Frommer on Sports
DEADBALL STARS of the American League and Other Spring Reads
Even the nearly 600 foot winding driveway that leads to my home is
becoming more and more bearable as winter's bad weather memories
recede and the "Boys of Summer" books make their way up to the house
by sometimes cheerful and careful UPS and FedEx drivers.
"DEADBALL STARS of the American League" edited by David Jones
(Potomac Books, $24.95, 812 pages, paperback) is a mother and father
lode of data offering nearly 140 bios of players and personalities
from that long ago time. The whole deal was put together by more
than 85 members of SABR's Deadball Era Committee.
For fans of the Red Sox of Boston -here are two for you.
The reissued "Fenway" by Dan Shaughnessy and Stan Grossfeld
(Houghton Mifflin ($29.95, 190 pages) hits a home run again! It is
billed as a bio of the Fens in words and pictures and that it is.
"The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox" edited by Bill Nowlin and Dan
Desrochers (Rounder Books, 382 pages) is a fabulous collection of
images and writing about the 100-1 BoSox team that went all the
way. Authoritative, entertaining, entrancing, this book belongs on
your sports bookshelf.
From Yale University Press comes "Bart Giamatti A Profile" by
Robert P. Moncreiff ($35.00, 219 pages with 22 black and white
photos) which of course focuses on the life and times of the former
baseball commissioner. Vivid, touching, perhaps not having as much
baseball stuff in it as fans would like and a bit pricey - this
nevertheless is a highly worthwhile read.
Highly Notable: "A Great Day in Cooperstown" by Jim Reisler
(Carroll and Graf, $15.95, 241 pages, paper) is a splendid slice of
Americana and baseball history told by a writer who knows the score.
"The story of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a
triumph of public relations, organization and old fashioned
persistence," Reisler writes. And from there on we are captivated by
the twists and turns and politics of the time and the event. Buy
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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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