Frommer on Sports
The T206 Collection and other
If you are into baseball
cards and into beautiful baseball books,the T206 Collection by Tom
Zappala, et al (Peter E. Randall Publisher, $38.00, 203 pages,
oversized) is one tome terrific you should check out. The legendary
T206 set of cards is all yours for the grazing, studying, in this
remarkable book that tells the stories, sad and soaring, of the
players in Tobacco Trust's 'white border' set.
SPECIAL INTEREST: "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu"($15.00) by the
28-year-old John Updike in a special 50th anniversary deluxe
collector's edition is the account of Ted Williams and his final at
bat at Fenway Park. The little book contains an autobiographical
preface and a substantial afterword prepared by Updike just months
before his death.
Nice sports books from
Clerisy Press are available for your reading pleasure all from the
prolific John Snyder. "365 Odd Ball Days in Chicago Cubs History"
and "365 Odd Ball Days in Los Angeles Dodgers History" are both in
paper, both 377 pages and both priced at $14.95. If you are into
baseball trivia/nostalgia - -these tomes are for you. "Angels
Journal" and "Twins Journal" (($29.95, 448 pages) cover year by year
and day by day with the franchises since 1961.
Another look at Mr. October?
Yes, that's what Dayn Perry (Morrow, $25.99, 326 pages) serves up in
"Reggie Jackson." Perry points out that both Reggie and his agent
were uncooperative in the project but there was plenty of help from
print, internet and interview sources. The book is billed as the
first full tome on the old showhorse in a quarter century.
Flip Bondy's "Chasing the
Game" (Da Capo, $25.00, 312 pages) is highly recommended for soccer
zealots as in depth and with accuracy it documents the American
quest for the World Cup. Most interesting are the ups and downs of
the USA in World Cup clashes.
From Pantheon we have "The
Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron," by Howard Bryant ( $29.95, 600
pages). The author's master work previously was "Shut Out: A Story
of Race and Baseball in Boston." This book with all its depth,
insights, passion, and heart is now Bryant's master work providing
as it does a full portrait of a baseball legend who never seemed to
come out from behind the mask and the headlines.
BACKLIST GEMS: "Early
Innings" and "Middle Innings" edited by Dean A. Sullivan (Bison
Books, paper) are documentary histories of baseball, one from
1825-1908 and the other from 1900-1948, told from the viewpoint of
primary writings, many from unexpected sources, all serving up
insights and sidebars to many aspects of the richness of our
national pastime. Fascinating.
"Tennis and Philosophy"
edited by David Baggett (University Press of Kentucky, $35.00, 294
pages) is as its sub-title proclaims about "what the racket is all
about" told from the perspective of scholars, philosophers, writers.
An interesting read.
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