April 5, 2011
April 5, 2011
"A fantastic social history" from the author of Salt and Cod (USA Today)
In the Dominican Republic town of San Pedro de Macorís, baseball is often seen as the only way to a better life. For those who make it, the million-dollar paychecks from Major League Baseball mean that not only they, but their entire families as well, have been saved from grinding poverty. The successful few set an example that dazzles the neighbors they left behind. But for the majority, this dream is illusory.
In The Eastern Stars, New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky reveals the connection between two countries' love affair with a sport, and the remarkable journey of impoverished San Pedro and its baseball players-including Rico Carty, Albert Pujols, Robinson Canó, Sammy Sosa, and Alfonso Soriano-who have sought freedom from poverty through playing ball.
Fans of America's pastime will argue for New York, Boston, or Chicago as the center of the baseball universe, but Mark Kurlansky presents a convincing argument that San Pedro de Macoris, a relatively small town in the Dominican Republic, holds a stronger claim to the title. With a population hovering around 300,000, San Pedro de Macoris has produced an astounding 79 major league baseball players (as of 2010), and now draws scouts from around the world to watch its Little League games, hoping to spot the next Pedro Guerrero, Julio Franco, Robinson Canó, or Sammy Sosa. The ever expansive Kurlansky investigates this phenomenon with his usual insight and gusto, nicely specifying how big, ambiguous concepts such as history, economy, opportunity, philanthropy, talent, and chance have converged within this impoverished sugar town to initiate a snowball effect of baseball aptitude, whereby the kids in San Pedro de Macoris today often have better coaching and facilities than children in the U.S.
- Genre: History, Sports + Recreation
- Subgenre: Caribbean + West Indies / General, Baseball / General
- Language: English
- Author: Mark Kurlansky
- Online Item #: 13306865
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-62-0871
- ISBN: 9781594485053
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported