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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

 “The Amazing Tale of Mr. Herbert and His  Fabulous Cowboys Baseball Club” and Other Sports Tomes

Big and beautiful, carefully conceived and masterfully organized, “The Amazing Tale of Mr. Herbert and His  Fabulous Cowboys Baseball Club” by DJ Stout (University of Texas Press, $34.95, 250 pages, coffee table Texas sized) is one of those books for your sports library that you keep.

Sub-titled “An Illustrated History of the Best Little Semipro Baseball team in Texas,” this work about the Alpine Cowboys is part cultural, all baseball. In the 1940s and 1950s mostly every small town in the USA had bragging rights to a baseball team as did the Big Bend Cowboys. The team played on Kokernor Field, a facility that rivaled many big league parks and many Cowboy players wound up as major leaguers

“The Amazing Tale of Mr. Herbert and His  Fabulous Cowboys Baseball Club” is a page turner, a wonderful addition to sports book history, a grand slam home run.

"The Most Memorable Games in Giants History" by Bernard Corbett and Jim Baker (Bloomsbury, $24.00,  372 pages) is an oral history of some of 13 top games ever of the legendary franchise. Such as Pat Summerall, Tucker Frederickson, George Martin, Phil Simms, Kerry Collins and Michael Strahan bring back the times of accomplishment and futility.

From Bison Books comes "Football's Last Iron Men" by Norman L. Macht ($14.95, 154 pages, paper) focuses in detail on 1934, Yale vs. Princeton, and a very stunning upset. Macht, author of more than 30 books, in vivid detail and with a marching narrative, shows how eleven Yale Elis on November 17, 1934 played the entire game with grit and guile -  and defeated the previously unbeaten Bulldogs, 7-0. HIGHY RECOMMENDED.

“Men of Kent” by Rick Rinehart (Lyons Press, $14.95, 210 pages, paper) is as its sub-title proclaims a book about “Ten Boys, A Fast Boat, And The Coach Who Made Them Champions.” If you are into the sport of rowing – this book is a must 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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