Author Name Assoc. Prof. Alan M. Klein
Title Sugarball The American Game the Dominican Dream Alan Klein Baseball Dominican Republic
Book Condition Used: Good
Jacket Condition Used: Good
Publisher Yale University Press 1991-03-27
ISBN Number 0300048734 / 9780300048735
Seller ID 120602008
This hardcover book was published in 1991 by Yale University Press with 196 pages. The text is unmarked except for a small ink mark on pages 120-121. The binding is sound. The dust jacket is unclipped and has one small closed tear.There are some players names written on the first free end paper and a note on the rear free end paper. In the Dominican Republic baseball is not only a game but a national obsession. Exported from the United States and still controlled by it, the game is also an arena of intercultural relations. "Sugarball" describes how Dominican baseball fosters national pride and competition with the United States while at the same time promoting acceptance of the North American presence in the country. Alam M.Klein traces the introduction and development of baseball in the Dominican Republic, provides sketches of fans, stadiums, and players, and discusses such issues as the origin of the Dominican baseball academies and the international competition for Dominican players. Throughout, he evokes the enthusiam that Dominicans have for the game and shows how it mirrors the conflict they feel between allowing and resisting American hegemony in their country. Klein relates the efforts of major league teams to seek talent in the Dominican Republic and shape the game to suit their own purposes - efforts that resemble other exploitative enterprises in the Third World. These activities evoke little resentment, because for many Dominican young men baseball is the only way out of a life of unemployment or of hard labour in cities or cane fields. At the same time, their prowess at baseball encourages the Dominicans to oppose further interference from the Americans.