A Variety of Sports
Books for October
Frommer on Sports
October is the month of the playoffs, the time of the World Series. It is
also the time many baseball books of all sizes, shapes, slants and styles
jam book store shelves competing for the attention and affection of
readers. A sampling of just a few of them follows.
Fans of the Chicago Cubs have not had much to cheer about in recent years
as far as the performance of their team. But there are a couple of books
about that will appeal to them and many baseball fans. “The
Million-To-One Team” by George Castle (Diamond Communications, $29.95,
337pp.) is an in depth and probing look t why the Cubs have not won a
pennant since 1945. A book that belongs beside Castle’s opus is
“Durocher’s Cubs,” by David Claerbaut (Taylor, $22.95, 226pp). The
work goes into great depth analyzing and summoning up the great Cub teams
of 1976-1972 - - the greatest teams that did not win despite having
lineups that boasted of players like Ernie Banks, Randly Hundley, Billy
Williams. Kenny Holzman, et al.
From Pocol Press in Clifton, Virginia comes “Mendoza’s
by Al Pepper($17.95, 250 pages). Sometimes humorous, always involving,
this paperback entry focuses on fifty batters who failed to hit above .200
in their careers. We are treated to up close and personal looks at Mario
Mendoza (the “Mendoza line” originated with him) Doug Camilli, Brian
Doy7le, Tony LaRussa, Charlie Metro, Bob Uecker and others of this strange
“Yankees Coming ,Yankees Going: New York Yankee Player Transactions
1903 Through 1999” by Lyle Spatz (McFarland & Company, Box 611,
Jefferson, NC 28640/ 800 253 2817) is an omnibus collection of each
trade, sale and purchase of the Bronx Bombers through 1999. Throughly
researched, entertainingly presented, the book is a wonderful addition for
the serious fan and all fans of the Yankees. Another book with a Yankee
frame of mind is “Memories of the Mick” by Maury Allen (Taylor,
$18.95, 183pp). In words and wonderful pictures by Bob Olen , the Mick is
evoked one more time.
“Out of Step” (Diamond Communications, $26.95, 324pp) by Mike and
Neil Shalin is a look at the best players NOT in the Hall
of Fame. The list contains such as Bobby Bonds, Bruce Sutter, Jim Rice,
Maury Wills, Rich Gossage, Thurman Munson, Roger Maris and on and on.
Cogent, controversial, clearly argued – this is an important book.
For all you interested in what former Major League Baseball Baseball
Commisioner Fay Vincent has to say –“The Last Commisioner” (Simon
and Schuster, $26.00,322pp) is the book for you. For others, it is an
optional read. Sub-titled “A Baseball Valentine,” this chatty effort
arranged in nine “innings” ends with a nine-man lineup of brief takes on
various individuals Vincent has known and or dealt with.
BOOKENDS: “Nomar” from the Boston Herald (Sports Publishing
L. L.C., $24.95) is a lavish bit of pictorial homage to Red Sox superstar
shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.
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