A History of Cuban Baseball 1864 2006

In this groundbreaking volume, Peter Bjarkman traces the full arc of island baseball history, from the pioneering era of integrated play in the winter leagues, across the many triumphs of the post-revolution decades, and up through Cuba's ...


Author: Peter C. Bjarkman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786493828

Category: History

Page: 490

View: 757

Major League Baseball's 2006 World Baseball Classic shocked an international audience when an amateur team from Cuba met Japan in San Diego for the sport's first true world championship. But those who had paid attention to international tournaments were hardly surprised by Cuba's showing against all-star teams of American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Venezuelan professionals. Cuban national teams have now reached the finals of 38 consecutive major world tournaments, won better than 90 per cent of their international contests since 1939, repeatedly beaten U.S. all-stars at the avowed American national game, and reigned for more than half a century as undisputed champions of global baseball. In this ground-breaking book, expert Peter Bjarkman follows the full arc of Cuban baseball history, including close coverage of the nearly five decades since the Sugar Kings' ejection from the International League. Dispelling the mystery and disinformation that surround Cuba, its leader, and its teams, early and late, Bjarkman gives us the first truly balanced history of baseball on the Caribbean island.

Cuba s Baseball Defectors

In this book, Bjarkman places recent events—including the apparent thaw in US-Cuba relations—in the context of Cuban baseball history and tradition before delving into the stories of the major Cuban stars who have left the island.


Author: Peter C. Bjarkman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442247994

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 386

View: 503

The stellar play and fascinating backstories of exiled Cuban sluggers and hurlers in Major League Baseball (MLB) has become one of the biggest headlines in America's national pastime. On-field exploits by colorful Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, American League rookie-of-the-year José Abreu, home run derby champion Yoenis Céspedes, radar-gun busting Cincinnati fast-baller Aroldis Chapman, and a handful of others have been further enhanced by feel-good tales of desperate Cuban superstars risking their lives to escape Fidel Castro’s communist realm and chase a celebrated American Dream of financial and athletic success. But a truly ugly underbelly to this story has also slowly emerged, one that involves human smuggling operations financed by Miami crime syndicates, operated by Mexican drug cartels, and conveniently ignored by big league ball clubs endlessly searching for fresh waves of international talent. In Cuba’s Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story, Cuban baseball expert Peter C. Bjarkman reveals the complete truth behind the wave of Cuban big league talent coming to MLB. Given rare access to Cuba and its ballplayers, Bjarkman has spent over twenty years traveling to all corners of the island getting to know the top Cuban stars and witnessing their baseball struggles and triumphs. In this book, Bjarkman places recent events—including the apparent thaw in US-Cuba relations—in the context of Cuban baseball history and tradition before delving into the stories of the major Cuban stars who have left the island. He reveals the personal histories of these players, explains the events that led them to eventually choose defection from their homeland, and details their harrowing journeys to reach US shores and achieve baseball stardom. Players whose big league dreams failed are also discussed, as are Cuba’s recent efforts to stem the defection tide through working agreements with the Japanese and Mexican leagues. Unique in its balanced perspective of Cuban baseball and its star players, Cuba’s Baseball Defectors not only shares the author’s first-hand account of many previously misreported events, it also provides a view of the illegal smuggling of ballplayers from the perspective of Cuban baseball officials whose voices have often not been heard. With a conclusion outlining a likely scenario for future relations between Major League Baseball and the Cuban League, this book will fascinate baseball fans, those interested in the history of US-Cuba relations, and those wanting to learn more about the unsavory story of human trafficking in the name of baseball glory.

Fidel Castro and Baseball

This book chronicles the central role Castro played in transforming the sport from professional to amateur status in the small island country, which has produced dozens, if not hundreds, of baseball stars.


Author: Peter C. Bjarkman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538110317

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

View: 308

Baseball has been as much of a national pastime to Cuba as it has to the U.S., due in no small part to Fidel Castro’s love of the game. This book chronicles the central role Castro played in transforming the sport from professional to amateur status in the small island country, which has produced dozens, if not hundreds, of baseball stars.

