By Dr. Harvey Frommer
“Nailed” by Christopher Frankie by
Christopher Frankie (Running Press, $25.00, 288 pages) is as its
sub-title notes is all about “the improbable rise and spectacular fall
of Lenny Dykstra.” If you are interested in the subject matter - - kiss
and tell – this is the book for you. The author, who needed a better
editor, rambles through page after page of information no would really
cares about showing the unlikable former Met, former financier, former
con artist in all kinds of duplicitous moments like employing Craigslist
job ads to get women to come to him. The former 13th round draft pick
had his high moments – All Star, a hero in the World Series, ownership
of an $18-millon mansion, a widely quoted financial savant. This book is
not one of them.
Ron Kaplan’s “501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before
They Die” (University of Nebraska Press, paper, $24.95, 420 pages) is
pricey for a paperback; nevertheless, the long time reviewer has outdone
himself with this terrific research job. All types of baseball books are
represented among the 501 favored by the author. Full disclosure – your
faithful scribe is well represented with three of his books Remembering
Fenway Park, Remembering Yankee Stadium and New York City Baseball.
Bravo Ron – can’t wait for the next volume on football.
“Bird at the Buzzer” by Jeff Goldberg (University of
Nebraska Press, paper, 285 pages) is a through account of one of the
legendary games in women’s basketball – Uconn-Notre Dame, March 6, 2001.
“How to Make Every Putt” by Dr. Joseph Parent (Gotham,
123 pages) is a slim volume filled with practical and theoretical tips
on putting by a guy who knows the score.
From Simon and Schuster comes “Long Shot” by Mike
Piazza with Lonnie Wheeler, $27.00, 374 pages). It is standard sports
hero fare, a rags to riches story with a lot of “I did this” and “I did
that” along the. This tome should especially appeal to fans of the Mets.
“Who’s On Worst” by Flip Bondy (Doubleday, paper) is a
likable volume by the NY Daily News sports columnist. The work is a
cavalcade of shouts and screams about some of the worst performers in
the history of the national pastime.
“I Never Had It Made” – Jackie Robinson’s
autobiography re-issued by Ecco Press (paper, 279 pages, $14.99 in time
as collateral reading for the flick “42” is a moving and still relevant
take on the man who broke baseball’s color line. The new edition has a
classic look and feel to it.
"Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame" (Simon and
Schuster, $35.00, 209 pages) features 200 full color images of bats,
balls, player’s uniforms, historic documents. It is a trivia fan's
delight showcasing such items as Jackie Robinson's Day-by-Day sheet from
his rookie season, the "Green Light Letter" from FDR that urged that
baseball go on as usual during the second world war, spikes worn by
"Shoeless Joe" and in full disclosure buttressing your reviewer’s claim
in his "Shoeless Joe ad Ragtime Baseball" that Joseph Jefferson Jackson
wore shoes - expensive ones and baseball spiked ones, too. HIGHLY
"The Baseball Instagrams of Brad Mangin" (Cameron &
Company, $18.95, 160 pages) is a delightfully designed book that
features photographs through the lens of an iPhone in the square format
of Instagram. The especially tiny sized tome has very little in the way
of words but packs a wallop with a marvelous variety of baseball photos.
From author Lucas Mann and Pantheon publishers comes “Class A” Baseball
in the Middle of Everywhere” (336 pages, $26.95). This is a beautifully
created and lyrical look at a year in the life of minor-league baseball
team and the factory town in Iowa. The story of the 2010 Clinton
LumberKings belongs on your sportsbookshelf. It will remain on mine.
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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.
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