Harvey Frommer is a professor

Harvey Frommer is a professor at Dartmouth College and the author of more than 33 sports books. Along with his son, Frederic, who is a correspondent for the AP out of Washington DC, they have written a new book that is totally dedicated to the rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees.

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The book is a coffee-table style book loaded with pictures from the years of rivalry, right down to last fall. There are pictures of Zimmer on his face on the Fenway turf. There’s a picture of Manny, bat in hand motioning towards Clemens. There are pictures, stories and recaps from the battles of the 70’s with Munson and Fisk, back to the 40’s with DiMaggio and Williams.

There is a section of the book just dedicated to pictures of Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. The pictures throughout the book really make the book. There is a section in the back that consists of just quotes from people involved with the rivalry, players, executives, fans and yes, media members. (Skip Shaughnessy’s quotes, they’re just a plug for his book and how he doesn’t root for teams, he roots for the story. He says Bucky Dent is a wonderful story.) Other than the Shaughnessy quote and a few other small-minded individuals the quotes section is some good reading. Interesting are items from players and managers who have been on both sides of the rivalry.

All in all, the book’s best feature is the pictures. Many of which I had never seen before, and many that have historical significance. The book focuses on the games and series between the teams, so if you’re looking for a definitive history for either team, you’re not going to get that. There are other books which do a better job of that. It’s about the rivalry, and as such, it does a pretty good job. Too many references to the “curse”, however. I’ll give it a BSMW 4 out of 5 stars.

Saturday Links from Len Here’s

Saturday Links from Len

Here’s a very abbreviated version of Saturday links. There will be much more tomorrow.

The Celtics beat the Nets JV team at the Fleet Center last night. Steve Bulpett and Shira Springer have game stories. The win moved the Celtics into the eighth and last playoff slot in the East as the season winds down. Mark Murphy tells us about Brandon Hunter who has been the invisible man in Boston.

The big local story these days is the Bruins. The Canadiens are in town and Michael Holley is ready. Stephen Harris has a look at how the B’s will try to neutralize the speed of the Habs. Is there anyone else out there who sees the irony in many Boston fans claiming they don’t want to get on the Bruins bandwagon because they don’t want to be let down again? The irony is that most of these people are Red Sox fans. Maybe there is some law out there saying that only one local team can break your heart. The teams in the East are very even. The Bruins could lose in the first round. But this team also has the talent to take it to another level. Have fun with this.

It’s a big day of sports today. CBS-4 has NCAA Regional Finals with UConn-Alabama at 4:40 pm followed by Oklahoma St-Saint Josephs at 7:05 pm. NESN has preseason baseball with Phillies-Sox at 1 pm. NESN has the Canadiens at Bruins game at pm. If you prefer NCAA Hockey, Ch 56 has BC-Niagra at noon. NESN has Michigan-UNH at 4 pm. Get your remotes ready.

No links this morning, but

No links this morning, but here’s a couple items to look over. The Hardball times has Part two of its Interview with Howard Bryant. Some very interesting stuff in there, he comments on the relationship of the press and the athletes in Boston. Also that he does not consider sports radio “journalism” it’s more “reactionary and entertainment-based.”

Dave Scott has a Friday edition of Scott’s Shots.

Not directly Boston related, but with the Ty Law Hungry Man tour ongoing, Orlando Pace is hinting that he might drop the Poston brothers as his agents….because they’re asking things of the Rams that he isn’t demanding. This, along with the mess the Postons have made with the Redskins and LaVar Arrington may end up hurting the agency in its efforts to sign up new clients, such as Richard Seymour, who is in the process of hiring a new agent. ProFootballTalk.com has been hammering away at the Postons nearly everyday for a couple weeks now.

Email of the day:

From:"Devanna, Joseph" [email protected]
To: "'[email protected]'"
Subject:
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 09:53:09 -0500

Funny how you refer to alex Rodriguez as the precious, if he ended up in a red sox uniform, you and pete shepperd or one of the other local shills would be washing his car and picking up his cleaning right about now. Why don't you and felger go give belicheck that Swedish massage you've been promising him. Happy ending included

“The Precious” is not a shot at A-Rod, but a reference to how the media fawned over the prospect of getting him here in Boston. As for Belichick, I guess I’m just blinded by the Lombardi trophies. (And what’s the deal with comparing me to Pete Sheppard? That has got to be a first. Pete and I don’t exactly see eye-to-eye on many things.)