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"Return to Glory" and other Worthy Reads 

Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

                          
For those Notre Dame football fans out there and they are legion - -and for all those interested in the collegiate gridiron scene -  "Return to Glory" by Alan Grant (Little Brown and Company, $24.95, 292 pages) is as its sub-title announces "Inside Tyrone Willingham's amazing First Season at Notre Dame."  The book is truly "inside."

Grant, who was a player under Willingham at Stanford, performed for five seasons in the NFL. The 2002 campaign was spent with Willingham and Notre Dame. The results are an in depth, up close, inside , professional look at a reserved and ultimately  revered coach, the first black coach at Notre dame in any sport.

It was Willingham who  brought Notre Dame football back to prominence, and it was Notre Dane football success that earned  for Willingham ESPN's "Coach of the Year" title and "Sportsman of the Year" nod from the "Sporting News."

This is a terrific book about a terrific man and his terrific team. We can all be thankful that Grant was granted the inside access to  Coach Willingham, his players and staff.

In a football frame of mind on the pro side of things there is "Do You Love Football?!" by Jon Gruden with Vic Carucci (HarperCollins, $24.95, 246 pages). This is the story of the NFL's hottest coach, the youngest to win a Super Bowl. Carucci, the national editor for NFL.com has covered the league for more than 25 years. He is at top form in this profile of Gruden, a coach who was "traded" for four top round draft picks and $8-million. The trade paid off big time as Gruden took the Bucs to their first Super Bowl triumph. How he did that, what he is like, what others thinks of him - -all of this is part of     "Do You Love Football?!"

"Sunday on Two Wheels" by Barbara Barber (University of Wisconsin Press,  $19.95, 167 pages) is an inside look at motorcycling in Southern Wisconsin. Photos, maps and charts enhance the text.

"Native Dancer" by John Eisenberg (Warner Books, $25.95, 288 pages) in my book is a more entertaining and enlightening read than the "other book" about the horse.

Eisenberg, an award winning "Baltimore Sun" sportswriter takes the reader on a brisk gallop through horse racing in the 1950s and tells the remarkable story of  Native Dancer, winner of all but one of 22 races in a three year span. TIME magazine featured the Dancer on its 1954 cover, but it was television that made the horse a star, and it was a loyal audience that thrilled to his come-from-behind bursts to triumph. Millionaire owner Albert G. Vanderbilt and all the others around this legendary horse come to life in this book that evokes a unique time in American horse racing culture.

"Quotable Jim Murray" by his widow Linda McCoy-Murray (TowleHouse Publishing, $14.95, 129 pages) is a little book with a lot of wit and wisdom in it. Murray was the legendary "Los Angeles Times" sports columnist and this book is an entertaining sampling of some of his stuff.
 
 

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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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