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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

Holiday Sporting Reads 2005 - (Part 1)

     


The various prisms through which the world of sports can be viewed are all on parade in this holiday season's inventory. There are books for every budget, every taste, every age.

"7,000 Clams" by Lee Irby (Broadway, $23.95, 350 pages) is an intriguing novel set in St. Petersburg, Florida in the Roaring Twenties. Irby, a college history prof lives in St. Pete and knows his town and its history well and has a way with words. All kinds of zany and colorful characters (especially babe Ruth) are all over the pages of this terrific read.

"The Book on the Book" by baseball historian Bill Felber (St. Martin's Press, $24.95, 408 pages) is an in depth and analytical treatment of the game on and off the field that includes the most unappreciated words in baseball as well  as the reasons for the decline and fall of the starting pitcher and all kinds of other statistical and theoretical asides.

For those interested in very special spheres of the national pastime there is "Baseball in 1889" by Daniel M. Pearson (Bowling Green State U, Popular Press, paper, 234 pages) focused on Players Vs. Owners and the creation of the short-lived Brotherhood League, "The Hidden Game of Baseball by Paul Dickson (Walker, $12.00, 238 pages, paper) focused on how signs have influenced baseball, and "Dean of Umpires" by Bob Luke (McFarland, 313 pages, paper) a wonderfully interesting  bio of Bill McGowan who umpired 2,532 consecutive games and was a legend in his time and to this day.

NOTABLE:  From Bison Books and the University of Nebraska Press comes re-issues from Pat Jordan "A False Spring" and "A Nice Tuesday." The former is one of the best novels about baseball ever, and the latter is a moving memoir by the author. If you have never read Pat Jordan - now is the time!

"Hockey Town: Life Before the Pros" by Ed Arnold (McClelland & Stewart, $217,99, paper, 368 pages) is a love of a book for those interested in the ice game. Peterborough, Ontario is truly the cradle of hockey spawning coaches and players who made it big in the NHL. The book is told by fathers, fans, players is a wonderful read.   From the same publisher comes "Rebel League" by Ed Willes ($19.95, 277 pages, paper). The book for hockey buffs re-telling seven season of the short and unruly life of the World Hockey Association.

**Harvey Frommer is the author of 37 sports books, including the classics: "New York City Baseball," "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," "Rickey and Robinson," "The New York Yankee Encyclopedia," "A Yankee Century," and Red Sox Vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry" (with Frederic J. Frommer). "The Sports Junkie's Book of Trivia, Terms and Lingo is his latest tome and his "Old Time Baseball" will be published in 2006.

 

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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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