What Baseball Means
Frommer on Sports
Mix and match 150 celebrity voices like Ernie Banks, Dan
Rather, Pedro Martinez, Vin Scully, George W. Bush, Jon Miller, Tom
Brokaw, Monte Irvin, Robert Dole. Stir in 200 color and black and white
vintage photographs from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Get a
celebrated editor and baseball historian like Curt Smith to steer the
The result is “What Baseball Means to Me” ($34.95, 288
pages) – a book that is entertaining, engrossing, evocative, one to savor
especially its lines like: “In 1989 Nolan Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson
for his 5,000th strikeout. The place went wild: Nolan graciously received
the accolades but insisted the game go on. After all, baseball is a team
sport.” – George W. Bush.
For those who have not had their fill of Yogi Berra
and/or the 2002 World Series – two paperbacks - The Anaheim Angels by Ross
Newhan (Hyperion, $14.95, 372 pages) and When You Come to A Fork in the
Road, Take It by Yogi Berra (Hyperion, $11.00, 175 pages) are reads
waiting for you. Newhan’s book is required reading for Anaheim fans.
Berra’s banter is always the same – entertaining, if you are into that
sort of stuff.
University Presses are publishing some very focused
baseball books. A few of the more interesting ones include: A Summer Up
North by Jerry Poling (University of Wisconsin Press, $19.95, 187 pages,
paperback) – a look at the first minor league season of 18-year-old Hank
Aaron and his time with the Eau Claire Bears. From the University of
Massachusetts publishing arm comes Epic Season by David Kaiser ($19.95,
281 pages, paperback). The work is a day-by-day history of the 1948
baseball season with special focus on the incredibly exciting pennant
race. Baseball’s Natural by John Theodore (Southern Illinois University
Press, 136 pages, hardcover) is a bio of Eddie Watikus, the Cubs and
Phillies first baseman in the mid 20th century who inspired the character
of Roy Hobbs in Bernard Malamud’s The Natural.
From McFarland ( 800 253 2187), one of the leading
publishers of baseball books, comes Louis Sockalexis:The First Cleveland
Indian ($28.50, 219 pages, softcover). The book tells an in depth story of
the life a Penobscot Indian from Maine, the first of his race to play in
the major leagues.
Hockey Dynasties, Blue Lines and Blood Lines General
Editor Lance Hornby and otherrs (Firefly Books, Ltd. $40,00, 256 pages)
The book is an era byt era look at pro hoickeys proliferation of family
ties. From the six no-nonsense Sutters to the Bobby and Brett Hull
father/son rivalry. The book has more than 250 splendid photographs. An
especially interesting chapter is “Oh, Brother” which focuses on Sibling
rivalries like those of Wayne and Keith Primeau, Phil and Tony Esposito
and Maurice and Henri Richard. For hockey fans – this entertaining book is
one for you.
Flatbellies by A. B. Hollingsworth (Sleeping Bear Press,
$22.95, 343 pages) is a nostalgic and moving journey back to the heartland
of America – the way it was nearly 40 years ago. Its main focus is the
goal of a small Oklahoma town’s high school golf team to win the
championship. It is a novel that will touch you.
Mr Ryder’s Trophy, written and illustrated by Shirley
Dusinberre Durham (Sleeping Bear Press, $22.95, 286 pages) is a tip of the
cap to the game of golf. The beautifully written book is a fable-like
telling of a young woman meeting and communicating with Samuel Ryder, the
founder of the Ryder Cup Matches.
Two other interesting books from Sleeping Bear Press
focused on golf are Take Dead Aim by Don Wade ($24.95, 272 pages) and In
My Dreams I Walk With You by Dennis Walters with James Achenbach ($24.95,
223 pages). The Wade book is a suspenseful novel where during the final
round of the LA Open the No. 1 golfer in the world is shot and killed by a
sniper in front of a national TV audience. In My Dreams I Walk WithYou is
a story of Dennis Walters, one day a promising golfer, the next a
paraplegic as a result of a horrible accident – and how he overcame.
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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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