Review of The Republic of Football

Conine, Chad S.  The Republic of Football: Legends of the Texas High School Game.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016.  Pp. 288.  Index, and 20 Photos.  $24.95 hardcover. Reviewed by Jorge Iber Before proceeding with this brief essay, it is necessary for this reviewer to own up that he is not a native-born Texan; though,…

Review of Maybe Next Year

Pearson, Greg. Maybe Next Year: Long Suffering Fans and the Teams That Never Deliver.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers, 2016. Pp. 264. 66 Photos. Index, $35.00 paperback. Reviewed by Jorge Iber As a long suffering fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Dolphins (an odd combination, to be sure), this reviewer met the…

Review of The Boyer Brothers of Baseball

Freedman, Lew. The Boyer Brothers of Baseball. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers. 2015. Pp. 252. Bibliography, Notes, Index, and 23 Photos. $29.95 paperback. Reviewed by Jorge Iber A quick perusal of baseball-reference.com under the heading of “Largest Baseball Families” generated a listing (though the site argues that it is likely an incomplete enumeration)…

Review of Finding the Left Arm of God

Endsley, Brian M. Finding the Left Arm of God: Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1960-1963. Jefferson, ND: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers, 2015. Pp. 296. Bibliography, Notes, and 64 Photos. $29.95 paperback. Reviewed by Jorge Iber Even the most casual fan of American sports history is no doubt familiar with the name Sandy…

Review of Baseball in Territorial Arizona

Tenney, John Darrin. Baseball in Territorial Arizona: A History, 1863-1912. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers, 2016. Pp. 196. Bibliography, Notes, and 23 Photos. $29.95 paperback. Reviewed by Jorge Iber At the very start of his work, John Darrin Tenney describes for readers the extensive research conducted in order to produce this brief tome,…

Review of The Great Baseball Revolt

Ross, Robert B. The Great Baseball Revolt: The Rise and Fall of the 1890 Players League. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016 (hardback). Ppxx+288. Notes and index. $29.95. Reviewed by Jorge Iber In the University of Nebraska’s press release for this book, sports editor for The Nation Dave Zirin is quoted as saying that the…

Review of Forever Red

Smith, Steve. Forever Red: More Confessions of a Cornhusker Fan. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015. 256 pages. $24.95 paperback. Reviewed by Jorge Iber The recent passing (via suicide while serving time in a California prison) of legendary Nebraska Cornhusker running back Lawrence Phillips at the young age of 40 makes this a more than…