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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

“Walkoffs, Last Licks and Final Outs”  and Other  Worthwhile  Reads

All variety of prisms function quite nicely through which to view different aspects of the network of sports. Some have a narrow focus while others take a broader view. All have something to say, something to stay with us.

One of my favorites of recent seasons is Bill Chuck and Jim Kaplan’s “Walkoffs, Last Licks and Final Outs” (Acta, $14.95, 216 pages, paper). It features all matter of factoids, trivia, charts, facts and figures  focused on “baseball’s grand and not-so-grand finales.”

Fred Merkle failing to touch second, base, Carlton Fisk touching them all and waving his arms to wave the ball he hit fair in the 1975 World Series, Bobby Richardson catching the liner that Willie McCovey of the Giants hit at Candlestick Park, box scores, line scores, the last games in ball parks – the slim book  has a treasure trove of goodies for all baseball fans.  TOP OF THE HEAP

“Ty and the Babe” by Tom Stanton (St. Martins’ Press, $23.95, 288 pages) is a heartwarming and well researched book about the relationship of two of the greatest baseball players of all time and their showdown match in the 1941 Has-Beens Golf Championship. “Ty and the Babe” tells much about what many know little about. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

In sort of the same mold as “Ty and the Babe” comes “Arnie & Jack” by Ian O’Connor (Houghton Mifflin, $26.00, 354 pages). Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Arnold Palmer’s initial Masters triumph, a time he took the links together with Jack Nicklaus for an Ohio exhibition game, “Arnie & Jack” is a bit like the Stanton tome probing and explicating the relationship of the two golf icons. This is a book to read and read again and keep in a place of prominence on your bookshelf.

“101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out” by Josh Pahigan (Lyons Press, $28.95, 288 pages) despite its depressing title is a well researched work on all sorts of places across America that have a baseball connection: ballparks, restaurants like Ozzie  Smith’s,  the remnants of Forbes Field,  the gravesite of babe Ruth.

Get a bunch of baseball junkies together, give them the assignment to write about “When Boston Still Had the Babe: the 1918 World Champion Red Sox (Rounder Books, $18.95, 213 pages, paper) and have Bill Nowlin in charge of editing and you have a winner. There is so much info about the season and the roster that one does not have to be a fan of the Olde Towne team to enjoy this unusual and highly entertaining product. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL BASEBALL FANS.

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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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