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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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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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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.
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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881848762
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: Baseball and American Society Series
  • Edition description: 1st Carroll & Graf edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.13 (h) x 0.63 (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

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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