Frommer on Sports
“Baseball How to Play the Game”
A sure sign of spring
is the appearance from Universe/Rizzoli of “Baseball How To Play the
Game” by Pete Williams ($29.95, 320 pages. 300 color illustrations and
diagrams, paperback). Billed as the official playing and coaching manual of
Major League Baseball, the handsomely produced tome has tips from 25 of the
national pastime’s top players ranging from Albert Pujols to past greats
like Tony Gwynn. Organized, informative, there are chapters focused on all
the major aspects of the game like “Hitting Power,””Rule Book
Basics,””Pitching Heat” and “Coaching Tips.” For those who want to play the
game better, for those whom want to understand the game better, this is the
book for you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Another “inside sports” type book is “Scorecasting” by Tobias J. Moscowitz
and L. Jon Wertheim (Crown Archetype, $26.00, 288 pages) is a fascinating
look at some of the myths and misunderstandings that have surrounded game
via the decades. Interesting themes include: the home field advantage
exists; momentum does not exist in sports; the strike zone on a 3-0 count is
larger than on a two strike one and more . . . Part Freakonomics, part
Moneyball, part Sabrmetrics - “Scorecasting” is good stuff. PICK UP A COPY
Journal” by John Snyder (Clerisy Press, $24.95, 332 pages, paperback) is day
by day with the Mets from 1962 on.
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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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