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Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

"Smithsonian Baseball" And Other Terrific Reads
Spring Training

Weighing in at 286 pages with 350 eye catching photographs taken by Susan Einstein and priced at just $29.95, "Smithsonian Baseball" by Stephen Wong, Smithsonian Books/Collins - is a book you must put on a place of prominence in your library if you are a baseball fan.

Wong took almost three years researching the book to interview collectors and photograph their collections. The result is a fusion of 21 of the best baseball memorabilia collections in one source. Items include: a baseball autographed by each member of the 1927 Yankees, Roy Campanella's MVP award trophy from 1955, the ball caught by Yogi Berra that closed out Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, scorecards, game used bats and uniforms, program covers pennants, pins and buttons, seats, baseball cards, advertisements evoking other eras . . . all of this and more adorns the pages of "SMITHSONIAN BASEBALL: INSIDE THE WORLD'S PRVATE COLLECTIONS" - a most notable effort.

From Stewart, Tabori and Chang publishers at $14.95, 120 pages, comes "101 Reasons to Love the Cardinals" and "101 Reasons to Love the Cubs" from brothers Green, Ron, Jr. and David. In words and pictures the authors roller coaster ride us through decades of team history.

Bison Books (University of Nebraska Press) has three worthy paperback spring entries in "Blackout" ($15.00, 226 pages) by Chris Lamb, about the Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training, "The Unforgettable Season" by G.H. Fleming ($15.00, 332 pages), a classic about the 1908 pennant race in the National League, and "Native Americans in Sport and Society" edited by Richard King ($26.95, 264 pages).

"Baseball Chicago Style" by Jerome Holzman and George Vass (Bonus Books, $14.95, 419 pages) by is a treat and a treatise on baseball in the windy city. Put together by Holzman and Vass, two deservedly acclaimed scribes, this is the kind of book to read slowly and from time to time to get your fill of the national pastime in the windy city. Excellent stuff.

Harvey Frommer is now in his 32nd consecutive year of writing sports books. He is the author of 38 sports books, including the classics: "New York City Baseball," "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," "Rickey and Robinson," "A Yankee Century," and Red Sox Vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry" (with Frederic J. Frommer). His newest effort is OLD TIME BASEBALL.

Frommer sports books are available direct from the author - discounted and autographed.

FROMMER SPORTSNET (syndicated) reaches a readership in excess of 750,000 and appears on Internet search engines for extended periods of time.
 

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You can reach Harvey Frommer at:   

Email:  harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU 

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.

FROMMER SPORTSNET (syndicated) reaches a readership in the millions and is housed on Internet search engines for extended periods of time.
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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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