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Baseball in Europe: A Country by Country History [Kindle Edition]

Josh Chetwynd
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Many are aware that baseball's European ancestry stretches back centuries, but few realize just how extensive the modern game's history is on the Continent and British Isles. Baseball as we recognize it has been played there since the 1870s, and in several countries the players and devoted followers have included royalty, Hall of Famers from the U.S. major leagues, and captains of industry. Organized by country, this heavily researched book delves into the history of baseball in 40 nations, describing not only the efforts to spread the game but also the culture of baseball unique to Europe. Appendices cover topics from major leaguers who have played in European domestic leagues to a glossary of baseball terms in seven European languages.

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Many are aware that baseball's European ancestry stretches back centuries, but few realize just how extensive the modern game's history is on the Continent and British Isles. Baseball as we recognize it has been played there since the 1870s, and in several countries the players and devoted followers have included royalty, Hall of Famers from the U.S. major leagues, and captains of industry.Organized by country, this heavily researched book delves into the history of baseball in 40 nations, describing not only the efforts to spread the game but also the culture of baseball unique to Europe. The appendices cover topics from major leaguers who have played in European domestic leagues to a glossary of baseball terms in seven European languages.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6140 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (16 July 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002MH411S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read for baseball fans 29 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
If you are a fan of this wonderful game of baseball then I suggest you read this book . Very well written in an informative way that keeps you wanting to read on and on . Once I picked the book up I found myself in a whole new world of fascinating facts and little stories about european baseball . I have learnt alot reading this book . Not only is baseball a universal sport played all across the world but it has its roots in europe far beyond anything I could have imagined .
I really enjoyed this book , I liked the style of writing and I am certainly looking forward to any future books from this author .This book is obviously written by a person passionate about baseball and for this reason if you love baseball you will love this book .

Mike Dowling
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5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive, well illustrated and documented, up-to-date 15 Aug 2008
By J. Kearney - Published on Amazon.com
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Author Chetwynd, a former pro ballplayer in Britain and Sweden, hits a home run with this well researched tome on baseball's past and present in Europe. Book is meticulously researched, as we expect from McFarland. Snappy illustrations e.g. a ticket from a baseball game at the 1936 Berlin Olympics; posters and programs from here there and everywhere; and an image proving that Italy's fashion sense in baseball uniforms was as bad as ours during the 1970s.

Great cultural contrasts, e.g. learn where the intentional walk is considered unmanly, and in which Euro-baseball powerhouse the fans would certainly never consider booing. Book takes a country-by-country approach, with vivid stories like the Italian grave diggers who learned the game from WWII GI's, not far from the beaches of Anzio. There are also several incidents of U.S. ballplayers retarding the international growth of the game by making less than diplomatic comments to the press.

Loads of statistical appendices and footnotes, plus a fun glossary on baseball terms in seven languages. Don't get thrown out of the game by the Schiedsrichter in Germany! In Italy a "doppio gioco" turns out to be a double play, not the team mascot. And who else but the French could convey the grace of a slider, or "glissante"?

A fun read for ball fans around the world, and a must buy for sports libraries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frappez-fort 9 Sep 2012
By Christopher C. Stout - Published on Amazon.com
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Thanks for your book Baseball in Europe". I was particularly interested in the section on France, having played for the "NUC" in the mid-1970s, under the leadership of Tunisian immigrant, Fafo Corso. You point out that "le NUC" and "le PUC" were the dominant French teams at the time and indeed we, le NUC, lost to le PUC in a three-game play off in Nice in 1976. The competition had a limited reach as we only played Italian teams in home and away series. I was the only Yank on our team and can't recall meeting Americans on other teams. All of this might confirm your statement that the level of play had devolved to the point that we were essentially starting over; nonetheless, we represented France against Milan, Savona and Barcelona earlier that year in Savona (strange to be standing at attention for the pre-game national anthem - La Marseillaise!). We didn't win but I took home the batting title. That too is an indication of the level of play as I had never played organized baseball at a respectable level (although I finally hung up my spikes at age 65). I'm sure there are hundreds of stories of similar cameo appearances by Americans in European baseball. Maybe you could put them together as a follow up. Nice job!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realy good book 8 Oct 2008
By O. G. J. Cloe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is realy intresting and gives lot of information about baseball in Europe. For everyone who is intrested in baseball a must
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