The Book Review: "THE
OPEN: GOLF'S OLDEST MAJOR."
There are sports books and there are sports books
and then there is "THE OPEN: GOLF'S OLDEST MAJOR." You don't
even have to be a fan of golf or know much about it to want to
own and savor this wondrous tome.
"THE OPEN: GOLF'S OLDEST MAJOR" (Rizzoli, $60.00, 304 pages, 9"
X 12"/ 240 color and black and white illustrations) with text by
Donald Steel, a foreword by Arnold Palmer, afterword by Peter
Dawson - -is quite a package. Published to commemorate the 150th
anniversary of the Open Championship, Rizzoli has partnered
with R&A and Getty Images for this massive and significant
The book is like a time machine as it profiles
and praises goes back through time to the 14 iconic links along
the coastline of Britain where the Open has been staged. A
chapter focused on each course, highlights special moments,
tradition, competitors are just a small part of the content.
From Arcadia Publishers comes a quartette of
interesting books in their "Images of Baseball" series. There is
"Chicago Cubs Baseball on Catalina Island," "Eastern Shore
League," "Baseball in Birmingham" and "South Carolina Sports
Legends." All in paper, all priced at $21.99, all with a
From MVP Books comes Minnesota Twins by Dennis
Bracklin and Patrick Reusse ($30.00, 192 pages, ) and
Philadelphia Phillies by Rich Westcott ($25.00, 144 pages). For
fans of these teams these coffee table books are recommended
with their many photos and stories about the Twins and the
Skyhorse Publishing offers two paperbacks: "Red Sox by the
Numbers" by Bill Nowlin and Mathew Silverman and "Yankees by the
Numbers." Both are priced at $14.95 and proclaim they present "a
complete team history . . .by uniform number."