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.