Frommer on Sports
Peter Golenbock is one of the most widely published
and highly regarded sports authors in the business. I have read (and
reviewed) most of the terrific tomes he has penned.
Now from Dover Publications comes “Bums” and “Dynasty”
– two of the best the prolific Dartmouth alum has written. Both have
new lives in attractive paperback formats. Both are sensibly priced at
$19.95. Both merit a special place on your sports bookshelf.
“Bums,” 0riginally published in 1984, has a splendid
preface by Paul Dickson and is a true page turner about a beloved team
and a special era in baseball history. The Brooklyn Dodgers come back to
life through Golenbock’s concise and incisive prose and oral histories
conducted with such as Rachel Robinbson, Larry King, Roy Campanella,
Carl Erskine, Roger Kahn, Clem Labine, Karl Spooner and many, many more.
The team the Dodgers of Brooklyn could never beat in
the world series until 1955 – the New York Yankees – is given its due in
“Dynasty,” originally published in 1975. The book’s focus is the Bronx
Bombers of 1949-1964. We are there in the stirring chronological
account with Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Casey Stengel, Elston Howard, Billy Martin and more. We are there
through the on field heroics and the off stage controversies.
I have written a great deal about both teams and about
the time period that Peter Golenbock has covered. So I say with
certainty that “Bums” and “Dynasty” are two gems that have only become
more glistening, more appealing, more valuable through time.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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