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HARVEY FROMMER & FREDERIC J. FROMMER

Red Sox Vs Yankees: The Great Rivalry

(Sports Publishing LLC, Hardcover, March 2004, ISBN: 1-58261-767-8)
(Sports Publishing LLC, Paperback, March 2005, ISBN: 1596700580)

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Covers nearly a century's worth of epic battles on and off the baseball field between these age-old rivals.

(( Hear Harvey speak about "Yankees-Red Sox: The
Greatest, Grandest, Strongest, Longest Rivalry in Baseball
History
." ))

This signature book by the father-son team of Harvey Frommer and Frederic J. Frommer on the "Great Rivalry" features exclusive interviews with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, governors Mario Cuomo of New York and Michael Dukakis of  Massachusetts, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer,  congressmen, reporters, broadcasters, and especially  players, coaches, managers and front-office execs from  the Red Sox and Yankees including Don Zimmer, Nomar  Garciaparra, Derek Lowe, Jason and Jeremy Giambi, Lou Meroni, Dwight Evans, Theo Epstein, Nomar Garciaparro, Willie Randolph, Derek Lowe, Jason and Jeremy Giambi, Lou Meroni, Dwight Evans, Lou Piniella, Mike Torrez, Johnny Pesky, Phil Rizutto, Hawk Harrelson, Bob Watson, Ralph Houk, Eddie Yost, Chico Walker, Tony Cloninger, Casey Fossum, Steve Karsay, Grady Little, Mike Stanley, Jim Kaat, Jeremy Remy, Mel Parnell and more.

Two unique features of the book include a Rivalry Timeline and a  "Talkin' Rivalry" section, a free-for-all in print among politicians, fans, journalists, players.

Other chapters include Marker Moments, In-depth Profiles  of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium.

More than two and a half years in the making, this encyclopedic coffee-table book has more than 250 pages of text, more than 100 photos, some in  color, some archival.

A perfect book for  Yankee fans, Red Sox fans, and all baseball fans.

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What They Have Said About the Book:

Boston Globe
2005 Edition Significantly revised from last year's hardcover (2004) version to take in the great events of last year. Filled with photos and chatty observation.

MARTHA'S VINEYARD TIMES
If you can stand any more agony/ecstasy, Harvey and Frederic Frommer's "Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry" is an entertaining text that explores the psychological and athletic dimensions of the age-old rivalry between the two baseball franchises. The father-son team of Frommer and Frommer fill the book with oral and narrative histories, statistics, facts, anecdotes, and interviews that bring the rivalry to life in a vivid fashion.

Harvey Frommer is the author of more than 33 sports books. His son, Frederic, is a political reporter with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. Together they combine their reporting talents to probe how these two teams have sustained a century-old rivalry that still stirs the blood of the citizens of their respective cities. The book includes exclusive interviews with former state governors Mario Cuomo and Michael Dukakis, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, and baseball names such as Don Zimmer, Jerry Remy, Nomar Garciaparra, Theo Epstein, Derek Lowe, Phil Rizzuto, Dwight Evans, Willie Randolph, Lou Pinella, and others.

The book features in-depth profiles of baseball greats Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. It also explores the personality and magic of Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. There is a "Rivalry Timeline" that outlines how the rivalry has been sustained and fueled by new generations of players and fans over the years. The fur flies in the "Talkin' Rivalry" section where players, fans, and journalists sound off about the continuing battle between the two teams.

Frommer and son have blended 256 pages of text and 125 photos into an entertaining, quick-paced book that puts the Sox/Yankees conflict into a larger historical perspective -- something to treasure.
-- Julian Wise

BOSTON PHOENIX
As a baseball fan and a long-time observer of the Boston­New York contretemps, it was with great optimism that I recently received the newly published coffee-table publication, Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry (Sports Publishing LLC), written by sports author Harvey Frommer, along with his son, Frederic J. Frommer. Its title is self-explanatory, and it's likely that this is the best publication on the shelves in terms of dissecting the history and nature of this seemingly never-ending feud. Among its 10 chapters are 1) a timeline of the two teams' respective histories; 2) a chapter completely devoted to last year's ALCS clash; 3) a look at the memorable 1978 season (culminating with the one-game playoff at Fenway; 4) a comprehensive account of the history of the franchises; 5) the cultures of Red Sox and Yankee fans and some of the memorable events that shaped them; 6) a look at the two ballparks; 7) profiles of the respective teams' two arguably most-prolific icons: Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams; 8) the "marker" games (key contests along the way); 9) reflections from fans and observers from both sides on their feelings toward the rivalry and their favorite memories (including comments from Rudy Giuliani, Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner, Mario Cuomo, Michael Dukakis, and countless others); and finally, 10) a breakdown of the two organizations capsule histories, awards, Hall-of-Famers, year-by-year records, and so on. Good stuff, all. There is plenty to like about this book, and there's nearly everything you'd want to know about the rivalry.