The Oxford Handbook of Sports History

Studies Cuban baseball since the 1959 Revolution include Milton Jamail, Full Count: Inside Cuban Baseball (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000); Peter Bjarkman, A History of Cuban Baseball: 18642006 (Jefferson, ...


Author: Robert Edelman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199858927

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 908

Orwell was wrong. Sports are not "war without the shooting", nor are they "war by other means." To be sure sports have generated animosity throughout human history, but they also require rules to which the participants agree to abide before the contest. Among other things, those rules are supposed to limit violence, even death. More than anything else, sports have been a significant part of a historical "civilizing process." They are the opposite of war. As the historical profession has taken its cultural turn over the last few decades, scholars have turned their attention to subject once seen as marginal. As researchers have come to understand the centrality of the human body in human history, they have come to study this most corporeal of human activities. Taking early cues from physical educators and kinesiologists, historians have been exploring sports in all their forms in order to help us answer the most fundamental questions to which scholars have devoted their lives. We have now seen a veritable explosion excellent work on this subject, just as sports have assumed an even greater share of a globalizing world's cultural, political and economic space. Practiced by millions and watched by billions, sports provide an enormous share of content on the Internet. This volume combines the efforts of sports historians with essays by historians whose careers have been devoted to more traditional topics. We want to show how sports have evolved from ancient societies to the world we inhabit today. Our goal is to introduce those from outside this sub-field to this burgeoning body of scholarship. At the same time, we hope here to show those who may want to study sport with rigor and nuance how to embark on a rewarding journey and tackle profound matters that have affected and will affect all of humankind.

Sports Around the World

Baseball de Cuba. http://www.baseballdecuba.com. Bjarkman, P. C. 2007. A History of Cuban Baseball, 18642006. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. Bjarkman, P. C. 2011. Baseball's Other Big Red Machine: The History of the Cuban National Team.


Author: John Nauright

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598843002

Category: Social Science

Page: 1848

View: 362

This multivolume set is much more than a collection of essays on sports and sporting cultures from around the world: it also details how and why sports are played wherever they exist, and examines key charismatic athletes from around the world who have transcended their sports. * Nearly 900 entries cover most aspects of sport from around the world * Contributions from more than 200 distinguished scholars, such as Mark Dyreson, Henning Eichberg, Malcolm MacLean, S.W. Pope, and Rob Ruck * Entries on players, stadiums, arenas, famous games and matches, major scandals, and disasters * Lists of Olympic medalists for all events since 1896 as well as lists of winners of major events such as the FIFA World Cup and MLB World Series * Further reading selections provide direction for in-depth analysis of each event, sport, personality, or issue discussed

Historical Dictionary of Baseball

The College World Series: A Baseball History, 1947–2003. ... Tully, Gregory J. Nine College Nines: A Closeup View of Campus Baseball Programs Today. ... E. Cuba Bjarkman, Peter O. A History of Cuban Baseball, 18642006.


Author: Lyle Spatz

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810879546

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 504

View: 335

Dating back to 1869 as an organized professional sport, the game of baseball is not only the oldest professional sport in North America, but also symbolizes much more. Walt Whitman described it as “our game, the American game,” and George Will compared calling baseball “just a game” to the Grand Canyon being “just a hole.” Countless others have called baseball “the most elegant game,” and to those who have played it, it’s life. The Historical Dictionary of Baseball is primarily devoted to the major leagues it also includes entries on the minor leagues, the Negro Leagues, women’s baseball, baseball in various other countries, and other non-major league related topics. It traces baseball, in general, and these topics individually, from their beginnings up to the present. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 900 cross-referenced entries on the roles of the players on the field—batters, pitchers, fielders—as well as non-playing personnel—general managers, managers, coaches, and umpires. There are also entries for individual teams and leagues, stadiums and ballparks, the role of the draft and reserve clause, and baseball’s rules, and statistical categories. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the sport of baseball.

