The Chrysanthemum and the Bat

The Chrysanthemum and the Bat

by Robert Whiting




In this, the first book in acclaimed journalist Robert Whiting's trilogy on Japanese baseball � "The Chrysanthemum and the Bat" (1977), "You Gotta Have Wa" (1989) and "The Meaning of Ichiro" (2004) � Whiting introduces readers to the fascinating postwar development of the American pastime in Japan.

From the dominance of the Yomiuri Giants and their history of stars (home-run king Sadaharu Oh, 400-game-winner Masaichi Kaneda, batting artist Shigeo Nagashima) to the influx of aging foreign imports (trailblazer Wally Yonamine, slugger Frank Howard, former Yankees standout Clete Boyer), "The Chrysanthemum and the Bat" is about the head-on meeting of Japanese and American value systems, and the joys and frustrations which result � both on the field, and off.

Named "Best Sports Book of the Year" by Time Magazine (1977)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780396073178
Publisher: W. Clement Stone, P M A Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/1977
Pages: 352

About the Author

Robert Whiting is a leading authority on Japanese baseball, and one of the very few Westerners to write a regular column in the Japanese press. He has appeared as a commentator in documentaries about Japan and on such shows as "Larry King Live" and :The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour." He has also written for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and Time, among other publications. He lives in Tokyo.

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The Chrysanthemum and the Bat 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AhtirTano More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a detailed history or contemporary view of baseball in Japan, unfortunately, this book is too out of date. The observations for very much a product of their time (1970s), and do not hold up well. But that isn't the reason this book drops to two stars. The Nook Book was produced using OCR instead of retyping (which I can hardly blame anyone for), but it was not well edited, so typos are way too common.