Baseball on the Border: A Tale of Two Laredos

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Overview

"Few studies of this nature exist. Klein's general argument about tri-nationalism and sports is interesting, and he has also provided enough historical context and in-depth material on social relationships to make a solid addition to studies of the border and Southwestern race relations, as well."—Douglas E. Foley, University of Texas at Austin

"This stimulating and insightful book enlarges our understanding of nationalism and identity in a borderlands context. Klein skillfully uses baseball and ethnography to get at the dynamics of international relations as well as the harmonious and conflictive interaction among Mexicans, Anglo Americans, and Mexican Americans. A must read for scholars and aficionados of the workings of border society."—Joseph Arbena, Clemson University

"With Klein's Baseball on the Border we are treated to a glimpse of what an astute observer of social life, popular culture, and sport can teach us about larger cultural issues. With a sensitive eye for detail, a nuanced understanding of culture, and conceptual acumen, Klein provides a fascinating account of baseball as a transnational phenomenon. Not only do we learn about how baseball is played within the context of these diverging cultures, but we also learn about the structural dimensions of nationalism and how this gets borne out through sport."—Patricia A. Adler, University of Colorado, and Peter Adler, University of Denver

"Read this book, enjoy the characterizations of the players, managers, and administrators ... listen to the crowd cheer for their home town heroes, and pause to think, as Klein paints the picture with a masters stroke, of what this [book] can tell us about transnational relations and the impact of sport."—Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, authors of Backboards and Blackboards

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Editorial Reviews

Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives
This work is a superb lab experiment in the hands of a competent anthropologist like Klein as he tries to separate fantasy from reality in this dual cultural baseball experiment.... An excellent book.
— Bill Kirwin
Philadelphia Inquirer
[Klein] does a fine job of reporting, and his prose is muscular, insightful, even witty.
— Jon Caroulis
Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives

This work is a superb lab experiment in the hands of a competent anthropologist like Klein as he tries to separate fantasy from reality in this dual cultural baseball experiment.... An excellent book.
— Bill Kirwin
Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives - Bill Kirwin
This work is a superb lab experiment in the hands of a competent anthropologist like Klein as he tries to separate fantasy from reality in this dual cultural baseball experiment.... An excellent book.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Jon Caroulis
[Klein] does a fine job of reporting, and his prose is muscular, insightful, even witty.
American Anthropologist - Carlos Velez-Ibanez
The book is very well written. . . . It contributes greatly to the literature on the cultural basis of sport, to our understanding of the manner in which cultural inventions reflect national identity and processes, and substantiates an important insight to the idea that sport may provide a window to ongoing social change.
American Anthropologist - Carlos Velez-Ibañez
The book is very well written. . . . It contributes greatly to the literature on the cultural basis of sport, to our understanding of the manner in which cultural inventions reflect national identity and processes, and substantiates an important insight to the idea that sport may provide a window to ongoing social change.
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Winner of the 1997 Book of the Year, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport

"This work is a superb lab experiment in the hands of a competent anthropologist like Klein as he tries to separate fantasy from reality in this dual cultural baseball experiment.... An excellent book."—Bill Kirwin, Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives

"[Klein] does a fine job of reporting, and his prose is muscular, insightful, even witty."—Jon Caroulis, Philadelphia Inquirer

"The book is very well written. . . . It contributes greatly to the literature on the cultural basis of sport, to our understanding of the manner in which cultural inventions reflect national identity and processes, and substantiates an important insight to the idea that sport may provide a window to ongoing social change."—Carlos Velez-Ibañez, American Anthropologist

American Anthropologist
The book is very well written. . . . It contributes greatly to the literature on the cultural basis of sport, to our understanding of the manner in which cultural inventions reflect national identity and processes, and substantiates an important insight to the idea that sport may provide a window to ongoing social change.
— Carlos Velez-Ibañez
American Anthropologist
The book is very well written. . . . It contributes greatly to the literature on the cultural basis of sport, to our understanding of the manner in which cultural inventions reflect national identity and processes, and substantiates an important insight to the idea that sport may provide a window to ongoing social change.
— Carlos Velez-Ibanez
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691007441
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 Origins 15
1 A Brief History of the Two Laredos 17
2 Early Baseball on the Border 32
3 Nationalizing the Game 66
Pt. 2 Becoming Tecos 115
4 The Players and the Team 117
5 Culture and Masculinity on the Tecos 151
Pt. 3 The River Joins and the River Divides 171
6 1993: The Best of Times 173
7 1994: The Worst of Times 204
Acknowledgments 239
Appendix A Bibliographic Essay: Border and Nationalisms 243
Appendix B Methods and Perspective 260
Notes 267
Index 289
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