Frommer on Sports
Crazy '08 and Other Worthy Reads
Spring time is when baseball books come in a
rush - crowding book shelves in stores, competing for attention
in the media, arriving in the mail of book reviewers.
Here is a look at some in the first batch of spring '07.
"CRAZY '08" by Cait Murphy (Smithsonian Books, $24.95, 368
pages) is a winner. I said so in a blurb that appears on the
back cover of the book: "Zany, lively, filled with all kinds of
delicious baseball detail - Cait Murphy has hit a grand slam
with this important account of what was happening in the
national pastime in 1908. I love it!" It was a time of all
kinds of interesting characters and happenings and most of all
the time of the Cubs of Chicago. Go for this book!
From Stewart, Tabori, Chang/Abrams Books comes two winners: "101
Reasons to Love the Dodgers" by Ron Green, Jr. and "101 Reasons
to Love the Giants" by David Green, both 120 pages and priced at
$14.95. The books are exquisitely laid out with archival black
and white and glorious color photos. Green's snappy prose merges
with trivia and stats. The works are recommended for the book
shelves of Giant and Dodger fans - and for all baseball fans who
want new takes on two of the great franchises in National League
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: "Satchel
Paige, Don't Look Back" written by David A. Adler and
Illustrated by Terry Widener (Harcourt Children's Books, $16.00,
32 pages) is geared to ages 5 to 8. But this is really a book
for all ages and for gift giving or to retain as part of your
sports library. "Satchel Paige may have been the best pitcher
ever," the book begins and we are then there through his many
baseball highlights in clear and concise prose and brilliant and
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