Frommer on Sports
"Gay Talese Reader" and more
As 2010 roars to its close, there’s terrific hot stove
reading or year end browsing of sports-related books there for the
taking. Herewith, a winning lineup. Enjoy
A sure bet for fantasy baseball fans from Acta Sports is
“Graphical Player” edited by John Burnson ($22.95, 285 pages, paper).
Over 1,050 minor and major league players are featured in dashboards of
stats and graphs. There are also 100 top prospects profiled with three
expert opinions per profile. There are tables comparing each player to
his competition at his position, four years of career stats for each
player and so much more. If ever a book was worth the price -
-“Graphical Player” - definitely is.
"Gay Talese Reader" (Walker,
$14.95, 265 pages, paper) is worth the price spotlighting as it does some of the
classic sports pieces by one of the classiest writers around. We are there with
the talented Talese as he searches for and ruminates on Ernest Hemingway, the
Joes - - DiMaggio and Louis, Muhammad Ali and more.
Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History" (Bloomsbury, $25.00, 223 pages) is
the hoop game as viewed by FreeDarko and company. It is a view of roundball from
all kinds of perspectives, some a bit dizzy for the conventional reader, but all
entertaining. For example, the book has a section in living color on "Only the
Ball Was Orange" about early barnstorming teams like the Rens, Original Celtics,
et al, and another section on "The Hair Up There" from shaved (Slick Watts) to
Afro (Wes Unseld) to Big Afro (Artis Gilmore). UNCOVENTIONALL BUT INTERESTING
"Lucky Me" by Eddie Robinson with C. Paul Rogers III (SMU Press, $23.95, 252
pages, 42b&w photos) is a memoir of 65 splendid years spent in baseball.
Robinson, premier first baseman, nifty southpaw swinger, has tales to tell
about players and others he played with (or worked) with and against like
Babe Ruth, Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Casey Stengel, Brooks Robinson, George
Steinbrenner . . . "Lucky Me" is what any reader will see reading this
insightful, interesting, involving tome. NIFTY.
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A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports
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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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