THE HARDBALL TIMES BASEBALL ANNUAL and other Hot
A sure sign that the hot stove league is in full
flower is the appearance of "The Hardball Times Baseball Annual" (ACTA
Sports, 352 pages, $19.95, paper). As Casey Stengel remarked a long
time ago: "You could look it up," and there is so
much to look up in this terrific tome, so much to learn, so much to
read. There is subject matter focused on the first World
Baseball Classic, the effect of steroids on baseball, the division
races in 2006 and the highly entertaining
Sidebar features add to your reading pleasure: John Scheuerholz,
general manager extraordinary is profiled, the history of the
Federal League is documented, top minor league players are given
interesting close ups. There is also a highly
intellectual look at the 100 best pitchers of all time - as ranked
by the "Hardball Times" Number one Roger Clemens through Number 66
Bob Friend to Number 100 Waite Hoyt.
And if all of the above is not enough - there are stats galore.
"The Hardball Times Baseball Annual" is truly a hot stove league
"Speed, Guts and Glory, 100 Unforgettable Moments in Nascar History" by Joe Garner (Warner Books, $26.99, 240 pages) is
an omnibus tour of some of the great moments in the sport. The gang
is all here from Dale Earhardt to Jeff Gordon to Tony Stewart and on
and on. If you are a fan of Nascar you must own this beautifully
edited, incredibly laid out, master effort.
It seems there is a bit of a publishing swell out there to rank
things in sports. In addition to "100 Unforgettable Moments in
Nascar History" there is also "The 100 Greatest Days in New York
Sports" by Stuart Miller ($35.00, 464 pages). The book has an
interesting premise and features such events as John Starks of the
New York Knicks and his dunk over M.J. in the 1993 eastern
conference NBA Finals, the Giants manhandling of the Chicago Bears
in the 1956 NFL championship game, Babe Ruth's record setting 60th
in 1927 at Yankee Stadium, the Subway Series return in 2002 -
Mets/Yankees, and on and on and on. If you are a die-hard Big
Apple sports fan - and want to read the old stories again - this is
the book for you. However, it could have been a better read with
more careful editing - -there is repetition and some clumsy sentence
In the same collection category - there is "Sports Illustrated Great
Football Writing" edited by Rob Fleder ($26.95) and "The Best
American Sports Writing, Michael Lewis guest editor (Houghton
Mifflin, 416 pages, $28.00). Both are replete with wonderful and
entertaining writing about their respective sports.
UP AND COMING: From Public Affairs in spring 2007 - THE GASHOUSE
GANG by John Heidenry and from Simon and Schuster from Jonathan Eig
will come a book on Jackie Robinson's first year. There is also to
look forward to "CRAZY '08" -by Cait Murphy, Smithsonian Books,
about the fabled 1908 baseball season.
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