A few years back when I was at Ft. Meyers interviewing for my “Remembering Fenway Park” two targets were Sox manager Terry Francona and sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy. In my opinion they were at the top of their game and could provide many insights about Fenway.
Both guys were busy. Both guys had better things to do then pass the time of day with me. Nevertheless, both guys gave me as much time as I needed and their stories and insights added immeasurably to my book.
So I knew “FRANCONA: The Red Sox Years” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28.00, 360 pages) would not be just another baseball book—and it isn’t. This is one for you to read and keep on your bookshelf. The book covers eight years, 2 world championships and frontstage and backstage Sox stories.
We are there with the affable, outspoken and thoughtful Francona through his successes and failures, There are candid insights into Theo Epstein, players like David Ortiz, Josh Beckett, Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, and the owners. Francona ends this anecdote-filled and honest book with: “Managing the Red Sox was the hardest job I ever had. And it was the best job I ever had. Now it’s time to try it somewhere else.”
Try this book—a notable reading experience.“Closer” by Kevin Neary (Running Press, $15.00, 288 pages, paper) has a collection of major league pitchers—past and present—revealing inside tricks of saving games. Lots of inside baseball.
From Norton comes “So You Think You Know Baseball” by Peter E. Meltzer ($16.95, paper) is sub-titled “a fan’s guide to the original rules” and that is what this small tome tackles.
“Summer of ‘68” by Tim Wendel (Da Capo, $14.99, 272 pages, paper) focuses on a season that he makes the case for—as changing baseball.
For the golfers among you comes a duo of terrific books from Gotham Books “An American Caddie in St. Andrews” by Oliver Horovitz ($26.00, 322 pages) and “Drive Like the Pros” by Michael Neff ($30.00, 176 pages). One is a burly volume and the other is slim but both pack much to be loved by sports fans and golfers everywhere. The “American Caddie” is part growing up, part memoir, all good reading by Horowitz, 26, who has been on the course for the past seven years and has lots to talk about.
“Any Given Monday” by Dr. James R. Andrews (Scribner, $25.00, 270 pages) is a primer on sports injuries and how to prevent them told by a man who has spent a lifetime in sports medicine.
“The Official NASCAR 2013 Preview and Press Guide” (Random House, $19.99, 336 pages, paper) is an annual publication that provides all the needed inside info for fans of the sport.
Dr. Harvey Frommer received his Ph.D. from New York University. Professor Emeritus, Distinguished Professor nominee, Recipient of the “Salute to Scholars Award” at CUNY where he taught writing for many years, the prolific author was cited by the Congressional Record and the New York State Legislature as a sports historian and journalist.
His sports books include autobiographies of sports legends Nolan Ryan, Red Holzman and Tony Dorsett, the classics “Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball,” “New York City Baseball: 1947-1957.” The 1927 Yankees.” His “Remembering Yankee Stadium” was published to acclaim in 2008. His latest book, a Boston Globe Best Seller, is “Remembering Fenway Park.” Autographed and discounted copies of all Harvey Frommer books are available direct from the author.
Please consult his home page: http://harveyfrommersports.com/
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