Last Seasons in Havana

The Castro Revolution and the End of Professional Baseball in Cuba César Brioso ... University Press, 2006. Bjarkman, Peter C. Baseball with a Latin Beat: A History of the Latin American Game. ... A History of Cuban Baseball, 18642006.


Author: César Brioso

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496205513

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 961

"Last Seasons in Havana" explores how Castro's rise to power forever altered the future of Cuba and the course of a sport that had been ingrained in the island's culture for almost a century"--

Who s on First

A complete listing of these crossover Cubans (those who served in both the big leagues and on the Blackball circuit) is provided in Chapter 6 of A History of Cuban Baseball, 1864-2006 (see page 134).


Author: Mark Z Aaron

Publisher: SABR, Inc.

ISBN: 9781933599908

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 422

View: 820

This is a book about baseball’s true “replacement players.” During the four seasons the U.S. was at war in World War II (1942-1945), 533 players made their major-league debuts. There were 67 first-time major leaguers under the age of 21 (Joe Nuxhall the youngest at 15 in 1944). More than 60 percent of the players in the 1941 Opening Day lineups departed for the service. The 1944 Dodgers had only Dixie Walker and Mickey Owen as the two regulars from their 1941 pennant-winning team. The owners brought in not only first-timers but also many oldsters. Hod Lisenbee pitched 80 innings for the Reds in 1945 at the age of 46. He had last pitched in the major leagues in 1936. War veteran and former POW Bert Shepard, with an artificial leg, pitched in one game for the 1945 Senators, and one-armed outfielder Pete Gray played for the St. Louis Browns. The war years featured firsts and lasts. The St. Louis Browns won their first (and last) pennant in 1944 — a feat made more amazing by the fact that they had not finished in the first division since 1929. The 1944 team featured 13 players classified as 4-F. The Chicago Cubs appeared in the 1945 World Series but have not made it back since. Some 53 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) have contributed to this volume. We invite you to sit back and relax as you learn Who's on First? Includes contributions by: Alan Cohen, Ashlie Christian And Armand Peterson, Bill Nowlin, Bob Brady, Bob Lemoine, Bob Mayer, Bob Webster, Charles Faber, Charlie Weatherby, Chris Rainey, Cort Vitty, David Finoli, David M. Jordan, David Raglin And Barb Mantegani, David W. Pugh, Don Zminda, Duke Goldman, Greg Erion, Gregg Omoth, Gregory H. Wolf, J. G. Preston, James D. Smith, Iii, Jay Hurd, Jeff Marlett, Jeff Obermeyer, Jim Sweetman, Joanne Hulbert, John Shannahan, Leslie Heaphy, Lyle Spatz, Marc Lancaster, Marc Z Aaron, Mark S. Sternman, Mel Marmer, Merrie A. Fidler, Michael Huber, Michael Huber And Rachel Hamelers, Mike Mcclary, Peter C. Bjarkman, Rex Hamann, Rich Bogovich, Richard Cuicchi, Richard Moraski, Rory Costello And Lou Hernández, Seamus Kearney, Sidney Davis, Steve Smith, Thomas Ayers, Tom Hawthorn, Walter Leconte Table of Contents: Introduction MARC Z AARON The Business of Baseball During World War II JEFF OBERMEYER “But Where is Pearl Harbor?” Baseball and the Day the World Changed, December 