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SPAHN, SAIN and TEDDY BALLGAME & other intriguing reads

The prolific Bill Nowlin is at it again. "Spahn, Sain and Teddy Ballgame" edited by the Boston baseball sage (Rounder Books, paper) is focused on a corner of Boston baseball history - a season when the Braves won the pennant and the Red Sox lost a one game play-off game to the Indians and missed out on meeting their cross-town-rival in the World Series.

Filled with information, many photographs never before seen, with bios and insights into legends like Ted Williams, Warren Spahn, Johnny Sain, Dom DiMaggio and other not so well known figures who played for the Sox and Braves, SPAHN, SAIN and TEDDY BALLGAME is must reading for Hub baseball fans and will provide lots of hours of top reading for all sports fans. It is a special book about a special summer.

An exquisite look at the last game of Craig Biggio ­ "The Final Game" (photographs by Michael Hart, Bright Sky Press, 106 oversized pages) is a fitting tribute to the long time Houston baseball star. Fans of the Astros superstar will want this book as a keepsake. "Benchclearing" by Spike Vrusho (Lyons Press, $16.95, 298 pages, paper) is a survey of battles, pushing, shoving and spitting matches through the years in major league baseball.

With the NYC Marathon upon us - -what better book to have than "A Rave Like no Other" by Liz Robbins (HarperCollins, $24.95, 336 pages). In depth, weaving her carefully crafted narrative with the stories of so many diverse runners, The New York Times sportswriter tells in splendid prose the exciting tale of the 26.2 mile journey that thousands and thousands through the years have taken through the streets of the Big Apple. Highly recommended.

"How Football Explains America" by Sal Paolantonio (Triumph, $24.95, 211 pages) is an interesting attempt focusing on many known items but packaging them in such a way that a lively little tome has been created shedding light on the gridiron sport's grip on all of us. If you want Paolantonio's up close and personal ruminations of why we love football so much ­ this is the book for you.

More football reading but more biographical is "The Genius" by David Harris (Random House, $26.00, 385 pages). At once a personal story and also as the sub-title proclaims a book about "How Bill Walsh Reinvented Football and Created an NFL Dynasty" - this work is a winner especially for fans of the 49ers. The team has fallen on hard times but to read "The Genius" is to be transported into another era, a golden one.

Harvey Frommer, now in his 33rd consecutive year of writing sports books, is the author of 40 of them including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Red Sox Vs Yankee: The Great Rivalry." Frommer's REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM (Abrams, Stewart, Tabori and Chang) an oral/narrative history was published in September 2008 as a reprint version of his SHOELESS JOE AND RAGTIME BASEBALL.

Frommer sports books are available direct from the author - discounted and autographed.

FROMMER SPORTSNET (syndicated) reaches a readership in the millions and appears on Internet search engines for extended periods of time.

Harvey Frommer "Dartmouth's own Mr. Baseball" Dartmouth Alumni Magazine/ HARVEYFROMMERSPORTS.COM

REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM (Definitive Book) "New & Notable"

"Outstanding performance" ROGER KAHN/

"Spectacular"FOX SPORTS.COM/

"Essential keepsake"TIMEOUT NY/

"Stunning oral history"NY ONE/

"A must. Grand slammer."ESPN/

"Frommer delivers."NY DAILY NEWS/

"One of the finest."BRONXBANTER/

"Glorious oral history."WFAN/

"Best one.Great book"XM RADIO/

"Absolute classic"CBS RADIO/

"Beats any Yankee Book hands down"BEHIND.BOMBERS.COM/

"Brilliantly, beautifully documments."BLOGRADIO "Dead solid perfect"/"Amazing details "SPORTSOLOGY/

"Mother of all look backs."TBS SPORTS/



"Masterpiece."BOY OF SUMMER/


"Rewarding,grounded prose "SPORTS ILLUSTRATED"


"Most excellent."EYE ON SPORTSMEDIA/


**Call for Fenway Memories - now working on "Remembering Fenway Park" - will feature stories­ first game attended, marker moments, odd events, tales of a special player at the Fens, architectural features... Please contact me by e-mail if you have something to contribute. Harvey

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