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Baseball in Europe: A Country by Country History
     

Baseball in Europe: A Country by Country History

by Josh Chetwynd
 

Many are aware that baseball’s European ancestry stretches back centuries, but few realize just how extensive the modern game’s history is on the Continent and British Isles. Baseball as we recognize it has been played there since the 1870s, and in several countries the players and devoted followers have included royalty, Hall of Famers from the U.S.

Overview

Many are aware that baseball’s European ancestry stretches back centuries, but few realize just how extensive the modern game’s history is on the Continent and British Isles. Baseball as we recognize it has been played there since the 1870s, and in several countries the players and devoted followers have included royalty, Hall of Famers from the U.S. major leagues, and captains of industry.
Organized by country, this heavily researched book delves into the history of baseball in 40 nations, describing not only the efforts to spread the game but also the culture of baseball unique to Europe. Appendices cover topics from major leaguers who have played in European domestic leagues to a glossary of baseball terms in seven European languages.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“impressive...scrupulously and thoroughly documented...an excellent research tool as well an informative and entertaining read...this book will be the definitive work on European baseball for seasons to come”—Booklist; “very little else has been written on this subject, so Chetwynd’s excellent overview is welcome indeed. Highly recommended”—Choice; “a one-of-a-kind book”—Library Journal; “a well-written, highly informed, carefully researched, and scrupulously documented addition to international baseball scholarship…. [T]his book will be the definitive work on European baseball for seasons to come.”—Nine; “while the book’s usefulness as a reference resource should not be underestimated, it serves equally as a fine read. In short: buy it, enjoy reading it from cover to cover, and then find it a space on your most easily accessible bookshelf”—BaseballGB; “fascinating”—Chicago Tribune; “unrivaled in its description of baseball’s presence on the other side of the Atlantic...definitive”—The Guardian; “a comprehensive, handy reference guide to everything you need to know about America’s Pastime on the Old Continent”—MLB.com; “good read...covers the history of baseball in over 40 European countries”—Toronto Sun.
Booklist
impressive...scrupulously and thoroughly documented...an excellent research tool as well an informative and entertaining read...this book will be the definitive work on European baseball for seasons to come
Choice
very little else has been written on this subject, so Chetwynd's excellent overview is welcome indeed. Highly recommended
Library Journal
a one-of-a-kind book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786437245
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/16/2008
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Josh Chetwynd is an award winning journalist who has worked as a staff reporter for USA Today and U.S. News & World Report. He also served as co-host of Major League baseball coverage on Five (TV) in the United Kingdom. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

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