Eastern Stars How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris

ISBN-10: 1594485054
ISBN-13: 9781594485053
Edition: N/A
Authors: Mark Kurlansky
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Description: "A fantastic social history" from the author of Saltand Cod(USA Today) In the Dominican Republic town of San Pedro de Macorís, baseball is often seen as the only way to a better life. For those who make it, the million-dollar paychecks from Major  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/5/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

"A fantastic social history" from the author of Saltand Cod(USA Today) In the Dominican Republic town of San Pedro de Macorís, baseball is often seen as the only way to a better life. For those who make it, the million-dollar paychecks from Major League Baseball mean that not only they, but their entire families as well, have been saved from grinding poverty. The successful few set an example that dazzles the neighbors they left behind. But for the majority, this dream is illusory. In The Eastern Stars, New York Timesbestselling author Mark Kurlansky reveals the connection between two countries' love affair with a sport, and the remarkable journey of impoverished San Pedro and its baseball players-including Rico Carty, Albert Pujols, Robinson Canó, Sammy Sosa, and Alfonso Soriano-who have sought freedom from poverty through playing ball.

Mark Kurlansky is the author of The Basque History of the World, the New York Times bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (among the New York Public Library's Best Books of the Year in 1998), as well as A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry; A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny, and several acclaimed works of short fiction and journalism about the Caribbean. He spent seven years as the Caribbean correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. He lives in New York City.

Prologue
Sugar
Like the Trace of a Kiss
The First Question
The Question of First
Who's on First
The First Opening
San Pedro Rising
Draft Dodging
Dollars
The Fourth Incarnation of San Pedro
The City of Baseball
Three Three-Brother Families
The Curse of the Eastern Stars
San Pedro's Black Eye
Fickle Judgment from the Peanut Gallery
The First Eighty-six: Major League Baseball Players from San Pedro de Macor�s
A Dominican Chronology
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index

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