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"The Eastern Stars" and
University of Nebraska Worthies and More
filled with wonderful stories. A book that explain the story behind
a true baseball phenomenon. A book that is crafted and written with
care and zeal by an informed and inspired writer. All of these
things are what makes "Eastern Stars" by Mark Kurlansky (Riverhead
Books, $25.95) a grand slam treat.
Kurlansky, best selling New York Times author, writer of much
fiction and nonfiction about the Caribbean, spins this wondrous tale
of the town San Pedro de Macoris and how its legendary baseball team
the Eastern Stars changed it.
Part baseball, part travel piece, part Caribbean cultural history,
part personal stories of such as Sammy Sosa, Julio Franco, Rico
Carty, Tony Fernandez, Alfredo Griffin and others. It is the story
of a town that gave by the year 2008 79 players from San Pedro de
Macoris to the Major Leagues - -meaning that one in six Dominicans
playing in the bigs came from the small town. This is just one of
the fascinating themes of "The Eastern Stars," a book that is HIGHLY
From the University of Nebraska, an emporium of first class sports
books, comes a worthy inventory appealing to all tastes and pocket
"Ed Barrow" by Daniel R. Levitt ($21.95,427 pages, paper ) is a page
turning bio of the man who built the original and best New York
For Red Sox fans especially there is "Joe Cronin" ($31.95, 382
pages). The book ably covers many facets and features of the
ambitious Cronin's time player, player-manager, general manager,
American League president. Well written and well worth owning.
"Rooney" by Rob Ruck, Maggie Jones Patterson and Michael P. Weber
($36.95, 641 pages) is an absorbing and very long account of Art
"The Chief" Rooney, Sr. who truly is "Mr. Pittsburgh. Filled with
incredible details, "Rooney" gets behind the man and the legend who
founded the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1933.
"American Hoops" by Carson Cunningham is a 508 page look at U.S.
Men's Olympic Basketball From Berlin to Beijing. With so much scope
to this work, so many interesting nuggets of information, so much
careful research this is a must read especially for fans of the
"Final Innings" compiled and edited by Dean A. Sullivan (Bison
Books, $29.95, 344 pages, paper) is a documentary history of
baseball 1972-2008. The book is a conclusion to the author's
four-volume documentary history. In essence, Sullivan carefully
selected relevant stories from newspapers and periodicals and pieced
them together in an engaging and informing narrative.
"Living Out of Bounds" by Steven J. Overman (Bison Books, $18.95,
227 pages, paper) is an insightful look at the everyday life of male
"Psychology Gets in the Game" edited by Christopher D. Green and
Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. (313 pages, paper) is a lengthy treatise via
essays on the foundations on which modern sports psychology was
From the most intense and informed Philly fan around comes two books
from Max Blue "God Is Alive and Playing Third Base for the Appleton
Papermakers" (iuniverse, $29.95, 265 pages) and "Phillies Journal
1888-2008, Strategic, $19.95, 534 pages). Both are terrific tomes.
The former is madcap, delicious escapist reading that has a little
bit of everything and makes a lot of sense (at times). The latter is
loaded with a thousand limericks and is chock full of Philly matter
stats, essays, trivia, musings. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for fans of the
team and franchise.
"Roger Maris" by Tom Clavin and Danny Peary (Touchstone Books,
$26.99, 422) is a workmanlike bio of what the book's sub-title calls
"baseball's reluctant hero." Many interviews and much effort
BEST OF THE REST: Now out in paperback from Harper is George F.
Will's classic "MEN AT WORK: The Craft of Baseball" ($14.99, 400
pages,) The book is required reading for all those with an interest
in the national pastime. Page after page of well chosen and
carefully crafted insights into the game of baseball. A MUST OWN!
"It's What's Inside the Lines That Counts" by Fay Vincent (Simon and
Schuster, $25.00) is another terrific tome in the oral history
project orchestrated by the former Baseball Commissioner. This one
has baseball stars from the 1970s and 1980s talk and remember the
way it was. Such as Tom Seaver, Willie McCovey, Ozzie Smith, Dick
Williams are included in the book.
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"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
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