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"Going Long" and other Worthy Reads

Dr. Harvey Frommer on Sports

Sports Book Review

                        
Oral history is my forte as is sports books. So I came into the reading of "Going Long" by Jeff Miller (McGraw-Hill, $24.95, 398 pages) with keen interest. I was especially hooked by the book's sub-title - - "The Wild Ten-Year Saga of the Renegade American Football League in the Words of Those Who Lived It."

"Going Long" does not disappoint. Miller, an editor for the Dallas Morning News, fuses interviews with players, coaches, owners, and other informed and articulate witnesses to the decade that was of the old AFL. Innovations, incredible characters, marker moments are all given the up close and personal treatment here.  The "Voices" range from Ed Abramoski, Bill trainer through Gino Cappelletti, Patriots 196069, to John Hadl, Chargers 1962-69 to Otis Taylor Chiefs 1965-69 to Sam Wyche Bengals 1968-69 - and of course Joe Namath Jets 1965-69.  The times and the league do come alive. Readers will enjoy the bibliography, stats, and useful index.

In a football frame of mind, there is also "The Making of the Super Bowl" by Don Weiss with Chuck Day (Contemporary Books, $24.95, 400 pages). Weiss now serves on the NFL Competition Committee. He was executive director of the NFL - -  and he knows his stuff. The book is an in depth, information loaded retrospective on what some call the "greatest game of them all" - the Super Bowl. It began on an autumn day in 1966 in  a board room in New York City. From those small first steps the NFL's ultimate game has become a sports/media/cultural event, and a marketing dream.

Weiss and Day present fascinating stories about the way Super Sunday came to be. There is trivia, sports history, fascinating sketches and profiles of football personalities, and behind the scenes looks at ultimate games. and the man in charge of game-day operations for every Super Bowl played, Don Weiss offers a riveting chronicle of the ultimate grudge match, from its humble beginnings in a New York City boardroom through its 36 years of hype and hoopla to its ascent into media/sports/marketing spectacle.

"Men and Speed" by G. Wayne Miller (Public Affairs, $16.50, 322 pages) is a lively and lucid read if you want to pay the bloated price for this paperback effort. The book is an inside look into the world of NASCAR. 

"True Believers" by Joe Queenan (Henry Holt and Company, $23,00, 236 pages) is sub-titled "the tragic inner life of sports fans." Queenan utilizes nasty humor and telling one-liners to reflect on what it is like to be a fan.  Enjoyable reading.

The pocked sized book from Towlehouse Publishing - "Golf in the Year 2100 by Bob Labbance ($12.95 - not a misprint, 118 pages) may appeal to golf zealots. For the rest of us, no. The book is billed as "a fanciful glimpse at the future of golf" and that it is.

Harvey Frommer is the author of 33 sports books, including "The New York Yankee Encyclopedia, "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," "Growing Up Baseball" with Frederic J. Frommer and "Rickey and Robinson: The Men Who Broke Baseball's Color Line." His "A Yankee Century: A Celebration of the First Hundred Years of Baseball's Greatest Team" will be published in paperback in October 2003.

 

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About the Author:

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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