long" and
other Worthy Reads
Frommer on Sports
Oral history is my forte as is sports books. So I came into the reading
of "Going Long" by Jeff Miller (McGraw-Hill, $24.95, 398 pages) with
keen interest. I was especially hooked by the book's sub-title - - "The
Wild Ten-Year Saga of the Renegade American Football League in the Words
of Those Who Lived It."
"Going Long" does not disappoint. Miller, an editor for the Dallas
Morning News, fuses interviews with players, coaches, owners, and other
informed and articulate witnesses to the decade that was of the old AFL.
Innovations, incredible characters, marker moments are all given the up
close and personal treatment here. The "Voices" range from Ed Abramoski,
Bill trainer through Gino Cappelletti, Patriots 196069, to John Hadl,
Chargers 1962-69 to Otis Taylor Chiefs 1965-69 to Sam Wyche Bengals
1968-69 - and of course Joe Namath Jets 1965-69. The times and the
league do come alive. Readers will enjoy the bibliography, stats, and
In a football frame of mind, there is also "The Making of the Super
Bowl" by Don Weiss with Chuck Day (Contemporary Books, $24.95, 400
pages). Weiss now serves on the NFL Competition Committee. He was
executive director of the NFL - - and he knows his stuff. The book is
an in depth, information loaded retrospective on what some call the
"greatest game of them all" - the Super Bowl. It began on an autumn day
in 1966 in a board room in New York City. From those small first steps
the NFL's ultimate game has become a sports/media/cultural event, and a
Weiss and Day present fascinating stories about the way Super Sunday
came to be. There is trivia, sports history, fascinating sketches and
profiles of football personalities, and behind the scenes looks at
ultimate games. and the man in charge of game-day operations for every
Super Bowl played, Don Weiss offers a riveting chronicle of the ultimate
grudge match, from its humble beginnings in a New York City boardroom
through its 36 years of hype and hoopla to its ascent into
"Men and Speed" by G. Wayne Miller (Public Affairs, $16.50, 322 pages)
is a lively and lucid read if you want to pay the bloated price for this
paperback effort. The book is an inside look into the world of NASCAR.
"True Believers" by Joe Queenan (Henry Holt and Company, $23,00, 236
pages) is sub-titled "the tragic inner life of sports fans." Queenan
utilizes nasty humor and telling one-liners to reflect on what it is
like to be a fan. Enjoyable reading.
The pocked sized book from Towlehouse Publishing - "Golf in the Year
2100 by Bob Labbance ($12.95 - not a misprint, 118 pages) may appeal to
golf zealots. For the rest of us, no. The book is billed as "a fanciful
glimpse at the future of golf" and that it is.
Harvey Frommer is the author of 33 sports books, including "The New York
Yankee Encyclopedia, "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," "Growing Up
Baseball" with Frederic J. Frommer and "Rickey and Robinson: The Men Who
Broke Baseball's Color Line." His "A Yankee Century: A Celebration of
the First Hundred Years of Baseball's Greatest Team" will be published
in paperback in October 2003.
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