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Slugging It Out in Japan: An American Major Leaguer in the Tokyo Outfield Mass Market Paperback – March 3, 1992
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From Library Journal
As one of the gaijin (foreign) baseball players of Whiting's earlier book, You Gotta Have Wa ( LJ 5/1/89), Cromartie tells of his seven tempestuous years with the Tokyo Giants. "Cro," as they called him, fought the Wa --the demanding team discipline Japanese baseball teams expect from their players--and in return was resented as a highly paid foreigner and an independent black. Finally coming to terms with the Japanese methods, he won acceptance and learned to appreciate the nation's way of life. Recommended where You Gotta Have Wa attracted adult and YA readers.
- Morey Berger, formerly with Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Cromartie may strike some readers as at times presenting a bleating disposition. However, he is humble enough to admit that his attitude is influenced by his own egotism at times.
His story draws light to the fact that baseball across the world has its own local brand, and whilst he found Japan at times racially and culturally challenging, he was able to learn many great new skills and attain considerable success from his effort.
Nicholas R.W. Henning - Australian Baseball Author
Cromartie came back to the States and played his last season with the Royals as a pinch hitter/1B and finished the season with a .307 average as a part time player.
Get this book. It's worth it.
With the presence of such colorful personalities as the manager Sadaharu Oh (whose career homerun record of 868 surpasses the American counterpart), his teammates, and old-fashioned traditionalists who would be labeled downright racists in many other civilized nations, the story never seems to bore the reader.
Unlike many other player biographies ghost written by mediocre sport writers, this is surprisingly an engaging book. Robert Whiting does a great job of incorporating his own views on cultural disparities between Japan and America into Cromartie's endeavor as a gaijin player. Many opinions expressed in the book overlap Whiting's other works on baseball, such as "You Gotta Have Wa" and "The Chrysanthemum and the Bad," but "Slugging It Out in Japan" is probably the most emotionally involved pieces of all.