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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

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.

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About the Author:

Harvey Frommer is in his  38th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "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. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men's Heath, The Sporting News, among other publications.

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Harvey Frommer along with his wife, Myrna Katz  Frommer are the authors of five critically acclaimed oral/cultural histories, professors at Dartmouth  College, and travel writers who specialize in cultural history, food, wine, and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. 

This Article is Copyright 1995 - 2014 by Harvey Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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