Frommer on Sports
Holiday Reads, 2007: Part
I: "The Best Game Ever," "Connie Mack," "The Ultimate Yankees
Just in time for hot stove league reading, off season entertainment,
sitting before the fire, browsing and or serious reading comes a
bevy of books. All have a lot to offer
This blurb on the back cover of "The Best Game Ever," by Jim Reisler
(Carroll & Graf, $26.00, 280 pages) reads: "A home run of a book!
Jim Reisler has a terrific eye for details, a wonderful way with
words. He's done the best job ever with "The Best Game Ever!" That's
a heck of a blurb and really sums up the book and Reisler. I
should know. I wrote the blurb. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball" by Norman Macht
(University of Nebraska Press, $39.95, 708 pages) is a mother lode
of data, stories, perceptions about one of the legendary figures in
the history of the national pastime. Like a fine wine, "Connie Mack
and the Early Years of Baseball" brings back Mack as player,
manager, owner. If you are into baseball, get into this tome.
John Grisham once was cut from his college baseball team, but that
is another story. Somehow, he has managed to make a living in
another field. His 19th novel "Playing For Pizza (Doubleday, $26.95,
262 pages) will delight his fans and fans in general, telling as it
does a charming tale of Rick Dockery, former third string qb of the
Cleveland Browns who "makes it" playing in Italy for the magnificent
Parma Panthers. Read this love of a book in one sitting!
"The Ultimate Yankees Companion" edited by Gary Gillette and Pete
Palmer (Maple Street Press, $24.95, 388 pages) is as its sub-title
proclaims: "A Complete Statistical and Reference Encyclopedia."
Gillette and Palmer and their talented team have served up feasts
for Yankee fans having produced a book with all matter of Bronx
Bomber material. This is a book to place on your bookshelf and go
to often - - as Casey Stengel said: "You could look it up" and that
surely goes for "The Ultimate Yankees Companion."
One wouldn't think that a slim paperback focused on "Haunted
Baseball" by Mickey Bradley and Dan Gordon (Lyons Press, $14.95, 275
pages) would have so much appeal. But the book is nifty focusing as
it does on ghosts, curses, legends and eerie events that have been
a part of the national pastime. I was especially attracted to the
chapter "The Ghosts of Yankee Stadium." I wonder why.
BOOKENDS: Interesting sports paperbacks from the University of
Nebraska Press include:" A Season in Purgatory by Tony Moss about
Villanova and as the sub-tile notes "life in college football's
lower class; "Tricksters in the Madhouse" by John Christgau, a
meticulous flashback to February 19, 1948 - Minneapolis Lakers
versus Harlem Globetrotters for the "unofficial world championship"
before blacks played in pro basketball; "The Poetics of Golf" by
Andy Brumer is just that and if you are a golfer, a fan of the game,
read this book and enjoy!
# # #
You can reach
Harvey Frommer at:
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.
FROMMER SPORTSNET (syndicated) reaches a readership in the millions and
is housed on Internet search engines for extended periods of time.
on Twitter: http://twitter.com/south2nd
on Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?locale=en_US
on the Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer
Dr. Frommer is the Official Book Reviewer of Travel-Watch.
*Autographed copies of Frommer books are available .
Other Frommer sports related articles can be
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.