Baseball Without Borders The International Pastime
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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 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.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 11/1/2006
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Introduction: Around the Horn|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Australia: Baseball Down Under|
|Afterword: Is Baseball Really Global?|