Harvey Frommer is a longtime mentor of mine, and probably the best baseball historian that I have ever known. He has a new release coming out titled “Remembering Yankee Stadium: An Oral And Narrative History” (Abrams/Stewart, Tabori and Chang) and I for one cannot wait to add it to my collection. Harvey has written over 30 books on the history of our national pastime, many focusing on my beloved Yankees, and his work is always educational and entertaining. Here is some additional info on this new book from Harvey’s Press Release:
This is the only book with a foreword by Bob Sheppard, Yankee legendary public address announcer. It mixes and matches voices from as far back as the 1920s to today providing the perspective of the rank and file who give the nitty gritty that the you won’t find from heavier names, those who will say over and over again: “When I stepped out onto the Stadium . . .” Instead, nearly one hundred voices give the book a sense of place and time and people. There are Hall of Famers, bat boys, fans, vendors, famed broadcasters and authors, Yankee players and managers as well as their rivals, and long-time observers of the Stadium scene. There are game calls from legends like Mel Allen, Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Michael Kay. There is the smell of mustard and the smell of jockstraps, the feel of being crushed, eight deep on the downtown D train after a game. And a sense of place you won't find in any "official" history enhanced by more than 200 images, many of them archival and many never before published in a book. There are ticket stubs, baseball cards, program covers, scorecards. And there is a large “Stadiumology” section with stats and facts, first and lasts.
I plan on writing a detailed review of this book in the near future so stay tuned. For more information on this and other Frommer titles, please visit Harvey’s official website.