Diamonds around the Globe: The Encyclopedia of International Baseball

Diamonds around the Globe: The Encyclopedia of International Baseball

by Peter C. Bjarkman
     
 

Baseball is increasingly popular throughout the world, as evidenced by the many talented players (such as Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, and Hideki Matsui) coming to the Major Leagues from around the globe. The influx of such players is testament to the many high-quality professional and amateur leagues that thrive throughout the world. In this

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Baseball is increasingly popular throughout the world, as evidenced by the many talented players (such as Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, and Hideki Matsui) coming to the Major Leagues from around the globe. The influx of such players is testament to the many high-quality professional and amateur leagues that thrive throughout the world. In this reference book—the first of its kind— narrative chapters trace the history of baseball in Australia, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and throughout the rest of the world. Bjarkman profiles the teams and leading players from each country. He also covers the history of tournament play throughout the world, including Olympic baseball. This volume provides an invaluable and unprecedented source on the growth of America's national pastime into a global phenomenon that one day might feature a true World Series. Backmatter includes a chronology of important events, an annotated bibliography, and contact information for official baseball federations throughout the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313322686
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Pages:
652
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : birth of the international pastime
Ch. 1Cuba : Beisbol Paradiso1
Ch. 2Canada : diamonds of the frozen north69
Ch. 3Japan : Besuboru becomes Yakyu in the land of Wa119
Ch. 4The Dominican Republic : cradle of big league shortstops159
Ch. 5Venezuela : stepchild of Latin American baseball199
Ch. 6Puerto Rico : big league launching pad231
Ch. 7Mexico : traditions of outlaw baseball265
Ch. 8The Caribbean Basin : baseball's hidden sandlots319
Ch. 9Europe, Africa, and the Pacific Rim : rounding the global bases349
Ch. 10Baseball's Olympic movements : world amateur competition409
Ch. 11The Caribbean and baseball's real World Series : the heyday of Latin winter ball485
App. AInternational baseball timeline : greatest moments in world baseball history525
App. BInternational Baseball Federation : 2003 membership roster561

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