7, 1941 BOB LEMOINE The Tri-Cornered War Bond Baseball Game MICHAEL HUBER AND RACHEL HAMELERS NATIONAL LEAGUE Boston Braves How the Boston Braves Survived the War But Lost the Battle for Boston BOB BRADY Ben Cardoni BY MARK S. STERNMAN Buck Etchison BY ALAN COHEN Butch Nieman BY SIDNEY DAVIS Mystery Member of the ‘45 Braves BOB BRADY Brooklyn Dodgers The Brooklyn Dodgers in Wartime MICHAEL HUBER John “Fats” D’Antonio RICHARD CUICCHI Bill Hart BOB LEMOINE Lee Pfund BOB WEBSTER Chicago Cubs The Cubs in Wartime THOMAS AYERS Jorge Comellas RICH BOGOVICH Billy Holm BILL NOWLIN Walter Signer GREGORY H. WOLF Cincinnati Reds The Cincinnati Reds During World War II JAY HURD Tomás de la Cruz PETER C. BJARKMAN Buck Fausett J. G. PRESTON Dick Sipek CHARLES FABER New York Giants The New York Giants in Wartime BOB MAYER Al Gardella CHARLIE WEATHERBY Frank Seward JEFF MARLETT Roy Zimmerman JOANNE HULBERT Philadelphia Phillies The Phillies in Wartime SEAMUS KEARNEY Chet Covington STEVE SMITH Hilly Flitcraft JIM SWEETMAN Lee Riley MEL MARMER Pittsburgh Pirates The Pirates in Wartime DAVID FINOLI Xavier Rescigno DAVID FINOLI Len Gilmore DAVID FINOLI Frankie Zak DAVID FINOLI St. Louis Cardinals The Cardinals in Wartime GREGORY H. WOLF Jack Creel GREGORY H. WOLF Gene Crumling GREGORY H. WOLF Bob Keely GREGORY H. WOLF AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston Red Sox The Red Sox in Wartime BILL NOWLIN Otey Clark BILL NOWLIN Ty LaForest BILL NOWLIN Stan Partenheimer JOHN SHANNAHAN The Frostbite League: Spring Training 1943 - 1945 BILL NOWLIN The 1944 Red Sox: What Could Have Been DUKE GOLDMAN Chicago White Sox The White Sox in Wartime DON ZMINDA Vince Castino DAVID RAGLIN AND BARB MANTEGANI Guy Curtright DON ZMINDA Floyd Speer REX HAMANN Cleveland Indians World War II and the Cleveland Indians DAVID W. PUGH Otto Denning CHRIS RAINEY Jim McDonnell ASHLIE CHRISTIAN AND ARMAND PETERSON Mickey Rocco GREGG OMOTH Detroit Tigers The Tigers in Wartime MIKE MCCLARY Chuck Hostetler MARC LANCASTER Bobby Maier MARC LANCASTER Charlie Metro TOM HAWTHORN New York Yankees The Yankees in Wartime MARC Z AARON Joe Buzas MARC Z AARON Mike Garbark MARC Z AARON Bud Metheny MARC Z AARON Philadelphia Athletics The Wartime Philadelphia Athletics DAVID M. JORDAN Orie Arntzen GREGORY H. WOLF Jim Tyack ALAN COHEN Woody Wheaton ALAN COHEN St. Louis Browns The St. Louis Browns in World War II GREG ERION Milt Byrnes GREG ERION Charley Fuchs GREG ERION Pete Gray MEL MARMER Washington Senators The Washington Senators in Wartime RICHARD MORASKI Ed Butka CORT VITTY Jug Thesenga BOB LEMOINE Tony Zardón RORY COSTELLO AND LOU HERNÁNDEZ Senators Who Died in Combat RICHARD MORASKI OTHER ESSAYS The All-Star Games in the War Years LYLE SPATZ Wartime Baseball: Minor Leagues, Major Changes (San Diego to Buffalo) JAMES D. SMITH, III Impact of WWII on the Negro Leagues LESLIE HEAPHY Baseball’s Women on the Field During WWII MERRIE A. FIDLER In-season Exhibition Games During Wartime WALTER LECONTE The Double Victory Campaign and the Campaign to Integrate Baseball DUKE GOLDMAN

Cuban Studies 39

''Privatization of State-Owned Agricultural Enterprises in Post-Transition Cuba.'' Problems of Post-Communism 53, no. 6 (November–December 2006): 30–45. ... Bjarkman, Peter C. A History of Cuban Baseball, 18642006.


