Baseball in Europe: A Country by Country History

Overview

Many are aware that baseball's European ancestry stretches back centuries, but few realize just how extensive the modern game's history is on the Continent and British Isles. Baseball as we recognize it has been played there since the 1870s, and in several countries the players and devoted followers have included royalty, Hall of Famers from the U.S. major leagues, and captains of industry.

Organized by country, this heavily researched book delves into the history of baseball in...

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Overview

Many are aware that baseball's European ancestry stretches back centuries, but few realize just how extensive the modern game's history is on the Continent and British Isles. Baseball as we recognize it has been played there since the 1870s, and in several countries the players and devoted followers have included royalty, Hall of Famers from the U.S. major leagues, and captains of industry.

Organized by country, this heavily researched book delves into the history of baseball in 40 nations, describing not only the efforts to spread the game but also the culture of baseball unique to Europe. Appendices cover topics from major leaguers who have played in European domestic leagues to a glossary of baseball terms in seven European languages.

About the Author:
Josh Chetwynd is an award winning journalist who has been a staff reporter for USA Today and U.S. News & World Report. A former professional baseball player in the United States and Europe, Chetwynd is co-host of MLB on Five, a UK-based television program providing coverage of major league baseball

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786437245
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/16/2008
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Chetwynd is an award winning journalist who has worked as a staff reporter for USA Today and U.S. News & World Report. He also served as co-host of Major League baseball coverage on Five (TV) in the United Kingdom. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     1
Introduction     3
The Netherlands     13
Italy     37
Spain     60
Belgium     74
Great Britain     86
Germany     109
Russia (and the Soviet Union)     127
Sweden     143
France     157
Czech Republic     173
Croatia     186
The Rest of Europe: A-K     197
The Rest of Europe: L-Z     214
European Baseball Championships     233
A Brief History of European Baseball's Governing Body     259
Player Participation in Europe     261
Medals at the European Baseball Championships     263
European Club Competitions     264
European Countries in World Events     266
Country-by-country National Champions and Federations     270
European-born Major Leaguers     284
Major Leaguers in European Domestic Baseball Leagues     293
International Glossary of Baseball Terms     300
Chapter Notes     307
Bibliography     319
Index     323
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