If you're looking for a tell-all that rakes up all the dirt on the fights and firings that went on during George Steinbrenner's years owning the Yankees, this book isn't it. Steinbrenner: the last lion of baseball by Bill Madden is, however, an honest look at all the goings-on during the years that Steinbrenner took the Yankees from the $10 million purchase price to being worth recently more than $1 billion. With a lot of yelling and drama. And suspensions. But who cares about those? Certainly Steinbrenner didn't let them slow him down. Al Rosen tells of his first Christmas with the Yankees. He was home in Cleveland, getting ready for the move to NYC, when Steinbrenner called and told him to get to work in New York. ("We're never closed!") He went back to New York and he and Cedric Tallis, who got the same call, stared across their desks at each other for days, waiting for the silent phone to ring. I think that may be about the only quiet moment in the whole account.
Just about anyone will enjoy Monday morning quarterback: a fully caffeinated guide to everything you need to know about the NFL by Peter King. This light-hearted and riveting collection of columns will trace some of the most outstanding people of the NFL through the most exciting and pivotal moments in NFL games. I loved the snippets in the sidebars--interesting, silly, assorted trivia, moving, it all added up to a great book.
One of the clever things about Few and chosen: defining Tigers' greatness across the era by Lance Parrish is the organization--each chapter is focused on a field position, e.g., catcher, first base, relief pitcher, et cetera, plus manager. Parrish has an insider's view and uses it wisely to add interest and contrasting viewpoints to the book. For instance, he lists Bill Freehan as the number 1 catcher for the Tigers, even knowing Mickey Cochrane is in the Hall of Fame while Freehan is not--but Parrish is picking his all-time Tigers team, not just any all-time team. And Bill Freehan spent his entire 15-year career with the Tigers.
One of the most well-known sports writers in the business is John Feinstein, who has written both in the factual and the fictional genres. His kids' mysteries, such as Last shot, are exceptional adventures that will appeal to any sports-minded kid, boys or girls. His most recent nonfiction is Moment of glory: the year underdogs ruled golf, an account of golf in 2003, when Tiger Woods struggled with his game. Four players would come to be champions: Mike Weir, Jim Furyk, Ben Curtis, and Shawn Micheel. This book talks about the year without Woods and how it has affected everyone involved. If you haven't tried John Feinstein, how about this one?