Harvey Frommer

Visiting Professor; MALS - Masters in Liberal Studies

Dr. Harvey Frommer received his Ph.D. from New York University. Professor Emeritus, Distinguished Professor nominee, and recipient of the "Salute to Scholars Award" at CUNY where he taught writing and speech for many years, he was cited in the Congessional Record and by the New York State Legislature as a sports historian and journalist.

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Author of autobiographies of sports legends Nolan Ryan, Red Holzman and Tony Dorset, Frommer's other sports books include Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, New York City Baseball: 1947-1957, A Yankee Century, Red Sox vs. Yankees plus the acclaimed oral histories Remembering Yankee Stadium and Remembering Fenway Park. His When It Was Just A Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl, An Oral History and It Happened in Miami: An Oral History were published in 2015.

Oral History has been used extensively by Dr. Frommer in his many travel and sports articles and books.

In 2015, the Frommers were selected to appear at the Miami International Book Fair and the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. Book Fair.

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Department:
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
Education:
B.S. New York University
M.A. New York University
Ph.D. New York University

Selected Publications

THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK  (October 2017)
Forthcoming October 2017// ADVANCE PRAISE

The Spectacle. The History. The Lore. The Legacy.

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“THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK”

by Harvey Fromme 

Page Street Publishing / October 24, 2017

 

The New York Yankees have captivated and thrilled their fans and the world of baseball for generations. They have re-written the record books. Forty-four players and 11 managers are in the Hall of Fame. They have claimed forty pennants. Twenty-seven world championships. Featured dozens of players with unparalleled major league legacies like Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, and Jeter. For these Bronx Bombers “heritage”, “mystique”, “ritual”, “magic”, “aura”, and “tradition” aren’t just public relations constructs but critical pieces of their narrative. Where “greatest” and “most” and “ultimate” are operative words, not wishful thinking.

For the franchise that has offered so many unequalled performances and generated such an incomparable share of the game’s history, Dr. Harvey Frommer presents the seminal book that echoes these superlative accomplishments and celebrates all things Yankees, “THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK: From the Beginning to Today: Trivia, Facts and Stats, Oral History, Marker Moments and Legendary Personalities—A History and Reference Book about Baseball’s Greatest Franchise” (Page Street Publishing, October 24, 2017).

From its baseball gods to its public relations men; its dynasty builders to its clubhouse attendants, Frommer highlights the great men who have created the framework of the gloried team, but also goes in-depth on all of the great stories and trivia, games and statistics, high points and low ones. THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK also features an incredible collection of classic photographs from Yankee history, and includes other unique images like vintage programs, scorecards, tickets, baseball cards, advertisements, snapshots, and more. There are so many fascinating pieces of artwork that it is like a New York Yankee museum on the printed page.

THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK also covers:

All of the owners from the Tammany Hall entrepreneurs to the SteinbrennersThe playing Fields from Hilltop Park to todayYankee legends, leaders and luminariesThe epic moments, streaks and feats, like Ruth’s “called shot” in 1932; Mantle’s tape-measure homer in 1953; and Boone’s clutch home run in the 2003 ALCSAll of the classic Yankee nicknames from “The Junkman” to “The Iron Horse”; “Marse Joe” to the “Chairman of the Board”And all of the lesser-known Yankee nicknames like “Almighty Tired Man”, “Banty Rooster”, “Biscuit Pants” and the “Carnesville Plowboy”All of the greatest Yogi-isms and Stengel-ismsThe greatest Yankee teams and the worst onesJoe McCarthy’s ten commandments for success in major league baseballHerb Pennock’s ten commandments for pitchers’ success in major league baseballGeorge Steinbrenner’s seven commandments for handling Billy MartinThe Yankees by the numbers—from 0 to $3.4 BillionA year-by-year chronology of all things YankeesAll of the most interesting stats, records and details

Brilliant in design and composition, THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK in its entirety can only be overshadowed by one of its sections: the “Ultimate Yankee Quiz”, which could be one of the most fiendish and beguiling tests for any Yankee fan or baseball history aficionado.

Dr. Frommer’s prose is clean and compelling and has put together one of the great oral histories in sports publishing. The book is filled classic quotes and memories from the voices of Grantland Rice, Roger Kahn, John Cheever, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, James Thurber, Rudy Giuliani, Mario Cuomo among many others, along with all of the details and inside stories of so many Yankee greats like Mel Allen, Billy Martin, Lefty Gomez, Roger Maris, Bob Sheppard, Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, Mariano Rivera, Tony Lazzeri, and Reggie Jackson to name just a few.

For a team built on superlatives, THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK is a most fitting tribute.