Author: Louis A. Perez, Jr.

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 9780822971207

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 638

Cuban Studies 39 includes essays on: the recent transformation of the Cuban film animation industry; the influence of the liberal agenda of Justo Rufino Barrios on Jose Mart; a profile of the music of the Special Period and its social commentary; an in-depth examination of the contents, important themes, and enormous research potential of the Miscelnea de Expedientes collection at the Cuban National Archive; and a realistic assessment on the political future of Cuba.

The Integration of Major League Baseball

Dewey and Acocella, The Biographical History of Baseball, p. 315. 52. ... Brad Snyder, A Well-Paid Slave (New York: Viking, 2006), p. 53, 37. Golenbock, The Spirit of St. ... Bjarkman, A History of Cuban Baseball, 18642006, p. 137. 2.


Author: Rick Swaine

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786453344

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 279

View: 958

This book is a record of the men and events, team by team, during Major League Baseball's integration. It focuses especially on the owners, executives and managers who were the heroes, villains or spectators of integration, and it sheds new light on the unheralded champions of integration and on those whose culpability has so far been overlooked. Individual chapters cover each of baseball's integration-era teams, and a final chapter covers expansion teams of the 1960s. Each team's responsible individuals are examined, its acquisition, deployment and treatment of black players documented, and the effect of its integration actions on team performance analyzed. Appendices provide populations of integration-era Major League cities, first black players by team, first black players in various minor leagues, rosters of black players by team, a timeline of black player milestones, and a list of black All-Star selections through 1969.

Early Black Baseball in Minnesota

In Journal of African American History. Washington: Association for the Study of African American Life and History, January 2002. Bjarkman, Peter C. A History of Cuban Baseball 18642006. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2007. Brown, Dee.


Author: Todd Peterson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786457526

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 313

View: 949

Though they played in the years before Rube Foster formed the first Negro League, the St. Paul Gophers and their bitter crosstown rivals, the Minneapolis Keystones, had the talent, bench depth, and determination to rival many of those later, better known teams. (The Gophers, in fact, beat Chicago’s celebrated Leland Giants in 1909, laying claim to blackball’s western championship.) Focusing on these two clubs, author Peterson lays out the early history of African American baseball in the Upper Midwest. Included are new statistics and more than 50 rarely seen photographs.

The Reshaping of America s Game

Bjarkman, Peter C. Cuba's Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. ———. A History of Cuban Baseball, 18642006. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2017. Bjarkman, Peter C., and Bill Nowlin, eds.


Author: Bryan Soderholm-Difatte

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538145968

Category: Baseball

Page: 240

View: 476

The Reshaping of America's Game describes the major developments and challenges that took place in Major League Baseball during the 25-plus years following the players' strike, including cheating scandals, steroids, analytics, and changing demographics.

Havana Hardball

Havana Hardball captures the excitement of the Cuban League's greatest pennant race and the anticipation of the looming challenge to MLB's color barrier.


