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Sports Book Review

The 50 Greatest Yankee Games ... and More


The blurb on the book cover reads: "Cecilia Tan has written a Yankee Doodle Dandy of a book. The reader is taken through the dramatic ebb and flow of the 50 greatest Yankee games. We learn a lot about the team from the Bronx in this fact-filled, entertainingly written opus. Should be required reading for all fans of the New York Yankees."  Those words were written by me before I even saw the finished book and I still stick by them.

"The 50 Greatest Yankee Games" by Cecilia Tan  (John Wiley, $22.95, 278 pages is a real romp through Yankee and baseball history from October 10, 1904 Boston at New York to August 1, 1937 St. Louis at New York to September 30, 1984 Detroit at New York to October 16, 2003 Boston at New York  and all the other games and highlights in between.

Painstakingly researched, carefully crafted, Ms. Tan gives the reader his or her money's worth in this monster lode of Yankee factoids and adventures.          

From Bill Nowlin and company comes "The Kid," (Rounder Records, $24.95, 359 pages) - an in depth look at the formative years of the BoSox icon growing up on San Diego and playing ball.

"I was fortunate," Williams noted, " to grow up in Southern California where it is  always warm and a boy can stretch the baseball season to his own dimensions."  This terrific book stretches the dimension of Teddy Ballgame - required reading for fans of the Splendid Splinter. And you can't beat the visuals.       

"So Hank Says to Yogi . . ." by Kevin Nelson (Chamberlain Bros., $21.95, 226 pages) is sub-titled "The Best Baseball Stories Ever Told." So what's a little hyperbole. There are many stories  told by Nelson, author of fifteen books. There are tales of the Babe, the "Big Train,"  an interesting essay by and about Theo Epstein, Mantle, Jeter and Ichiro all represented as well as Harry Caray and Jack Buck and others.  The book also includes a CD panel discussion hosted by Hall of Fame announcer Bob Wolff.

Whoever thought of the title deserves a raise or something . . ."Guys, Dolls and Curveballs" edited by Jim Reisler (Caroll and Graf, $16,95, 416 pages, paper). This is one of the most delightful baseball anthologies to come along in a long while and I have been reading them for a long while.  The man who brought the world one of the great musicals "Guys and Dolls" truly had a way with words - and every page in this book is filled with insights, asides, humor, poignancy and especially marvelous writing skills.

In 1944, Runyon was diagnosed with throat cancer. He held on to December 10, 1946 when he died at age 66. A little more than week later his ashes were scattered over Broadway out of an airplane.

But his writing remains as vivid as those exciting days in which wrote. A tip of the hat to Jim Reisler for bringing us such a significant sports book.

 

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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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