Frommer on Sports
"Senior Year" and other Mid Summer
Dan Shaughnessy is one of the most versatile authors
around nowadays adept at nostalgia, commentary, big time sports
moments and now "Senior Year" ((Houghton Mifflin, $24.00, 228
pages.) The book is a melding of memory and magic, of musings of
baseball times, a re-telling of Shaughnessy's son Sam's "Senior
Year" of high school. The book is a look at fathers and sons,
baseball and boys and men and life's passages. A notable read.
"Love That Dirty Water by Chuck Burgess and Bill
Nowlin (Rounder, $14.95, 221 pages) is a terrific idea for a book
and one that will greatly interest Red Sox fans and those who follow
the story of the Standells. The book's general focus is music as
it relates to the Old Towne team. And more specifically the song,
the unofficial BoSox victory anthem - "Dirty Water" ("We'll love
that dirty water Oh, Boston, you're my home oh, you're the number
There is much in the Burgess/Nowlin volume to savor - including the
singing careers of Red Sox heroes Mickey McDermott and Tony
Conigliaro and the ballpark organ of John Kiley, to cite just a
couple of the very interesting music connections. Highly
Rounder Books also brings us "No Greater Love" by
Todd Anton ($18.95, 253 pages). With a foreword by Curt Schilling,
the book is sub-titled "Life Stories from the Men Who Saved
Baseball." And we are there with such as Ted Williams, Jerry
Coleman, Johnny Pesky, Bob Feller, Vin Scully and others. Not
exactly "Saving Private Ryan," but a moving and important collection
of memories. Get it!
"The Kings of New York" by Michael Weinred (Gotham,
$26.00. 286 pages) truly proves that a book can be written about any
subject and any sport. This one is all about Brooklyn's Edward R.
Murrow High School where there are no teams no sports teams that
is. But there is the Murrow Chess team and this book follows for a
year the geeks, oddballs and geniuses who comprise the top high
school chess team in the United States. Very interesting and unusual
reading. A terrific read.
"The Fat Lady Never Sings" by Steve Reilly (iuniverse, $18.95, 117
pages) carries a hefty price for a slim paperback, but this is an
appealing tome focused on the community of Derby, Connecticut and
the true story of the 1992 Derby Red Raiders narrated by one of its
assistant coaches. It is all about the little guy the smallest
school in its league advancing to the championship game. A very nice
Harvey Frommer, now in his 33rd consecutive year of writing sports
books, is the author of 39 of them including the classics: "New York
City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball."
His FIVE O'CLOCK LIGHTNING: BABE RUTH, LOU GEHRIG AND THE GREATEST
TEAM IN BASEBALL HISTORY, THE 1927 NEW YORK YANKEES will be
published fall 2007 as well as his A YANKEE CENTURY AND BEYOND.
Frommer is at work on REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM (Abrams, Stewart,
Tabori and Chang) an oral/narrative history.
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