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Harvey Frommer on Sports
As Opening Day approaches it seems an avalanche of baseball tomes in all sizes, all shapes, all prices and all quality levels are there for the reading and for placing on your library shelf.
Herewith, some more . . .
100 Baseball Icons by Terry Heffernan, Kit Hinrichs and Delphine Hirasuna (Ten Speed, $19.95, 112 pages) is a high priced project with very little to read and a lot to look at as the trio responsible for the book were given unlimited access to the Hall of Fames archives. Given the access, they could have come up with many more unique items than they present in their book with the misleading title: 100 Baseball Icons.
Not Without Hope by Nick Schuyler and Jere Longman, $25.99, 246 pages) is the behind the scenes story of the death of three friends, NFL football players, and the personal trainer Nick Schuyler, left to tell the sad tale. The U.S. Coast Guard saved Schuylers life but the others lost theirs in this tragedy when their 21-foot boat flipped 35 miles off the coast of Florida, February 28, 2009. A MUST READ
NOTABLE FOR CHILDREN: Lucky: Maris, Mantle and My Best Summer Ever (Simon & Schuster, $15.99, 192 pages) is geared to readers 8 years and up. This wondrous work is all about Louis and his summer of 1961 and a front row seat to the epic Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris battle for the home run crown.
Sluggers by award winning illustrator Loren Long and award winning author Phil Bildner (Simon & Schuster, geared to ages 8-12) is a series that mixes adventure and sports and is perfect for someone in your Little League set.
Books include: Water, Water Everywhere, Great Ball of Fire, Blastin The Blues, Magic in the Outfield, Horsin Around. All are carefully crafted, enjoyable reads, cleverly illustrated and a treat for younger readers of all persuasions.
UPCOMING: Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu - - John Updike on Ted Williams from the Library of America - a special edition on the 50th anniversary of the leave taking of the Kid.
Harvey Frommer is in his 34th consecutive year of writing sports books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 40 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM, an oral/narrative history (Abrams, Stewart, Tabori and Chang) was published in 2008 as well as a reprint version of his classic "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball." Frommer's newest work CELEBRATING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION will be published in 2010.
Frommer sports books are available direct from the author - discounted and autographed.
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