HARTFORD COURANT
"Red Sox Vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry," (Sports Publishing, 256 pages, $24.95), which revisits the 100-year battle -- seemingly always won by the Bronx Bombers -- between the two teams. Authors Harvey Frommer and Frederic Frommer interview politicians, former and current players and others for their thoughts on the rivalry, which may now be at its pinnacle. The book also offers excellent photographs and more proof that baseball really is life.


PROVIDENCE JOURNAL
A beautiful new coffee table book on the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is out, written by Harvey Frommer and Frederic J. Frommer.

TAMPA TRIBUNE
Few sports rivalries have inflamed passions more than the New York Yankees against the Boston Red Sox, and last autumn's gripping seven-game American League Championship Series was the perfect example. Harvey Frommer has written 34 books on baseball, including "The New York Yankee Encyclopedia" and he teams with his son, Frederic, for a second time (their first work was "Growing Up Baseball") to produce a lively, intense and colorful look at a century of memorable games. Color photography from last season's ALCS meshes well with vintage photos of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle. Politicians like Rudy Giuliani, Michael Dukakis and Mario Cuomo offer their insights, along with former and current players and coaches such as Nomar Garciaparra, longtime Pinellas County resident Don Zimmer, Grady Little, Ralph Houk, Mike Torrez and Phil Rizzuto. The book highlights the great games and heated pennant and division races that have made this rivalry legendary.


BOSTONSPORTSMEDIA.COM
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.

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.

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. It's about the rivalry, and as such, it does a pretty good job.

BLACK ATHLETE.COM
BRISTOL, CT.--- From the 1920 sale of Babe Ruth's contract to the current pursuit of the game's best player, one thing has been a constant. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Their's is a rivalry that's had more twists and turns than an episode of "Law and Order".

While Boston's ill-fated decision allowing the Bambino to wear the pinstripes stands as this rivalry's focal point, over the years many other things have been a part of it as well.

In this latest chapter, author Harvey Frommer along with his son Frederic, capture the essence of what many feel is sports greatest rivalry. In "Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry", the Frommers puts the reader right along side the people, places, and events of these two foes.

You can argue that maybe Army-Navy, Celtics-Lakers, or even Dodgers-Giants may be bigger rivalries, but after reading this book you'll soon realize neither one is as passionate as Red Sox-Yankees.

Ironically, the book begins with a look back at the 2003 American League Championship Series where the Yankees prevailed over the Red Sox in a 7-game series that featured everything from a beanball incident to a dramatic series-ending homer.

It also takes a look at the off-season moves by both clubs following the season. Ironically, the largest move (New York acquiring Alex Rodriguez) is omitted because it happened shortly after the book was released.

Along the way, you'll see archival photos (some taken by the authors themselves) of former and current greats such as Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, Reggie Jackson and Jim Rice, and Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra.

The Frommers also explore the dreaded "Curse of The Bambino" from the Boston point of view. The impact of Boston's decision to let the Babe walk has been a deadly thorn in the side of every fan in Red Sox Nation.

The book also includes a timeline of yearly events and how they related to the rivalry. A look at the pennant races of 1949 and 1978 (both won by New York) and their subtle similarities.

From Smokey Joe Wood to Aaron "Bleepin" Boone, the "Great Rivaly" has a little something for all factions (Yankee fans, Red Sox fans, Yankee haters, Red Sox haters) to look at with angst or humor.

Not to mention, the other players, club officials, celebrities, and others on why this rivalry remains to be a lightning rod for all sports fans. With the baseball season ready to start in earnest, the Frommer's book will more than get you ready for the season.

That is, unless you root for any other team in the AL East.


