"Dick Vitale's Living
and Other Worthy Reads
Frommer on Sports
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
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"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.
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