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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (January 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786428295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786428298
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Is the most complete book on the subject to date...recommended"Choice

"the definitive work on Cuban baseball"- Library Journal

"through this and other publications, Peter Bjarkman is doing for Cuban baseball what Ry Cooder has done for Cuban music, helping us appreciate the complexity, creativity, and emotions of a people whose culture and politics have long been intertwined with those of the United States but who have often been made invisible by social attitudes or political barriers." --Sport Literature Association

"The best of a recent spate of books on Cuban baseball, in part because it is so comprehensive and thoroughly researched, but also because it avoids the pre-Revolution bias which has sullied other accounts. Elegantly written, with infectious enthusiasm, and well-illustrated too." --The Rough Guide to Cuba

"Bjarkman's passion for Cuban baseball is clearly evident throughout the entire work. This is a labour of love...masterful...essential...Bjarkman has compiled the most comprehensive and wide-ranging sets of Cuban Baseball stats to be found in any one publication...a valuable, comprehensive, and thoroughly enjoyable volume." --The International Journal of the History of Sport

"Any casual reader or serious researcher should get a copy Bjarkman's A History of Cuban Baseball, 1864-2006 for his or her library. I doubt, with little fear of contradiction, that any other volume on the subject offers so much information so lovingly assembled." --Ron Kaplan

"An exquisite book...Peter C. Bjarkman, an American in love with our baseball, demonstrates to his readers the beauties of Cuban amateur baseball." --Raúl Arce, Juventud Rebelde --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Peter C. Bjarkman, is a widely recognized authority on Cuban baseball history, an avid collector of Cuban game-worn uniforms, and a frequent visitor to the island of Cuba. A past winner of The Sporting News-SABR Award and Macmillan-SABR Award for baseball research, he is also the author of Baseball with a Latin Beat (1994).

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reid J. Duffy on July 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The importance and quality of this book is best expressed in a recent review by noted sports journalist Pete Cava, when he writes: "Like opera afacienados, fans of international baseball are passionate, but few and far between. And for any author, writing the definitive tome about Cuban baseball from its origins to the present is like taking vows of poverty.
Therefore,!felicitaciones! to Pete Bjarkman for his latest opus, "A History of Cuban Baseball, 1864-2006", simply the most complete work on the game as it's played just ninety miles away across the Florida Straits.
Bjarkman's book is a dizzying, four-part compilation of hard-to-find material on Cuban baseball- both pre- and post-revolution. Frequently detonating myths along the way, Bjarkman explains how the game took root in Cuba; how the island became a winter hotbed during the 20th Century's first decades for Negro League stars from the U.S. like Oscar Charlseston; and how it was Cuba's amateur ballclubs (and not the winter league teams) that enthralled local fans prior to the ascent of Fidel Castro.
Paying homage to Cuba's legends, Bjarkman devotes time to Adolfo Luque ("the Original 'Pride of Havana'), Orestes Minoso ("the Cuban Comet"), Conrado Marrero and Martin Dihigo ("Baseball's Least-Known Hall of Famer"). He also writes about Cuban players of the Castro era ("The World's Best Unknown Players"): Omar Linares, Orestes Kindelan, Antonio Pacheco, Norge Luis Vera, Victor "El Loco" Mesa- men who would have commanded fabulous big league contracts on the open market, but remain unfamiliar to most North American fans.
A number of tomes on Cuban baseball have appeared over the past decade, written by notables like S.L. Price, Milton Jamail, and Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Mau on November 25, 2013
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This book has just about anything you could ever ask for regarding the history of Cuban baseball. The standings are there for every season. There are summaries for every season as well. There is also a lot of good information on star Cuban players and Cuba's record in international competitions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose CORZO on December 12, 2013
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A COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE CUBAN BASEBALL PRE-WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC 2006 ALL THE PAST EVENTS THAT CUBA WON AND LOST DURING THE PAST YEARS UP TO 2005 THE ROAD TO WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC 2006 AND THE DOMESTIC CUBAN BASEBALL
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas R.W. Henning on June 16, 2009
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Why does Mr Bjarkman write five star reviews on his own books?

Some people may accuse Mr Bjarkman of being vain. I've noticed this on many of his works on Amazon.com, particularly when people write unfavourable reviews. He is then quick to tack on a five star review of his own. A professional historian or author wouldn't respond to criticism this way.

However, Mr Bjarkman has put together a satisfactory history with this book. A reason why this history is competent is because of the extensive domination Cuba has had, particularly on amateur world baseball, and this is a form of baseball that is too often overshadowed by professional domestic baseball leagues around the world.

Nicholas R.W. Henning - Australian Baseball Author
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More About the Author

Peter Bjarkman is widely recognized as a leading authority on Cuban baseball, both pre- and post-revolution. He has covered the Cuban League and the Cuban national team for the popular website www.BaseballdeCuba.com since 2007 and has traveled widely with the Cuban national team to international tournaments for the past 18 years. His volume entitled A HISTORY OF CUBAN BASEBALL, 1864-2006 (McFarland, 2007/2014) is universally considered the seminal work on the history of the island nation's national pastime. Bjarkman has also written widely over the past 20 years on Latin American baseball, major league baseball, and NCAA and NBA basketball. He has appeared in numerous television and radio interviews and in more than a dozen documentary films on baseball and basketball history. Bjarkman was recently featured with Anthony Bourdain on "No Reservations Cuba" (Travel Channel, 2011), appeared in the ESPN "30 for 30" documentary "Brothers in Exile" (November 2014) and has been profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (November 9, 2010). The author can also be found at www.Bjarkman.com as well as www.BaseballdeCuba.com and on his popular MLB Blog page (Bjarkman's Latino and Cuban Baseball History Page) which has been an MLB "Top 100 Blog Site" for the past five years (2008-2013).

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