Baseball Without Borders The International Pastime

ISBN-10: 0803271255
ISBN-13: 9780803271258
Edition: 2006
Authors: George Gmelch
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Description: A televised baseball game from Puerto Rico, Japan, or even Cuba might look a lot like the North American game. Beneath the outward similarities, however--the uniforms and equipment and basic rules--there is usually a very different history and  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 11/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

A televised baseball game from Puerto Rico, Japan, or even Cuba might look a lot like the North American game. Beneath the outward similarities, however--the uniforms and equipment and basic rules--there is usually a very different history and culture influencing the nuances of the sport. These differences are what interest the authors of "Baseball without Borders", a book about America's national pastime going global and undergoing instructive, entertaining, and sometimes curious changes in the process. The contributors, leading authorities on baseball in the fourteen nations under consideration, look at how the game was imported--how it took hold and developed, how it is organized, played, and followed--and what these local and regional trends and features say about the sport's place in particular cultures. Organized by region--Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific--and written by journalists, historians, anthropologists, and English professors, these original essays reflect diverse perspectives and range across a refreshingly wide array of subjects: from high school baseball in Japan and Little League in Taiwan to fan behavior in Cuba and the politics of baseball in China and Korea.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Around the Horn
Asia
Japan: Changing of the Guard in High School Baseball
Japan: The Hanshin Tigers and Japanese Professional Baseball
China: Silk Gowns and Gold Gloves
Taiwan: Baseball, Colonialism, and Nationalism
Korea: Straw Sandals and Strong Arms
The Americas
Dominican Republic: Forging an International Industry
Cuba: Behind the Curtain
Cuba: Community, Fans, and Ballplayers
Puerto Rico: A Major League Steppingstone
Nicaragua: In Search of Diamonds
Brazil: Baseball Is Popular, and the Players Are Japanese!
Canada: Internationalizing America's National Pastime
Europe
Italy: No Hotdogs in the Bleachers
Holland: An American Coaching Honkbal
Great Britain: Baseball's Battle for Respect in the Land of Cricket, Rugby, and Soccer
The Pacific
Australia: Baseball Down Under
Afterword: Is Baseball Really Global?
The Contributors
Index

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