High Above Courtside
Frommer on Sports
Johnny Most was the long time (37 seasons a
play-by-play man) beloved voice of Boston Celtic basketball. "High Above
Courtside" by Mike Carey with Jamie Most (SportsPublishingLLC, $24.95,
425 pages) is at once a tribute, an autobiography, a time machine. Its
sub-title proclaims that it is "the lost memoirs of Johnny Most," and
that is probably what is the essence of the book most of all.
We are there with Johnny, the Jewish kid from New York, the WWII hero
who earned seven battle stars as an aerial gunner on a B-24. We are
there with him through the Celtic years (" Cream of the Crop," "Auerbach
and Russell," "Havlicek Stole the Ball," "Heinsohn Takes Center Stage,"
and on and on.
With an introduction by Red Auerbach and with an epilogue by Larry
Bird, "High Above Courtside" is an important book about the world of
the Boston Celtics and by extension of pro basketball. This worthy read
belongs in prominent place on your sports bookshelf.
"1,001 Reasons to Love Golf" by Mary Tiegreen and Hubert Pedroli
(Stewart, Talbori and Chang, $24.95, 320 fully illustrated pages)
celebrates experiences, thoughts and special moments. It is at once a
lovely book to look at and an encyclopedia of golf that yields much
From Hyperion Publishers comes "ESPN Sports Almanac 2004" ($12.99,
almost a thousand pages) of stats, lists, essays, analysis. If you are
into sports reference - this is the book for you.
Also from Hyperion is "In the Paint" by writer-producer Andrew Gottlieb
($16.95, 112 pages trade paperback). This tome clearly shows that any
subject is fair game for a sports book. In full color and not so full
text - the tattoos sported by NBA players and the stories behind them
are given the up close and perhaps too personal treatment. Factoid:
Alan Iverson leads the league with more than two dozen tattoos. If you
want to know what's on Karl Malone's leg or Chris Webber's chest - "In
the Paint" will let you know.
For the hockey zealots out there Firefly Books LTD has "Total Hockey
Conditioning: From Pee Wee to Pro" by Tudor Bompa and Dave Chambers
($19.95, 204 pages). In words, charts, pictures the author offer
direction for all age groups for working on strength, power, speed,
muscular endurance, agility and movement time. The book is quite a
"The Tournament" by John Clarke (Hyperion, $19.95, 279 pages) is a page
turning novel of the 20th century - odd, unusual, brilliant. The tennis
tournament that Clarke describes has figures like Albert Einstein,
Vincent Van Gogh and Sigmund Freud in the top rankings. These great
thinkers and others take part in a two week, 500 player tennis match.
SOUND BYTES: Unabridged and available now from Harper Audio at $34.95,
ten hours - "Sandy Koufax" by Jane Leavy and "Ten Rings by Yogi Berra
with Dave Kaplan, $25.95, five hours The former is read by Charley
Steiner while the latter is read by Yogi's son Dale.
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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.
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