Author: César Brioso


ISBN: 0813061164

Category: History

Page: 301

View: 913

"An in-depth look at a pivotal time in baseball history."--Lou Hernandez, author of Baseball's Great Hispanic Pitchers "Set against the backdrop of Old Havana, Cesar Brioso has given us an insightful, often loving ode to a memorable season when baseball's past and future came together."--Tim Wendel, author of Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball, and America, Forever "Long before the true Gold Age of Cuban baseball marked by the most recent quarter-century, there was also an era of pre-revolutionary professional winter league action housed in Havana. Brioso brings much of that lost 'other' Cuban baseball back to life."--Peter C. Bjarkman, author of A History of Cuban Baseball, 1864-2006 "A must read for baseball enthusiasts. Recounts the travels of Cuban ballplayers, the particular plight of black Cubans and African Americans, and the triumphs and travails of Cuba's professional leagues."--Adrian Burgos Jr., author of Cuban Star: How One Negro-League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball In February 1947, the most memorable season in the history of the Cuban League finished with a dramatic series win by Almendares against its rival, Habana. As the celebration spread through the streets of Havana and across Cuba, the Brooklyn Dodgers were beginning spring training on the island. One of the Dodgers' minor league players was Jackie Robinson. He was on the verge of making his major-league debut in the United States, an event that would fundamentally change sports--and America. To avoid harassment from the white crowds in Florida during this critical preseason, the Dodgers relocated their spring training to Cuba, where black and white teammates had played side by side since 1900. It was also during this time that Major League Baseball was trying its hardest to bring the "outlaw" Cuban League under the control of organized baseball. As the Cubans fought to stay independent, Robinson worked to earn a roster spot on the Dodgers in the face of discrimination from his future teammates. Havana Hardball captures the excitement of the Cuban League's greatest pennant race and the anticipation of the looming challenge to MLB's color barrier. Illuminating one of the sport's most pivotal seasons, veteran journalist Cesar Brioso brings together a rich mix of worlds as the heyday of Latino baseball converged with one of the most socially meaningful events in U.S. history. Cesar Brioso is a digital producer and former baseball editor for USA TODAY Sports. In his 25 years as a sports journalist, he has written for the Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel."

Negro Leaguers and the Hall of Fame

Bjarkman, Peter C. A History of Cuban Baseball, 18642006. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007. Black, Joe. Ain't Nobody Better Than You. Scottsdale, AZ: Ironwood Lithographers, 1983. Bruce, Janet. The Kansas City Monarchs: Champions of ...


Author: Steven R. Greenes

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476672687

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 280

View: 910

Since 1971, 35 Negro League baseball players and executives have been admitted to the Hall of Fame. The Negro League Hall of Fame admissions process, which has now been conducted in four phases over a 50-year period, can be characterized as idiosyncratic at best. Drawing on baseball analytics and surveys of both Negro League historians and veterans, this book presents an historical overview of NLHOF voting, with an evaluation of whether the 35 NL players selected were the best choices. Using modern metrics such as Wins Above Replacement (WAR), 24 additional Negro Leaguers are identified who have Hall of Fame qualifications. Brief biographies are included for HOF-quality players and executives who have been passed over, along with reasons why they may have been excluded. A proposal is set forth for a consistent and orderly HOF voting process for the Negro Leagues.

Finding Baseball s Next Clemente Combating Scandal in Latino Recruiting

Baseball with a Latin Beat. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1994. Bjarkman, Peter. A History of Cuban Baseball, 18642006. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007. Breslin, Jimmy. Branch Rickey. New York: Viking, Penguin Group, 2011.


Author: Roger Bruns

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440830341

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

View: 989

This book examines what it takes for Latino youngsters to beat the odds, overcoming cultural and racial barriers—and a corrupt recruitment system—to play professional baseball in the United States. • Provides a historical overview of the increasing numbers of Latin Americans in Major League Baseball and its minor league system • Details the corrupt recruitment system in several Latin American countries that, in most cases, leads aspiring youngsters on a fruitless quest for a professional baseball contract • Highlights the careers of players, especially Roberto Clemente, who became role models for young Latin American players • Offers a brief history of the origin of baseball in Latin American countries, drawing on unique documentary material from the National Archives • Uses recent, first-person interviews to share examples of how some individuals and institutions are attempting to reform the system


Bjarkman, Peter C. Baseball with a Latin Beat. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1994. ——. A History of Cuban Baseball 18642006. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007. Brown, David H. Santería Enthroned: Art, Ritual, and Innovation in an Afro-Cuban ...


