Harvey Frommer

Sports Junkies' Book of Trivia, Terms, and Lingo

(Taylor Publishing Company, 2005 Paperback;  ISBN: 1-58979-255-6)

Back to the book page


What they have said about the book:

What They Are, Where They Came From, and How They Are Used

A Review By Phil Speranza

What if someone made a dictionary of all sports terms, nicknames and lingo? What if someone could compile all the clichés that you hear on the sports broadcasts? Well if someone did if would have to be someone like baseball/sports historian Harvey Frommer. Guess what? That is exactly what he has done.

Taylor Trade Publishing brings you Frommer's The Sports Junkies' Book of Trivia, Terms, and Lingo. Broken down by sport the paperback covers everything from Archery to Wrestling. It goes into dept on slogans like "Ya Gotta Believe" and nicknames like the "Yankee Clipper". It explains terms like "Wrong-Field Hit" and "Wrist Hitter" and the more common "Windup".

This is the perfect book to have in reach when you watch or work with someone who is into a sport that you really aren't too familiar with. Say you are watching a Cricket match on ESPN or talking cricket with Mark from England and the term "Swing Bowler" comes up. Well you can reach for your copy of THE SPORTS JUNKIES BOOK OF TRIVIA, TERMS, AND LINGO and see that a Swing Bowler is one whose main aim is to move the ball in the air. It comes in handy when you need to know the difference between a "Ferret" and an "All-Rounder"

It covers the common terms like "Pennant" to the obscure basketball nickname "Microwave". From football to golf, handball to hockey, all the terms and lingo is in this book. It is not a book that you have to read cover to cover, but you will. So for all you "Bleacher Bums" and sports fans out there this is a book for you. Buy two and use one as a holiday gift.

Like Casey Stengel said "You Could Look It Up" and with this book you can, and guess what? That saying is in there as well. .


However, if you are looking for an outstanding book that addresses not just the language of baseball but all sports, then "THE SPORT'S JUNKIE'S BOOK OF TRIVIA, TERMS AND LINGO" by the amazingly prolific Harvey Frommer, is a must for your library.

Frommer looks at the nicknames, jargon and sport's catch phrases of sports from Archery to Wrestling and everything in between. For example in darts, a "Black Hat" is hitting three double bulls (a bull's eye) in one throw, the name comes from "hat trick." In the hockey section we see that "hat trick" is the scoring of three or more goals in one game by a player.

Frommer has always written brilliantly about baseball and his section in this book is as informative as ever. Here is a sampling: "White Gorilla" - Former right-handed power pitcher Goose Gossage, for the way he looked Rich Gossage apparently had more than one nickname)
Sunday Best - a term describing a pitcher throwing his most effective pitch(es)
Road Grays - away uniform, non-white these days
"Milkman" - former Yankee pitcher Jim Turner because of his off-season job delivering milk.

This is a great book for everyone who wants to learn a little bit more about the sports they know, and a lot more about the sports they don't know.

Published by Rowman & Littlefield, Frommer is a spray-hitter (a batter who is able to hit the balls to all fields) who has hit for the cycle (a batter achieving a single, double, triple, and home run in the same game).

Back to the book page