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Book Review and Radio Interview: MVP by Robert Cohen

If there are two things I really enjoy they would be; reading books about the amazing sport of baseball and reading books where I learn something. When Author Robert Cohen sent me a complimentary copy of his book MVP I knew that I would be a very happy camper!

I was more than happy with the book!

Cohen is an experienced writer and has the amazing ability to convey his thoughts in a very simple and succinct manner. MVP is written in that fine tradition and I enjoyed this easy to read book.

The most important aspect of this undertaking was to define just what the heck Most Valuable Player actually means to the one making the case. Cohen takes the time to let the reader know just what MVP means to him. You’ll need to read that section slowly and carefully in order to fully understand some of the conclusions Cohen has reached.

The book is a trip down memory lane as Cohen examines each MVP from both the American and National Leagues. Was the winner of each MVP award deserving of it? Could the committee of selected another ballplayer who perhaps was more valuable than the actual winner? Both questions are answered in this book!

From the “how’s” to the “who’s” Cohen has written a must read book for any baseball fan looking to understand how the MVP is chosen, who does the choosing and most importantly did the MVP actually deserve to be the MVP!

Five stars for this book!

You can purchase MVP here.

To listen to a radio interview I conducted with Mr. Cohen about this book please press the following link or to download the interview to your portable device please right click the link below and select “save as”!

http://phillyflash.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/mvpbcohen.mp3

Book Review and Radio Interview: The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times by Steven Travers

I’ve been a huge Tom Seaver fan for most of my life so when I discovered that there was a new book out about his career I immediately snatched it up….yes, that’s correct my friends. Phil Naessens actually bought a book rather than waiting for the publisher or author so send him one for a review and an interview.

I don’t have any regrets whatsoever and neither will you.

The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times is written by well known author Mr. Steven Travers and I must say he did a remarkable job writing this book. It isn’t easy to write a book about the life and career of a famous person even when they do cooperate and sadly Mr. Seaver, for whatever reason, refused to do so.

The book is a hit anyway!

Travers takes his reader on a fact filled journey of the life and career of an icon and does so with a free flowing writing style that easily hooks his reader. I had a difficult time putting this one down and I do believe you dear reader will have the same problem.

For me this book was a trip down memory lane and I found myself reliving past glory and experiencing the heartaches that came with being a Met fan during the Seaver era; for example, I remember when the Mets traded Seaver to Cincinatti in 1977….I cried for two days and while reliving this didn’t have the same effect I did find myself shedding a tear or two at what has to be the darkest day in New York Met history.

While this book will be a great read for any Seaver fan it’s a great resource for anyone who didn’t have the privelege of watching Tom Terrific pitch…and who knows you might become a fan of his as well and if you do you can thank Steven Travers for this!

To listen to an interview I conducted with Mr. Travers, please press the following link. The interview begins at the 46 minute mark.

https://phillyflash.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/pns-may-2-2012.mp3

To purchase this book please visit the following link.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Icon-Seaver-Times/dp/1589796608/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

Book Review: The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History by Robert W. Cohen

As much as I hate to admit it, the New York Yankees are the most successful professional sports franchise in history. And as much as I wanted to hate Robert W. Cohen’s new book The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History I found myself enjoying this book and so will you.

The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History is filled with stats and other interesting biographical information that even fan or not will find fascinating and compelling. As a baseball fan this is the type of unbiased information I found appealing and what kept me interested in finishing this book.

Some of the names and rankings weren’t surprising but some names that I thought should be on the list of the 50 greatest weren’t, like for example Lou Pinella. Cohen covers this as well in a section of honorable mentions and that list is also quite extensive.

With so many great Yankees to choose from Cohen had a daunting task placed before him but his careful research and seemingly unbiased approach as well as Cohen’s easy to follow writing style makes The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankee History a keeper and worth every penny. I highly recommend this book.

To listen to an interview I conducted with Mr. Cohen please visit the link below.

https://phillyflash.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/the-50-greatest-players-in-new-york-yankees-history.mp3

 

To purchase a copy of the book please visit the link below;

http://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Players-York-Yankees-History/dp/0810883937

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free of charge from the author for review purposes. I wasn’t expected to give a favorable review nor was that Mr. Cohen’s intention.