Sunday, July 17, 2011

“The House That Ruth Built,” “An Accidental Sportswriter” and other Summer 2011 Reads


Robert Weintraub’s “The House That Ruth Built” (Little Brown, $26.99, 420 pages) takes us back to the 1923 season, the creation of Yankee Stadium and the seeds of the Yankee dynasty that was to come.
Nice to see four references to works of mine in the bibliography – and a tip of the Yankee cap to Weintraub for an impressive list of references all of which he has made good use of in this detailed and dramatic narrative. Part memoir, part history of sports since 1957, part name dropping, part graceful and moving and nuanced love letter about sports “An Accidental Sportswriter” by Robert Lipsyte (Ecco, $25.99, 246 pages) leaves the reader wanting more. I can’t wait for Part II. Lipsyte, a former award winning sportswriter for the NY Times has penned an –inside-the- parker. MUST READ

“The Wisdom Wooden” by John Wooden and Steve Jamison (McGraw Hill, $22.00, coffee table size)is the final word of the late and great legendary hoops icon. It is a primer on living life the right way. Archival images, many never before published, adorn the pages of this appealing tome.
From Simon & Schuster comes Timothy M. Gay’s “Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert ($15.00, 349 pages, paper) a roller coaster ride through baseball before Jackie Robinson. The focus is on Satchel Paige, Dizzy Dean and Bob Feller and much more. Barnstorming as big business and social revolution and much more.

A piece of sports history that made big headlines back in 1968 but for many has faded into obscurity has now re-surfaced in “Something in the Air” by Richard Hoffer (University of Nebraska Press, $19.95, 268 pages, paper). A very interesting book that probes the stories of both black and white athletes gathered for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and the paths they chose to express themselves.

2011 marks Harvey Frommer's 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).
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