This is the time of year for sports book giving and getting. Below are the top choices from your favorite critic.
THE PATS by Glenn Stout and Richard A. Johnson (Houghton Mifflin $35.00, 365 pages) gets my vote for the best sports book of 2018. Detailed, carefully crafted, filled with fun, facts, passion, timeless and fabulous photographs throughout, this book is a keeper.
Subtitled as an illustrated history of the New England Patriots, the terrific tome spins the fascinating narrative and the complete story through sixteen enjoyable to read chapters focused on the fabled franchise and its five trophies. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
In the Name of the Father by Mark Ribowsky hones in on football’s Manning dynasty (Liveright Publishing, $29.95, 400 pages). This is a careful rendering of the story of football royalty, the Mannings, Archie, Peyton, and Eli. It is a unique exploration of father/son, brother/brother.
Unique, an inside look, honestly written, filled with info not previously known, Ribowsky scores a touchdown with this splendid effort. GO FOR IT
The Story of Baseball in 100 Photographs ($30.00, 224 pages, Sports Illustrated) is a big picture book that attempts to most of the time successfully live up to its title, We are there through the decades looking at the images and reading the stories. Fun nostalgia.RECOMMENDED.
ABOUT HARVEY FROMMER
One of the most prolific and respected sports journalists and oral historians in the United States, author of the autobiographies of legends Nolan Ryan, Tony Dorsett, and Red Holzman, Dr. Harvey Frommer is an expert on such sports subjects as “Shoeless Joe,” the Yankees and the Red Sox, and the Super Bowl. A professor now for more than two decades in the MALS program at Dartmouth College, Frommer was dubbed “Dartmouth’s Mr. Baseball” by their alumni magazine. He’s also the founder of www.HarveyFrommerSports.com. Mint, signed, discounted Frommer books are available from the site.