BOY OF SUMMER.COM
As a Yankee fan myself, there are few endeavors more satisfying than reading about the histories of my favorite team, its closest rival, and their competition with each other. This book was and is a pleasure for me to read. Its pages are filled with stories of Yankees and Red Sox games and series, players and trades, fans and fights, quips and quotes, playoff wins and losses, heartbreak and joy for both teams. OK, so mostly heartbreak for the Red Sox.

The Frommers start the book with a timeline that starts with the birth of Babe Ruth in 1895 and ends with the acquisition of Curt Schilling by the Red Sox in November of 2004. The book then provides an entire chapter on the Red Sox and Yankees rivalry as it was played out in the 2004 playoffs, which, while incredible to watch, somehow was not nearly as exciting to read about only a few months later. The chapter, however, like the rest of the book, is well written, interesting in its own right, and very readable. I expect that ten or twenty years from now, I shall be able to pick up this book and find it an excellent resource as I recount my own memories of that exciting seven-game series to my own children or (God help you) yours. The book, like the rivalry it recalls, will stand the test of time, I expect.

I know this because the very next chapter focuses especially on the 1978 season, and it is a great read. The Yankees and Red Sox were both vying for the AL East title and were forced to play a one-game playoff to win it, which the Yanks did, even though they had been down as much as 14 games in the standings as late as July 18th. From that huge deficit, to Reggie getting benched for dogging it, to Billy Martin getting canned to Ron Guidry's 25-3 record to Bucky-Effing-Dent, there is no dull paragraph in the chapter. Harvey and or Frederic Frommer could have made a great living as a beat writer, had they not gone into slightly more prestigious careers as an Ivy League professor and a political journalist, respectively.

Moving on through the book, the Frommers spend chapters focusing on the general histories of the teams, the cultures and moods cultivated by the Rivalry, the merits and limitations of the respective ballparks, special games between the two clubs, a collection of quotes from various players, fans ad others, and list of statistics and trivia about the two teams. They even devote an entire chapter to perhaps the greatest rivalry between players on these two fabled teams, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. Frankly, this is one area in which I think the Red Sox have a decided advantage, though I doubt if many of my fellow Yankee fans would back me up on this.

As you may have deduced, the Red Sox don't have many advantages in this rivalry, and therefore I would venture a guess that this book doesn't offer nearly as much for them as it does for Yankees fans. In fact, the title, "Red Sox vs. Yankees", is about the only time that Boston has gotten first billing in this struggle for the last three quarters of a century. Personally, I can't imagine being very excited about spending hours on end reading about the myriad disappointments and seemingly endless heartbreak associated with my chosen team, thankyouverymuch. But maybe that's just me.

Regardless of your particular bent, Red Sox vs. Yankees is still a very well-done book. As a coffee-table book, it offers large, whole-panel pictures, many of them in vibrant color, to appease the eye, and solid writing to appease the mind. And even the price is right!


INSIDE BASEBALL.COM
"As far as great, almost mythological sagas go, the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry ranks right up there among modern tales of drama, with one caveat: There is no rivalry. Until 1919 the Red Sox always won. Since then they have always lost. Think of it this way - while a Yankee fan would clearly revel in just about every aspect of this new book, what Red Sox fan would even want this testimonial to heartbreak and disaster in their hometown library much less on their coffee table.

The book strives to maintain a balanced tone but history works against it. From the Boston Massacre to Aaron Bleepin' Boone, the outcome is always the same in the end. The Frommers' attention to detail results in an entertaining compendium of anecdotes that provide textured historical perspective for this flourishing rivalry.

There's the time in 1939 when the Yankees were stalling hoping the umpires would call the game because of the Sunday baseball curfew. When Fenway's faithful pelted the Yankees with debris the umpires cleared the field, forfeiting the game to New York, an inadvertent victory. But AL president Will Harridge overruled the decision and even fined the Yankees for their chicanery.

And in 1978, Bucky Dent's home run heroics came about only because he fouled a pitch off his left foot - while Dent was attended to by the trainers, on-deck hitter Mickey Rivers noticed Dent's bat was cracked and handed him one of his own. Still, when Dent hit the ball, Don Zimmer, then BoSox manager in 1978 said, "That's good. That's an out."