Author: Mark Kurlansky

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781632863935

Category: Travel

Page: 272

View: 115

A city of tropical heat, sweat, ramshackle beauty, and its very own cadence--a city that always surprises--Havana is brought to pulsing life by New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky. Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana: the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than thirty years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, Havana celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball, and food; its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures. Like all great cities, Havana has a rich history that informs the vibrant place it is today--from the native Taino to Columbus's landing, from Cuba's status as a U.S. protectorate to Batista's dictatorship and Castro's revolution, from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism. Havana is a place of extremes: a beautifully restored colonial city whose cobblestone streets pass through areas that have not been painted or repaired since long before the revolution. Kurlansky shows Havana through the eyes of Cuban writers, such as Alejo Carpentier and José Martí, and foreigners, including Graham Greene and Hemingway. He introduces us to Cuban baseball and its highly opinionated fans; the city's music scene, alive with the rhythm of Son; its culinary legacy. Through Mark Kurlansky's multilayered and electrifying portrait, the long-elusive city of Havana comes stirringly to life.

Sociological Perspectives on Sport

Bjarkman, P.C. A History of Cuban Baseball, 18642006. Jefferson: McFarland & Co, 2007. Brettell, C.B. 'Adjustment of Status, Remittances and Returns: Some Observations on 21st Century Migration Processes'. City & Society 19, no.


Author: David Karen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317973942

Category: Social Science

Page: 634

View: 871

Sociological Perspectives on Sport: The Games Outside the Games seeks not only to inform students about the sports world but also to offer them analytical skills and the application of theoretical perspectives that deepen their awareness and understanding of social processes linking sports to the larger social world. With six original framing essays linking sport to a variety of topics, including race, class, gender, media, politics, deviance, and globalization, and 37 reprinted articles, this text/reader sets a new standard for excellence in teaching sports and society.

The United States and the World

A recent example is the case of the popular baseball veteran Tommy Lasorda, who framed his ideas about the USA's position ... Bjarkman, Peter C. 2007. A History of Cuban Baseball, 18642006. Jefferson: McFarland. Boswell, Thomas. 2006.


Author: Andrzej Mania

Publisher: Wydawnictwo UJ

ISBN: 9788323382805

Category: Diplomatic and consular service, American

Page: 364

View: 302

The conference “The United States and the World: from Imitation to Challenge” was meant to gather those interested in various aspects of the mutual connections between the United States and the world. It concentrated on the problem of the model of American democracy, the presidential system, American politics, American society, American culture and the world's reflections about them from imitation to challenge. For this, there was an invitation to scholars from many research fields: political science, philosophy, law, culture studies, economy, and sociology. It was a result of our vision of American Studies as an interdisciplinary effort. And so, thanks to the rich and diverse approaches of the participants, our vision turned out to be true. The effect of the conference is reflected in the contributions that follow in this volume and in the rich, interdisciplinary debate over the American impact on the world, integration in Pax Americana and patterns of integration in other parts of the world, different and/or similar approaches to challenges to international order, and last but not least the issue of continuity and change in politics. Here one also needs to mention the ever-present debate on the American “export” of values: separation of church and state, human rights, the idea of sovereignty, the rule of separation of powers, modern federalism, democratization approaches, Americanism, American Studies dilemmas, American exceptionalism, uniqueness in contemporary American society, and patterns in foregin policy

Prizefighting and Civilization

A Cultural History of Boxing, Race, and Masculinity in Mexico and Cuba, 1840-1940 David C. LaFevor. Bartra, Roger. ... La Revolución: Mexico's Great Revolution As Memory, Myth & History. ... A History of Cuban Baseball, 18642006.


