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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

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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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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