BALTIMORE CHOP.COM
"The ink was barely dry at the printing press when A-Rod signed with the Yankees...proof positive that the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry never rests, even for a few days in the icy off-season! Written by the well-known father-son team of Harvey and Frederic Frommer, this book may be the only thing that Sox fans and Yankee fans can agree on. There's a March of Rivalry Timeline, starting in 1895 with the birth of you-know-who; there's a chapter on the dramatic 2003 ALCS "The Curse Lives On"...plus dozens of pages of the history of the rivalry. Plus there's a great section of quotes from the famous to the average Joe: Rudolph Giuliani, Larry Lucchino, George Steinbrenner, Ari Fleischer, former Pirates minor-leaguer Mario Cuomo, Skip from Columbia, MD, Frank from Boston, and Theo Epstein. And Theo's father Leslie. "Someone asked me, 'What will Theo do if he is able to get the Red Sox to win the World Series?' I said, 'Maybe he will be the first Jewish pope.' "

Website Book Review from Phil Sperenza, March 10, 2004,
http://www.allsports.com/mlb/yYankees/rvyreview.htm
In all my days I have never seen a book that captured that rivalry the way this one does.

BEHIND THE BOMBERS. COM
Not since the Hattfields and McCoys has there been a rivalry that is so intense that you can cut it with a knife. And this rivalry seems to get stronger and stronger every year. You have your Yankees-Mets, Giants-Dodgers, Cubs-White Sox, Rangers and Islanders; I can go on and on. Year in and year out, no matter what position the teams hold in the standings, whether the Yankees are following the Red Sox or the Red Sox are behind the Bombers there is that little bit extra that makes those two team top drawer.

There were several books that were written on the subject in whole or in part. Harvey and Frederic J. Frommer have a hit on their hands, maybe even extra bases. Harvey Frommer a baseball and Yankee fan living in New England is an author of over 33 sports books. He teams up with his son Frederic J. Frommer, a political author with the Associated Press to share their own experiences and collect scores of others. They put them all together in a beautiful hardcover coffee table book for us all to enjoy.

Rarely do I read a book cover to cover in such a small time period but this book leaves you asking for more and more. In all my days I have never seen a book that captured that rivalry the way this one does. This book covers it from every perspective (with a slight slant towards the Yankees).

This book gives a day-by-day, month-by-month, decade-by-decade chronological calendar of every event that has built up the friction that exists between these two teams and their fans. It tops it all off with a detailed recap of the 2003 ALCS. It is the ultimate stage for the great competition between the two clubs.

What book on this subject wouldn't cover the 1978 season? This one takes you from when the Yankees trailed the Sox by 14 games in August right through to the Bucky Dent home run in the AL East tiebreaker. It rekindles each and every memory that you have tucked away of that monumental season. It goes into detail of the teams' histories as well as the background of two of the finest Stadiums in baseball history. Behind every great ballpark is a great player (or two dozen) and what two better players exemplify the traditions of their respective teams than Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams? And the Frommers present them both in classy fashion.

There is a chapter called the Marker Games, which highlights some of the classic confrontations of the bitter rivals. That brings me to what is my favorite part of the book. It is the recollections of the rivalry by the people that watched, covered and played them. Not only are there celebrities, writers and former players but also there are fans just like you and I. Fans, celebrities and players from both sides of the fence share their memories with us, both happy and not so happy. You will see names like Don Zimmer, Ralph Houk, Willie Randolph, Dwight Evans, Mike Stanley just to name a few of the players and coaches. Politicians like America's Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former governors Mario Cuomo (NY) and Michael Dukakis (Mass), former White House press secretary Ari Fleisher and many more. Best of all there are fans, Boston Fans and New York Fans. It is like a good bar argument without the fear of getting beer spilled on you.

And what great photos!! Color, Black and White, Classic, Today, you can spend hours looking at the pictures alone.

This book is a must for Yankees, Red Sox and Baseball fans alike. It will definitely clear away a few of those cobwebs. It will bring out your own stories, make you remember where your were when Bucky Dent hit "the" home run (or if you a Boston fan, Bucky "effing" Dent). I would rate this book in the top five Yankee books that I have read. I suspect the Frommer name might be on a couple more on my list.

THE HIGHLANDER
I loved it and read it in 2 days)Perfect for fans of the Bronx OR Beantown Bombers! Harvey and Fred Frommer have once again, done the impossible. Red Sox vs. Yankees "The Rivalry" may very well be the first (and last) book you will ever see on BOTH New York AND Boston fan's coffee tables. Written with the Frommer's usual attention to detail, "The Rivalry" covers virtually every aspect of this love-hate relationship with equal time given to both sides. A thorough history of both franchises clearly illustrates what makes these ball clubs so special and the testimonial section (featuring athletes, politicians and everyday fans from both cities) grants the reader passage into the psyche of their counterparts. We enjoyed everything about this book from Fred's introduction referencing a childhood trip to Fenway, to the wonderful photography from Harvey's private collection, to the closing side-by-side comparisons of the cities of Boston and New York. No fan should be without it.

