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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

Holiday Sporting Reads 2005 - (Part 2)

For those on your special list or for your own pleasure as a reader and sports fan - there are many worthy books out there to reach out for as 2005 comes in a rush to its end. The following batch is worth going out of your way for.

"Super Bowl" An Official Retrospective"  by Rare Air Ltd (Ballantine, $35.00,  216 pages) is geared to the 40th anniversary of the NFL's cultural and sporting zenith. Coffee table in size, wide ranging in scope, filled with magical moments and comments from such as Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Bart Starr, etc, - it is a book packager's touchdown.
Of related interest but on not as grand a scale is" From Sandlots to the Super Bowl" by Craig R. Coenen (University of Tennessee Press, 342 pages). The book is a wonder as its fills in so much of the "shadow history" of the league - the five decades before the first Super Bowl in 1967. For serious fans and history buffs - highly recommended.

"Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection" by Geno Auriemma with Jackie MacMullan (Warner, $25.95, 316 pages) is a book to savor. Carefully crafted by the gifted Jackie MacMullan, we are there with "Geno" in his growing up (poor) years in his native Italy through his rise and successes as the head coach of women's basketball at the University of Connecticut. Inspiring, intriguing, highly interesting, this is a very classy sports book.

From Abrams Publishers comes "The Way of the Snowboarder by Rob Reed ($29.95,192 pages) with 160 full color illustrations. For all those with an avid interest in the wintry sport and for those who would like to learn a great deal about it - - this is the book for you. The whole history of the sport, insights into its nuances, and terrific images bringing the ice sport up close and personal all are here. 

Another superb entry in the growing list of "beautiful" books is  "Golf's Golden Age" by Rand Jerris, et al ( National Geographic, $45.00, 656 pages). The book's press release calls it "monumental in scope" which might be a bit of hyperbole, but "Golf's Golden Age" has a lot going for it - the photography of George S. Pietzcker especially.

And for the hot stove baseballers out there - required reading is "The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2006" ($17.95, 334 pages) insights and asides, observations and facts, cutting edge stats and analysis and (would you believe) more.

HIGHLY NOTABLE:  If you are a baseball card collector, or just a fan of the game and want a unique experience - - "Jewish Major Leaguers 2006 Update Edition" is a must. Current players, career leaders, all-time roster, women players, historic firsts and more - just some of the subject matter of these attractive and almost too good for flipping cards. A $35.00 check sent to  Jewish Major Leaguers 104 Greenlawn Avenue, Newton Massachusetts, 02459 will get you a set of these extraordinary baseball cards.

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Email:  harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU 

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. 

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