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"Dick Vitale's Living a Dream"
and Other Worthy Reads

Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

                            
You've seen him on TV. You've heard that raspy, animated voice. You've marveled at his knowledge of hoops. You've been impressed by his energy. Now for all his fans there is "Dick Vitale's Living a Dream" by Dick Vitale with Dick Weiss (SportsPublishingLLC, $24.95, 316 pages).

Weiss, a sportswriter for the New York Daily News, worked very well with the hyper Vitale to create an amusing, intelligent and quotable tome. Vitale rummages through his memory bank of a quarter century of coaching, broadcasting and hanging out with the greats, near greats and gym rats of basketball.

The book begins with a chapter called CABLE VISION. "Look at me. I'm flying, man. There I was, flying over the crowd in an Elvis costume on the ESPY awards show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas a few years ago." And from that flying start any reader will be swept away with the Vitale-isms. Great reading! 

"The Encyclopedia of Surfing" by Matt Warshaw (Harcourt, $40.00, 724 pages) is just the book for surfing zealots. Written by the former editor of "Surfer Magazine," it is an amazing collection of 300 photos and data about people, places, gear, events, terms and culture about the sport. Warshaw knows his stuff and writes interestingly and authoritatively about it. The book is billed by the publisher as the most complete reference book on surfing ever - no argument here.

"Hockey Stories On and Off The Ice"  by Dan Diamond and James Duplacey (Andrews McMeel Universal, $9.95, 272 pages, paper) is recommended reading for hockey fans. A little book in size, it is nevertheless filled with factoids, stats and fabulous data.

From the same publisher and writers with the addition of a third scribe Eric Zweig comes "The Ultimate Prize: The Stanley Cup" ($19.95, 192 pages). This over-sized paperback features full color photographs, team, coach and player statistics and profiles galore.  "The Ultimate Prize: The Stanley Cup" is lovely to look at and a hockey learning experience at the same time.

For the legion of fans of what was once "America's team," here is "Tales From the Dallas Cowboys" by Cliff  Harris and Charlie Waters (SportsPublishingLLC, $19.95, 224 pages). All kinds of Dallas memories of the 1970s and 1980s are included in short and entertaining takes. Waters and Harris were anchors of the Doomsday Defense and played in five Super Bowls together. They got it all right in this breezy book.

From David Claerbaut comes "Recruiting Confidential (Taylor Publishers, $24.95, 224 pages). The book is  sub-titled: "A Father, A Son and Big Time College Football." That aptly sums up the content which is a telling of  Claerbaut's son's adventure from starring in the gridiron game at a suburban high school to making his decision as where to spend his college seasons. Interesting read.

"Need for the Bike" by Paul Fournel is a slim book (University of Nebraska Press, $15.00, paper, 150 pages). But is a nice mix and match of memories and insights gathered by the author in a lifetime on the bike.

 

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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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