Baseball Without Borders

Baseball Without Borders

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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.1 The essays in this collection explore such differences in fourteen baseball- playing nations. ... I suggested some topics, such as the origins of baseball in their country, its development, and how local versions of the game differ from that anbsp;...

Title:Baseball Without Borders
Author: George Gmelch
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2006-01-01

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