Author: David C. LaFevor

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

ISBN: 9780826361592

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 818

In Prizefighting and Civilization: A Cultural History of Boxing, Race, and Masculinity in Mexico and Cuba, 1840–1940, historian David C. LaFevor traces the history of pugilism in Mexico and Cuba from its controversial beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century through its exponential rise in popularity during the early twentieth century. A divisive subculture that was both a profitable blood sport and a contentious public spectacle, boxing provides a unique vantage point from which LaFevor examines the deeper historical evolution of national identity, everyday normative concepts of masculinity and race, and an expanding and democratizing public sphere in both Mexico and Cuba, the United States’ closest Latin American neighbors. Prizefighting and Civilization explores the processes by which boxing—once considered an outlandish purveyor of low culture—evolved into a nationalized pillar of popular culture, a point of pride that transcends gender, race, and class.

Cuban Baseball Legends

Profiled in this book: Aquino Abreu by Peter C. Bjarkman Rafael Almeida by Zack Moser Santos Amaro by Rory Costello Sandy (Edmundo) Amorós by Rory Costello Steve (Estebán) Bellán by Brian McKenna Ramón Bragaña by Lou Hernandez Bert ...


Author: Peter C. Bjarkman

Publisher: Society for American Baseball Research

ISBN: 1943816247

Category: Sports & Recreation

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Minnie Minoso. Martin Dihigo. Luis Tiant Sr. and Jr. "El Duque" Orlando and Livan Hernadez. These are only a few of the leading lights profiled in this SABR BioProject book. The 47 individuals profiled here represent only a small handful of the legions of memorable and sometimes even legendary figures produced over nearly a century and a half by an island nation where the bat-and-ball sport known as baseball is more than a national pastime, it is the national passion. The book presents 47 biographies in all, plus essays on Cuban baseball. Profiled in this book: Aquino Abreu by Peter C. Bjarkman Rafael Almeida by Zack Moser Santos Amaro by Rory Costello Sandy (Edmundo) Amoros by Rory Costello Steve (Esteban) Bellan by Brian McKenna Ramon Bragana by Lou Hernandez Bert (Dagoberto) Campaneris by Rich Schabowski Jose Cardenal by Ray Birch Paul Casanova by Rory Costello and Jose Ramirez Sandy (Sandalio) Consuegra by Rory Costello Mike (Miguel) Cuellar by Adam Ulrey Tommie (Tomas) de la Cruz by Peter C. Bjarkman Martin Dihigo by Peter C. Bjarkman Pedro Formental by Tom Hawthorn Mike (Miguel) Fornieles by Thomas Ayers Barbaro Garbey by Doug Hill Silvio Garcia by Joe Gerard Mike (Miguel Angel) Gonzalez by Joe Gerard Tony Gonzalez by Rory Costello and Jose Ramirez Mike (Fermin) Guerra by Bill Nowlin El Duque (Orlando) Hernandez and Livan Hernandez by Peter C. Bjarkman Mike (Ramon) Herrera by Bill Nowlin Pancho Herrera by Jose Ramirez Omar Linares by Peter C. Bjarkman Dolf (Adolfo) Luque by Peter C. Bjarkman Bobby Maduro by Rory Costello Connie (Conrado) Marrero by Peter C. Bjarkman Armando Marsans by Eric Enders Rogelio Martinez by Rory Costello Roman Mejias by Ron Briley, Rory Costello, and Bill Nowlin Jose de la Caridad Mendez by Peter C. Bjarkman Minnie (Orestes) Minoso by Mark Stewart Willy (Guillermo) Miranda by Rory Costello Julio Moreno by Rory Costello Tony Oliva by Peter C. Bjarkman Alejandro Oms by John Struth Camilo Pascual by Peter C. Bjarkman Tony (Tani) Perez by Phil Cola Pedro Ramos by Peter C. Bjarkman Cookie (Octavio) Rojas by Peter M. Gordon Chico Ruiz by Rory Costello Jose Tartabull by Joanne Hulbert Tony Taylor by Rory Costello and Jose Ramirez Luis Tiant Jr.by Mark Armour Luis Tiant Sr. by Rory Costello Cristobal Torriente by Peter C. Bjarkman Zoilo Versalles by Peter C. Bjarkman"