Sports Book Shelf
IN THE WORKS FOR FALL 2015:
Written by acclaimed sports author and oral historian Harvey Frommer, with an intro by pro football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, When It Was Just a Game tells the fascinating story of the ground-breaking AFL–NFL World Championship Football game played on January 15, 1967: Packers vs. Chiefs. Filled with new insights, containing commentary from the unpublished memoir of Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram, featuring oral history from many who were at the game—media, players, coaches, fans—the book is mainly in the words of those who lived it and saw it go on to become the Super Bowl, the greatest sports attraction the world has ever known. Archival photographs and drawings help bring the event to life.
Frank Russo’s Cooperstown Chronicles had this blurb written for it which appears on the back cover of the book:
“A labor of love, a mighty lode of fascinating anecdotes about all things baseball. Frank Russo has hit a grand slam home run.”
Those words I wrote earlier in 2014 apply even more now that I the handsome and finished book published by Rowman and Littlefield. As the sub titles announces,” baseball’s colorful characters, unusual lives and strange demises” are all over these pages. Hal Chase, Joe Medwick, Ed Delahanty, Billy Martin, the Boston Beaneaters, Doves, Nationals, Red Sox and Braves and more all have content devoted to them.
A tireless researcher, a man who knows a good story, a writer with an eye for the odd, memorable and dramatic, author Frank Russo steps up to the plate for in this highly recommended effort. GO FOR IT
A Bowl Full of Memories by Rich Marazzi (Sports Publishing, $50.00, 406 pages) is a mother and father lode of a sports book handling as it does 100 years of football at the Yale Bowl. The book by the Yale football buff is truly a labor of love. More than 150 interviews, many photographs, a multitude of memories by an author who has seen every game at the Bowl in the last 50 years. Pegged to the centennial of the remarkable sports edifice, the book is especially worthwhile for Yalies and all fans of sports and culture. MOST RECOMMENDED
100 Things Ranger Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die by Adam Raider with Russ Cohen (Triumph, $14.95, 356 pages, paper) is a book by two writers who know their stuff. You will want to read all of it and keep it around for handy reference if you are a Ranger fan, a hockey fan, a sports fan. Trivia, facts, stories, stats, quizzes – this terrific serves it all up in a breezy, carefully researched manner. GO FOR IT
Dr. Harvey Frommer is in his 39th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: best-selling “New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling “Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball,” his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium was published in 2008 and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park was published to acclaim in 2011. The prolific Frommer’s WHEN IT WAS JUST A GAME, AN ORAL HISTORY OF SUPER BOWL ONE will be published in 2015.