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Full Count: Inside Cuban Baseball (Writing Baseball) Hardcover – April 7, 2000

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“A definitive and loving account of baseball, its history, and the people who play it.”—Rod Beaton, USA Today

“Milton Jamail’s Full Count: Inside Cuban Baseball, the product of years of research and firsthand reporting, is easily the most exhaustive and detailed look at contemporary Cuban baseball. That isn’t surprising, since Jamail is arguably our country’s leading expert on the topic.”Baseball America

“Nobody understands Cuba’s passion for béisbol better than Milton Jamail. Part travelogue, part investigative report, Full Count covers all the bases.”—Tim Wendel, author of Castro’s Curveball and contributing writer for USA Today Baseball Weekly


“Jamail’s book is all about baseball and all about the remarkable passion the game arouses in Cuba . . . offering a complete and, at times, devastating picture of the life of a Cuban baseball player.”Business Week


“Jamail is that rare combination of passionate fan and studious scholar. His book draws on both rich historical sources and the “radio bemba,” the street gossip, to make it a scintillating, informative read.”Nine: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture


“The story of Cuban baseball is both fascinating and important, and no one could tell it better than Milton Jamail. He is a complete professional with absolute integrity.”—Omar Minaya, Assistant General Manager, New York Mets

About the Author

Milton H. Jamail, a regular contributor to Baseball America and USA Today Baseball Weekly since 1991, has published articles on Latin American baseball in the Washington Post, Texas Monthly, Hispanic, Vista, and the Houston Chronicle. Traveling frequently throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America, Jamail has interviewed professional baseball players from Latin America and front office personnel from each of the thirty major league teams concerning the recruitment of players from Latin America. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.


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Product Details

  • Series: Writing Baseball
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (April 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809323109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809323104
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,645,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Jamail does a good job of sorting out the politics behind the Cuban baseball league and setting the record straight on the often distorted stories of Cuban defectors. But from a baseball fan's standpoint, there is little here that transmits what the presentday Cuban league actually feels like and looks like on the field of play. That book remains to be written and is sorely needed.
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