The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic

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In a new afterword Rob Ruck looks at the current state of baseball in the country that has produced Sammy Sosa and many other major league stars.
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Overview


In a new afterword Rob Ruck looks at the current state of baseball in the country that has produced Sammy Sosa and many other major league stars.
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Editorial Reviews

Baseball America

"Fans should want to know why such a little Caribbean island has so much baseball talent. . . . On this literally dirt-poor island, baseball is the Dream, the Salvation, the stabilizing societal force. . . . Baseball is all there is."—Baseball America

Journal of American History

"In the Dominican Republic . . . baseball reigns supreme. San Pedro de Macorís, on the island’s southeast coast, has produced more major league ballplayers per capita than any other town in the world. According to former big leaguer Pedro Gonzalez, ‘Every boy grows up with a bat and a ball—it’s the first present a male baby gets in his crib.’ . . . Ruck offers not only the flavor of Dominican baseball but a spirited and carefully crafted account of the past and present of this complicated game. . . . A rarity in sports history."—Journal of American History
Baseball America Editors

"Fans should want to know why such a little Caribbean island has so much baseball talent. . . . On this literally dirt-poor island, baseball is the Dream, the Salvation, the stabilizing societal force. . . . Baseball is all there is."—Baseball America
Journal of Sport History

"Impressive . . . captures the spirit of the sport as it is played in the Dominican Republic."—Journal of Sport History
Journal of American History

"In the Dominican Republic . . . baseball reigns supreme. San Pedro de Macorís, on the island’s southeast coast, has produced more major league ballplayers per capita than any other town in the world. According to former big leaguer Pedro Gonzalez, ‘Every boy grows up with a bat and a ball—it’s the first present a male baby gets in his crib.’ . . . Ruck offers not only the flavor of Dominican baseball but a spirited and carefully crafted account of the past and present of this complicated game. . . . A rarity in sports history."—Journal of American History

Journal of Sport History

"Impressive . . . captures the spirit of the sport as it is played in the Dominican Republic."—Journal of Sport History

Baseball America Editors

"Fans should want to know why such a little Caribbean island has so much baseball talent. . . . On this literally dirt-poor island, baseball is the Dream, the Salvation, the stabilizing societal force. . . . Baseball is all there is."—Baseball America

Library Journal
Unlike John Krich's survey of all Latin America in El Beisbol ( LJ 5/1/89), this looks only at the half-island nation which sent Hall of Famer Juan Marichal and other stars to the big leagues. Ruck ( Sandlot Seasons: Sport in Black Pittsburgh, LJ 1/15/87) traces baseball's 100 years there against the story of foreign economic domination and Trujillo repression. Though expensive for some libraries, this is a valuable study and should be in all serious collections.
Booknews
San Pedro de Macor<'i>s, an island on the Dominican Republic's southeast coast, has produced more major league baseball players per capita than any other town in the world. This account captures the spirit of the past and present of baseball in the Dominican Republic. This paperback edition offers a new afterword by the author, looking at the current state of baseball in the country. The author teaches history at the University of Pittsburgh. First published in 1991 by Meckler Publishing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803289789
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 217
  • Sales rank: 802,026
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Rob Ruck teaches history at the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of Sandlot Seasons: Sport in Black Pittsburgh and other books. He was project director for the film Kings on the Hill, an Emmy-winning documentary on Negro League baseball.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Los Muchachos of Winter
1 The Apostles of Baseball 1
2 The Yankee Years 17
3 Have Baseball - Will Travel 34
4 Peloteros in the Banana Fields 47
5 The Dominican Dandy 61
6 The Winter Game 99
7 Three Kings Day in Consuelo 115
8 Mauricio, Padre Jose and Rico 140
9 The City of Shortstops 167
Postscript Season's End 185
Afterword 195
Index 207
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  • Posted March 19, 2010

    Must Read 4 Baseball Fans

    A great read for the baseball fan as well as a light study in Caribbean/Dominican culture. Wonder why so many Dominicans excel in baseball? It's deep rooted in the culture just as soccer is in Brazil and hockey in Canada. This book covers the introduction and great growth of Dominican talent from it's early days to (almost)modern times. Needs an updated chapter to include the contributions of Sosa, Ortiz, and Pedro Martinez to the modern glory years of Dominican baseball but a great read. I found a new appreciation for Caribbean baseball history after reading this entertaining book

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