NEW JERSEY.COM
On the Bookshelf, By renowned Sport Authors Harvey & Frederic Frommer has just been released. It covers nearly a 100 years worth of historic Red Sox - Yankees rivalry right through the 2003 ALCS. For the content to be any fresher they would have to come to your house and update it after the game on Sunday.

BASEBALLOLOGY.COM, by Russ Cohen
There is a new book out that has the title listed above and its timing is perfect especially with the "Curse of A-Rod." Now all of those events happened after this book was printed but it made the current rivalry the hottest in sports.

The book is a classy coffee-table book that has some great vintage photos of Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams to name a few. This book covers the rivalry day-by-day and has quotes from such notables as Theo Epstein; the current GM of the BoSox, who claims the dreaded curse doesn't exist. Pedro Martinez, who would drill the Bambino and Rudy Giuliani, who takes the high road (sorry, read the book).

You will see some of the amazing photos like the 1986 WS ball and very rare shots of Ruth plus you can read about the joy that the Yankees' fans have felt and the sorrow that Red Sox fans still feel today, should I mention Aaron Boone here?

Even if you are a tortured Sox fan you will want to read the chapter nine where fans and other notables sent in their thoughts on the historic games over the years or just what they feel in their gut. Misery enjoys company (good for Boston fans and you can count my entry in with that one!, Page 214) and front-runners enjoy rubbing it in - - the perfect oil and water mix!

Harvey and his son Frederic left no stone unturned and really captured the essence of why these two teams love/hate to face each other every season. Red Sox fans are waiting for their time but have a lot of positive memories and we won't mention the Bronx Bomber fans that have had it too good for too long.

Any sports fan will love this book because rivalries are what make games and series' memorable.

"Perfect for fans of the Bronx OR Beantown Bombers!" - The Pinstripe Press

TRAVEL WATCH.COM
There are baseball books and then there is this gem from Harvey and Fred Frommer. It is a real jewel with all kinds of infomation about the Yankees and the Red Sox: oral history, tats, quotes, long stories, a March of Rivalry Time section that essentially showcases the ebb and flow of the historic battles between these two terrific franchises.

There is so much to read, so many archival photographs and images - some from Harvey Frommer's own personal collection. Priced at $24.95 - - -this has to be the baseball book bargain of the season.

USA Today Sports Weekly
As the Yankees and red Sox gear up for more head-to-head battles this summer, zealots on both sides of the rivalry are well-served in this newest tribute to baseball's fiercest feud. The Frommers cover the hostilities from every angle imaginable, giving readers just about all they'll need to know as they settle in for upcoming bouts in 2004.

The fun begins with a timeline of the major events that have enlivened the century-long competition, then turns to a comprehensive review of last season's epic playoff series. After a look at the roller-coaster ride of the storied 1978 AL East pennant race, the books follows with chapters on the rivalry's origins, the clashing cultures of the cites, a comparison between the hometown ballparks and capsule summaries of the most significant games. There's even an entire segment devoted to the various virtues of Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio and their roles in the ongoing antagonism.

Capping off the retrospectives is an open forum from both New York and Boston advocates. Politicians, sportswriters, entertainers, ordinary fans and the players themselvesoffer barbed , even witty viewpoints about the rivakly. Their caustic comments should provide more than enough combustion to fire up the Yankee and Sox faithful for this year's remaining games. - - David Plaut

Canadian Sports Collector
Both the Yankees and Red Sox are two of sport's storied franchises. Both have long legacies, but in recent times one is for success, the other for futility. With the 2004 baseball season underway, the classic rivalry has never been hotter, especially now that Alex Rodriguez, a commodity pursued by Boston over the winter, finds himself playing third base in New York.

But how did the rivalry start? The father-son team of Harvey Frommer and Frederic J. Frommer explore the two teams in Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry, a new 250-page coffee table book from Sports Publishing. The book uses a delightful mix of history, first-person accounts from those involved and classic photographs to tell the story of how the Yankees became a dynasty and the Red Sox became the perennial runner-up. From Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra, Red Sox vs. Yankees is an informative and entertaining book for fans on either side and even outside of the two teams' alliances.

