Frommer on Sports
University Press Offer Fine Sporting Reads
Generally not regarded as big ticket items and
not big budget outlays, nevertheless University presses of the United
States often usher forth very interesting sports reading. Such is the
case with a quartette of books on the current scene.
From the University of Nebraska comes "Out of the Shadows" edited by
Bill Kirwin, ( $17.95, paper) and "Sports Heroes: Fallen Idols" by
Stanley H. Teitelbaum ($19.95, 283 pages). Northeastern University Press
offers "The First World Series by Roger I Abrams (paper, 196 pages) and
"Judaism's Encounter with American Sports" by Jeffrey S. Gerick is from
( Indiana University Press, $29.95, 234 pages).
While none of theses books really unearth or offer much in the way of
new information on their subject matter - all are winning tomes with a
point of view and careful research skills on display.
The Kirwin book is a collection of essays on African American Baseball
from the Cuban Giants to Jackie Robinson. Teitelbaum is a practicing
psychotherapist and his effort reveals this showing how what can elevate
athletes can at the same time can also operate to bring them down. "The
First World Series" focuses on that long ago 1903 event and sets it in
the context of that time.
As one who was the Executive Producer and Guest Curator for "Stars of
David: Jews in Sports" exhibit in Washington, D.C., I was especially
interested in Gurock's book. It did not disappoint - yielding up data
and details on the lives of 19-21st century Jewish athletes.
NOTABLE: "The Old Ball Game" by Frank Deford (The Grove Press, $24.00,
241 pages)is focused on how John J. McGraw, Christy Mathewson and the
New York Giants created modern baseball, Deford's book explicates how
New York City was becoming the most important metropolis in America and
baseball was becoming America's game - at the turn of the century before
last. He mixes and matches this information against the backdrop of two
future Hall of Famers - the tough guy "Little Napoleon" McGraw and the
college educated "Mr. Clean Mathewson. This is one terrific read.
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