The Hardball Times Baseball
Annual 2009 and other sports reads
Its sub-title proclaims: "Timeless commentary. Innovative stats.
Great Baseball writing."
And as they say it ain't bragging if you can back it up. And
"The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2009" (Acta Sports, $21.95,
380 pages, paper) backs it up page after page with new articles
(40 new essays), team by team stats and graphs, reports on some
of the hottest issues in baseball, number crunching and more
number crunching, and lots of attention paid to the Tampa Rays
and rightfully so.
"The Hardball Times" started life as a website focused on
baseball writing and lucky for everyone then evolved into this
book format. For the long winter and into the spring, this a
book to keep by your side, for reading, browsing, finding.
"Life Is More Than 9 Innings" by Frank Sullivan (Editions
Limited,$18.00, 197 pages, paper) is a real winner focused as it
is with honesty on the eight year career the 6'7" right-hander
had with the Red Sox in the 50s. A two time All Star, a member
of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, "Sully" can spin a tale very
well. We are there with him on and off the playing field along
with such as Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Jackie Jensen Mickey
Mantle, Frank Malzone and a host of others. A signed book is
$23.00 including postage. Checks to Frank Sullivan P.O. Box 1873
, Lihue, HI 96766.
Gridiron tomes abound at this time of year and a quartette of
especially interesting ones include: "Passing Game" by Murray
Greenberg, about how Benny Friedman helped to transform the game
of football (Public Affairs, $26.95, 358 pages), "Giants Among
Men" by Jack Cavanaugh (Random House,$26.00, 315 pages) and two
on the 1958 championship game between the Giants and Colts -
"The Best Game Ever" by Mark Bowden (Atlantic Monthly Press,
$23.00, 272 pages) and "The Glory Game" by Frank Gifford with
Peter Richmond (HarperCollins, $25, 95, 285 pages).
Taken together these four football books contribute insights,
appreciations and new awareness's of just a small part of the
large and entertaining universe of the game of football.