By Dr. Harvey Frommer
Many tomes have been published
geared to making a buck on Wrigley Field’s
centennial year. As a collection they are not top
rank aside from George Will’s wondrous entry. Now we
have another contender “Wrigley Field Year By
The coffee table sized book by Sam
Pathy with an appealing intro by the sagacious
Official Historian of MLB, John Thorn, (Sports
Publishing, $35,00, 362 pages) is a winner in every
way. Priced right, a labor of love and accuracy by
the public librarian author who spent the past
quarter century researching Wrigley’s history, this
handsomely designed effort belongs on your sports
bookshelf. Everything one might want to know about
Wrigley’s century is here, packaged and concise.
Full disclosure – as the author of Remembering
Yankees Stadium and Remembering Fenway Park, I can
fully appreciate the effort Sam Pathy put forward.
“Throwback” by Jason Kendall (St.
Martin’s Press, $25.99, 291 pages) is a winner in
the same way its author was. Former All Star catcher
Kendall takes us behind the scenes, into the game,
allowing us to see the national pastime with all of
its nuances through his eyes. The look is
astonishing, amazing and enliftiningas get inside
the clubhouses, inside the conversations at the
plate. Highly Recommended.
From long-time and storied author
Stan Fischler comes “Having a Career Day” (Sports
Publishing, Skyhorse). The terrific tome showcases
Fischler’s vast knowledge of the national pastime.
Terse takes on 101 Incredible, Amazing baseball
accomplishments are showcased.
“A Difficult Par” by James R.
Hansen (Gotham Books, $32.50, 498 pages) is an epic
work focused on the world of golf and the legend
that is Robert Trent Jones. Painstakingly
researched, filled with kinds of fascinating
insights, - the book as its sub-title proclaims is
all about the making of modern golf. We are there
through the 70 year career of the mighty Jones who
created or redesigned in excess of 400 golf courses
around the globe. Highly Recommended.
“The Devil’s Snake Curve” by Josh
Ostergaard (Coffee House Press, $15.95, 236 pages,
paper) is unique, insightful, humorous and worth
reading. It is a kind of radical and high subjective
view of the national pastime, a kind of “Fargo” of
“I Don’t Care If We Never Get
Back” from Grove Atlantic by Ben Blatt and Eric
Brewster ($24.00, 342 pages) is about the ultimate
road trip taken by these college friends. It covers
22,000 miles, 37 states, 716 hours . . . exhausted
enough? The book is a winner focusing as it does on
“30 Games in 30 Days on the Worst Best (or Best
Worst) Baseball Road Trip Ever.”
This is the first of many planned
tomes on the Yankee legend Mariano Rivera – “Facing
Mariano Rivera” edited by David Fischer (Sports
Publishing, $24.95, 275 pages).It is essentially a
collection of mini memoirs from such as Joe Torre,
David Ortiz, Chipper Jones, Jim Leyland, John Smoltz
– friends and foes alike on what it was like to come
into contact with “the Sandman.” Required reading
for all fans of the great Mario.
Finally, there is Tim Hornbaker’s
“Turning the Black Sox White” (Sports Publishing,
$24.95, 368 pages). Thorough, painstakingly
researched, revisionist, Hornbaker’s opus is an
effort to untarnish as the book’s sub-title
proclaims: “The Misunderstood Legacy of Charles A.
Frommer is in his 39th year of writing books. A
noted oral historian and sports journalist, the
author of 42 sports books including the classics:
best-selling“New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and
best-selling “Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball,”
his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium was
published in 2008 and best-selling Remembering
Fenway Park was published to acclaim in 2011. The
prolific Frommer is at work on WHEN IT WAS JUST A
GAME, AN ORAL HISTORY OF SUPER BOWL ONE.
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