A History of Australian Baseball: Time and Game

A History of Australian Baseball: Time and Game

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A History of Australian Baseball: Time and Game by Joe Clark

Through extensive interviews and archival research, Joe Clark has uncovered the engaging details of Australian baseball’s unique, and often turbulent, 125-year history, and for the first time the dynamic story of Australian baseball is told. Initially accepted only grudgingly in the late nineteenth century as an off-season substitute for cricket, baseball in Australia steadily rose in prominence. Starting with neighborhood games played between improvised teams, the sport grew to include state and national leagues and a spirited international competition. Both the shortcomings and the triumphs of Australian baseball are revealed in A History of Australian Baseball: Time and Game, from an ill-fated late-nineteenth-century baseball tour of America and the political firestorm surrounding the formation of the Australian Baseball League in the 1990s, to the amazing defeat of the powerhouse Cuban team in the Intercontinental Cup of 1999.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803264403
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 11/28/2003
Pages: 187
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Joe Clark has taught in Sydney, Australia, private schools since 1981. He plays baseball for the Baulkham Hills Club in Sydney.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsviii
Forewordix
Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxvii
Abbreviationsxix
1.The Origins of Australian Baseball1
2.Early Enthusiasm in the 1890s18
3.The Disaster Tour of 189724
4.A New Game for a New Century41
5.Claxton Shield and Summer Baseball60
6.Changing Times in the 1970s and 1980s75
7.The Rocky Path to a National League90
8.The Australian Baseball League, 1989-1999116
9.Key Aspects of Australian Baseball125
10.Australian Baseball at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century138
AppendixAustralian Baseball Time Line149
Notes159
Index171

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