 

About the Author

One of the most prolific and respected sports journalists and oral historians in the United States, author of the autobiographies of legends Nolan Ryan, Tony Dorsett and Red Holzman, Dr. Harvey Frommer is an expert on the New York Yankees. He wrote for Yankees Magazine for 18 years and has arguably written more books, articles and reviews on the New York Yankees than anyone. A professor at Dartmouth College, Frommer was dubbed “Dartmouth’s Mr. Baseball” by their alumni magazine. He lives in Lyme, New Hampshire, with his wife Myrna Katz Frommer.

 

THE ULTIMATE YANKEE BOOK:

From the Beginning to Today: Trivia, Facts and Stats, Oral History, Marker Moments and Legendary Personalities—

A History and Reference Book about Baseball’s Greatest Franchise

Harvey Frommer

Page Street Publishing, October 24, 2017

Hardcover / 288 Pages / $35.00

ISBN 13 978-1-62414-433-2

Jackie Robinson, Lyons Press, 2017

Baseball's Greatest Managers, Lyons Press, February 2017

Old Time Baseball: America's Pastime in the Gilded Age, Lyons Press, October 2016

"Remembering Jackie Robinson," Epoch Times, 2016

Remembering Yankee Stadium: An Oral and Narrative History, Lyons Press, (Second Edition), Spring 2016

"How the Super Bowl Got Its Name," Time Magazine (2016)

When It Was Just A Game, 2015
 - Talking First Superbowl
 - "Super Sunday's Humble Origins Explored in Dartmouth Professor's New Book," Valley News

It Happened in Miami, 2015
 - "In It Happened in Miami, the Magic City  by Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer (Taylor Trade, $29.95), a wide range of voices reminisce, and the result is captivating. You’ll find great tidbits that will make you want to learn more."
      - MIAMI HERALD

Remembering Fenway Park, STC/Abrams, 2011

Remembering Yankee Stadium, STC/Abrams, 2008

Five O'Clock Lightning, Wiley, 2007

Where Have All Our Red Sox Gone, Taylor, 2006

Sports Junkies' Book of Trivia, Terms, and Lingo, Taylor, 2006

Red Sox Vs Yankees The Great Rivalry, Sports Publishing, 2004, 2005

A Yankee Century, Putnam/Berkley, 2002

It Happened in Manhattan (with Myrna Katz Frommer), Putnam/Berkley, 2001

Growing up Baseball (with Frederick J. Frommer), Taylor, 2001

It Happened on Broadway (with Myrna Katz Frommer), Harcourt Brace, 1998

The New York Yankee Encyclopedia, Macmillan, 1997

Growing Up Jewish in American (with Myrna Katz Frommer), harcourt Brace, 1995

Big Apple Baseball, Taylor, 1995

It Happened in Brooklyn (with Myrna Katz Frommer), HArcourt Brace, 1993

Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, Taylor, 1992

It Happened in the Catskills (with Myrna Katz Frommer), Harcourt Brace, 1991

Holzman and Hoops (with Red Holzman), Taylor, 1991

Behind the Lines: The Autobiography of Don Strock, Pharos, 1991

Running Tough: The Autobiography of Tony Dorsett, Doubleday, 1989

Growing Up at Bat: 50th Anniversary Book of Little League Baseball, Pharos, 1989

Throwing Heat: The Autobiography of Nolan Ryan, Doubleday, 1988

Primitive Baseball, Atheneum, 1988

150th Anniversary Album of Baseball, Franklin Watts, 1988

Red on Red: The Autobiography of Red Holzman, Bantam, 1987

Olympic Controversies, Franklin Watts, 1985

Baseball's Greatest Managers, Franklin Watts, 1985

National Baseball Hall of Fame, Franklin Watts, 1985

Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad, International Sport Publications, 1984

Jackie Robinson, Franklin Watts, 1984

Baseball's Greatest Records, Streaks and Feats, Atheneum, 1982

Baseball's Greatest Rivalry, Atheneum, 1982

Rickey and Robinson, Macmillan, 1982

Basketball My Way: Nancy Lieberman (with Myrna Frommer), Scribners 1982

New York City Baseball, Macmillan 1980

The Great American Soccer Book, Atheneum 1980

Sports Roots, Atheneum 1980

Sports Lingo, Atheneum 1979

The Martial Arts: Judo and Karate, Atheneum 1978

A Sailing Primer (with Ron Weinman), Atheneum 1978

A Baseball Century, Macmillan 1976

Yankee Century and Beyond, Sourcebooks, 2007

Red Sox Vs yankess The Great Rivalry, Sports Publishing, 2005

Sports Genes (with Myrna Katz Frommer), Ace 1982

The Sports Date Book (with Myrna Katz Frommer), Ace 1981

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Works in Progress

Members of the Tribe  (2017)

It Happened in Israel  (2017)