BROTHERSJUDD.COM
Plenty of folks can tell you where they were when JFK was shot or the Challenger exploded or what have you--Red Sox and Yankee fans can tell you where they were when Grady Little sent Pedro out to pitch the 8th, or when Dave Righetti pitched a 4th of July no-hitter, or when Bucky "F'in" Dent hit The Homerun.. For all those fans we highly recommend this new book by Harvey Frommer, a long-time chronicler of the Yankees, and his son, Frederic.

They've combined a history of the two teams and their many contests with personal reminiscences--their own and those of players, other fans, and the rich and famous--and a host of terrific photographs to create a kind of scrapbook of the rivalry that some refer to as the American version of Athens (Boston) vs. Sparta (New York). In a book awash with great anecdotes it's hard to pick just one, but here's a Don Zimmer quote from the period when the tension between the two great catchers, Carlton Fisk and Thurman Munson, was as fierce as that between the teams in general:

Fisk hated Munson, Munson hated Fisk, and everyone hated Bill Lee.
Such hatreds have never been more enjoyable than they are in these pages.

MLB.COM
You don't have to tell the current players about the importance of the rivalry. It is there in the historic stadiums, in the questions of the media and in the voices of the fans. It is baseball at its best. Fortunately for the fans who cherish the matchup, Harvey and Frederic Frommer have delivered a wonderful book that provides background and insight on the classic battles, 'Red Sox vs. Yankees, The Great Rivalry.' More than two years in the making, the coffee-table book by Sports Publishing contains 125 photos and escorts the fan from the first game in 1912 through the offseason moves of 2003.

VOX of Dartmouth
Father-and-son team Harvey Frommer and Frederic J. Frommer have produced a book on the bottomless rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, examining it from the points of view of players, politicians, managers, journalists and fans. A telling example comes from a man who moved to New Jersey: "I always tell people I am a Red Sox fan. It's almost like a religion - you're born into it, and first place, or last place, or whatever place - you're in it.... But it's hard to hate the Torre Yankees - they're such a great bunch of mostly solid professionals. Who could not love the way Derek Jeter plays the game? As a baseball fan, I respect the Yankees for what they have accomplished. But I will never, ever, root for them, ever." A 15-page timeline chronicles a century of Red Sox/Yankees encounters, with the following entry near the beginning: "1901: April 26 - Boston's American League team, which will later be known as the Red Sox, makes its debut against Baltimore, a team that will later relocate to New York and become the Yankees. The Boston team loses that day, 10-6." How prophetic. Chapters examine Boston's dark age as Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees, the 1978 season, the 2003 playoffs, the respective fan cultures, the ballparks and other topics. A chapter on the contrast between the Red Sox's Ted Williams and the Yankees' Joe DiMaggio describes, on the one side, the mutual resentment between Williams and the press, and sometimes between the brash Williams and Red Sox management. On the other side, the soft-spoken DiMaggio one time let his ambition get in the way, as seen in the following excerpt:

"A winter operation had severely handicapped Joe DiMaggio after the '46 season, and he saw very limited action the following spring training. Driven to make up for lost time, he spent many hours taking extra batting practice. Asked by Yankee management to pose for some Army recruiting posters, Joe D refused. He claimed he could not spare the time. He was fined $100 - the first and only fine of his career. "What are you trying to do, Joe," Williams said supposedly, "steal my act?"."

Baseballbook.blogspot.com
The newest offering from father/son duo Harvey and Frederic J. Frommer, Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Great Rivalry (Sports Publishing LLC, $24.95) found its way into my hands about a week and a half ago, and I have taken nearly any opportunity I could to review it. Not only because I promised the senior Frommer that I'd get this review out in a timely fashion for once, but also because as a Yankee fan myself, there are few endeavors more satisfying than reading about the histories of my favorite team, its closest rival, and their competition with each other.

Having had the good fortune to have been raised a Yankee fan (and the good sense not to switch alliances when they started to suck in the early '90s), this book was and is a pleasere for me to read. Its pages are filled with stories of Yankees and Red Sox games and series, players and trades, fans and fights, quips and quotes, playoff wins and losses, heartbreak and joy for both teams. OK, so mostly heartbreak for the Red Sox.

