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The hits and runs and errors keep coming on the baseball field and the sports books (especially baseball) keep ushering forth on all types of topics. Most of these books are well worth reading.

Jonah Keri's "The Extra 2%" (Ballantine Books, $26.00, 251 pages) is an up close and personal look at what once was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now just the Rays) and how former Goldman Sachs figures Stuart Steinberg and Matthew Silverman as owners of the team melded their Wall Street ways into a master plan for the team. Insightful, interesting, subtitled "How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First," --"The Extra 2%" is a book you must read this season.

"Donnie Baseball"(Triumph, $24.95, 207 pages) is billed as "the definitive biography of Don Mattingly. While not quite up to its billing even with a loving and highly readable foreword by Joe Torre and lots of replays of the life and times of its subject, "Donnie Baseball" is highly recommended reading for Yankee fans, Dodger fans.

BACKLIST: Len Berman's "The Greatest Moments in Sports" and "The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time" (Sourcebooks, $16.99, 136 pages, coffee table size) are two for your sports bookshelf. Penned by one of the most affable and informed sportscasters of all time, the two tomes terrifically tell tales of players and moments that hold special places in sports history. For browsing, for research, for reading - these titles have what it takes.

Harvey Frommer is in his 36th consecutive year of writing sports books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 41 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 was published in 2008 as well as a reprint version of his classic "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball." Frommer's newest work is REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION (Abrams) Read all about it:

Upcoming event: SUNDAY JUNE 5, 5:00p- BOOK SIGNING / READING at Northshire Bookstore. 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT.


"Harvey Frommer's Fenway Park first captivates the reader with its visual beauty. They are all there, some in color some in black and white, Ted the Thumper, the matchless Yaz, Mysterioso Manny, even The Babe. And the people, yes the people, from all corners of New England. Add to these images Mr. Frommer's trenchant prose and you have one memorable book."

- Roger Kahn

"Daringly organized as a mosaic of Red Sox Nation, Remembering Fenway Park glitters with fond memories and delightful surprises. Anyone who has ever sat in Fenway, or longs to, will love this book. In his sure hands with oral history, Harvey Frommer is a treasure of our national pastime."

-John Thorn, Official Historian for Major League Baseball

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