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Sports BookShelf: “Major Taylor” and “1000 Football Shirts” and more

All kinds of sports books by authors with different reputations, angles, track records make their appearance. The nature of subject matter becomes more and more interesting and varied. Below is a look of at some of the more intriguing efforts.

“Major Taylor” by Conrad Kerver and Terry Kerber (Skyhorse Publishing, $24.95, 418 pages) is a true page turner. We are there at the turn of the century in 1907 in the far different world of cycling. We are there where perhaps the greatest athlete in the world was not Ty Cobb or Cy Young but Major Taylor, a black man. He was the Jackie Robinson of his time — shattering barriers, succeeding despite horrific prejudice directed against him. The Kerbers have done the world a very good deed in writing this book. Detailed, emotional, heroic, “Major Taylor” is a significant work of non-fiction that reads like fiction. BELONGS ON YOUR SPORTSBOOKSHELF

A collectible — “1000 Football Shirts” by Bernard Lions (Rizzoli|Universe, $29.95, 304 pages, paper) is a football|soccer fan’s dream detailing as its sub-title announces “the colours of the beautiful game.” The book goes into visual and word detail about 170 legendary shirts and documents 850 shirts from around the world. Soccer|football history in depth is on every page of this unique tome. Beautiful to look at, fascinating to read, “1000 Football Shirts” is a work to buy and to keep on your SportsBookShelf.

“Where Nobody Knows Your Name” by John Feinstein (Doubleday, $26.95, 368 pages) is rich in detail, carefully crafted, written with style and substance. This terrific tome that takes the reader into the world of minor league baseball.

“The Wait Is Over” by John Kreiser (Sports Publishing, $24.95, 196 pages) is a slim volume that commemorates and celebrates the Stanley Cup triumph of the Rangers in 1993-1994. Highly recommended for all sports fans and especially Ranger fans as it documents in detail through narrative and interviews with the makers of the victory the way it was.

“Spartan Up” by Joe De Sena (HMH, $24.00, 195 pages) is a slim volume, focused as its sub-title says, on “A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieve in Peak Performance in Life.”

Of special interest for children of all ages and those who read to them is “Strike Four the Crankshaw Baseball Book” by Tom Batiuk & Chuck Ayers (Kent State University Press, $24.95, 231 pages, paper. Cartoonish and beautifully scripted, this terrific tome is all about a wannabe pitching on the Toledo Mud Hens, a minor league team of the Tigers of Detroit. He had his proverbial “cup of coffee pitching one inning in an exhibition game against the Tiger sand struck out the side. This was in 1940. The story goes on for a heck of a read. Get the book — you will love it.

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 is at work on WHEN IT WAS JUST A GAME, AN ORAL HISTORY OF SUPER BOWL ONE.

Frommer mint condition collectible sports books autographed and discounted are available always from the author.

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