Frommer starts the book with a timeline that starts with the birth of Babe Ruth in 1895 and ends with the acquisition of Curt Schilling by the Red Sox in November of 2003. The book then provides an entire chapter on the Red Sox and Yankees rivalry as it was played out in the 2003 playoffs, which, while incredible to watch, somehow was not nearly as exciting to read about only a few months later. The chapter, however, like the rest of the book, is well writen, interesting in its own right, and very readable. I expect that ten or twenty years from now, I shall be able to pick up this book and find it an excellent resource as I recount my own memories of that exciting seven-game series to my own children or (God help you) yours. The book, like the rivalry it recalls, will stand the test of time, I expect.

I know this because the very next chapter focuses especially on the 1978 season, and it is a great read. The Yankees and Red Sox were both vying for the AL East title and were forced to play a one-game playoff to win it, which the Yanks did, even though they had been down as much as 14 games in the standings as late as July 18th. From that huge deficit, to Reggie getting benched for dogging it, to Billy Martin getting canned to Ron Guidry's 25-3 record to Bucky-Effing-Dent, there is no dull paragraph in the chapter. Harvey and or Frederic Frommer could have made a great living as a beat writer, had they not gone into slightly more prestigious careers as an Ivy League professor and a political journalist, respectively.

Moving on through the book, the Frommers spend chapters focusing on the general histories of the teams, the cultures and moods cultivated by the Rivalry, the merits and limitations of the respective ballparks, special games between the two clubs, a collection of quotes from various players, fans ad others, and list of statistics and trivia about the two teams. They even devote an entire chapter to perhaps the greatest rivalry between players on these two fabled teams, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. Frankly, this is one area in which I think the Red Sox have a decided advantage, though I doubt if many of my fellow Yankee fans would back me up on this.

As you may have deduced, the Red Sox don't have many advantages in this rivalry, and therefore I would venture a guess that this book doesn't offer nearly as much for them as it does for Yankees fans. In fact, the title, "Red Sox vs. Yankees", is about the only time that Boston has gotten first billing in this struggle for the last three quarters of a century. Personally, I can't imagine being very excited about spending hours on end reading about the myriad disappointments and seemingly endless heartbreak associated with my chosen team, thankyouverymuch. But maybe that's just me.

Regardless of your particular bent, Red Sox vs. Yankees is still a very well-done book. As a coffee-table book, it offers large, whole-panel pictures, many of them in vibrant color, to appease the eye, and solid writing to appease the mind.

And even the price is right!


Radio:

RAY AND DIANE SHOW /WTIC, CT
"Harvey Frommer has written many baseball books - Red Sox Vs Yankees (written with his son Fred ) is his latest and greatest. It is filled with great photographs and so much detail on the history and lore of the two teams. It is a gorgeous book and, of course, has great text."

Sport By Line USA Radio/San Francisco
Such a wonderful book. We have made it a Selection of the Month for Sports BY Line USA. The cover images of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams underscore the depth and tone of the book."

ARNOLD DEAN SHOW, WTIC
It is a breath of spring time. The pictures are superb. I am a student of the game and have seen so many baseball books but there are so many photos here that I have seen for the first time. It is such a terrific book, with such great text, so much to read. I thought I knew most of the history of the Red Sox and Yankees, but I learned a lot reading it. The oral history component is special - from former New York City Mayor Rudy G thriough all the fans, players, managers, everyone has a lot to say. Harvey Frommer has written all those sports books - more than 30 - but this book with his son Fred as co-author may top all of them.

KOMA-AM, Oklahoma City (FOX Sports Radio New Mexico)
Super production job. Incredible photos, many never seen before. Super infomation on Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, marker moments in the rivalry, persdonalities, oral history. So many details from the father-son team of Harvey Frommer and Fred Frommer. Such enthusiasm for the topic. It is such an affordable book and the reader gets so much for the price. RED SOX/YANKEES: THE GREAT RIVALRY is the kind of book you want to buy and put on your coffee table and pick up and refer to again and again.

ABC Radio Sports Network
"FABULOUS. A GREAT BOOK. AMAZING ANECDOTES. SO MUCH INFORMATION.
IF ANYONE WANTS TO KNOW ALL THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT THE RIVALRY -THIS IS THE BOOK TO GET."

SPORTS BIZ RADIO
"A great book. If you care about baseball, if you care about the Rivalry, this is the book to have on your bookshelf." - - Fred Wallin

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