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By Harvey Frommer
Read all about Len Berman's "The Greatest Moments in Sports" and sporting fare books
Famed and Emmy-Winning sportscaster Len Berman never seems to take a break and we are all the better for it. His newest effort is a rundown of 25 of the most thrilling upsets and underdogs in sports. The moments range from the Bobby Thomson home run that gave the old New York Giants the pennant to the U.S. Hockey team's Miracle on Ice, to "A Horse Named Upset" who was the only horse to ever beat Man O' War, to Althea Gibson, the female Jackie Robinson. All these and many more give insights, new awareness to classic sports moments. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
In a hockey frame of mind there is "Wayne Gretsky's Ghost" by Roy MacGregor (Vintage Canada, $19.95, 369 pages, paper). This is a book that will appeal to all generations and all fans of the sport covering as it does stars of the game from Jean Beliveau to Steve Yzerman.
From Kent State University Press comes "The '63 Steelers" by Rudy Dicks, paper). Detailed, definitive in its scope, this terrific tome is a must read for football fans but especially those who root for the Steel City franchise.
"Notre Dame's Happy Returns" by Brian O'Conchubhair and Susan Mullen Guibert with photos by Matt Cashore (University of Notre Dame Press, $38.00, 184 pages, 174 color photos) is a winning photographic essay, a travel book, a sports guide. It is all about what makes Ireland special for fans of the Fighting Irish and contains an exploration of the intro of American football in Ireland and the role of Notre Dame enhancing the sport's existence there.