Book , Print in English

Growing the game : the globalization of major league baseball

Alan M. Klein.
  • New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2006.
  • viii, 279 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects
Summary
  • "Growing the Game shows how baseball has been changing in recent years and offers the first detailed look at a sport in the process of globalizing. Alan Klein shows the international activities of individual teams, as well as the overall strategies of the Commissioner's Office, and examines the ways in which Major League Baseball operates on a world stage." "The origins of baseball's efforts to globalize are complex, stemming as much from decreasing opportunities at home as from promise abroad. The book chronicles attempts to develop the game outside the United States, how large-revenue teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers and small-revenue clubs like the Kansas City Royals recruit international talent, and the ways baseball has been growing in other countries. The author concludes with an assessment of the factors that may inhibit or promote baseball's progress toward globalization, offering thoughtful proposals to ensure the health and growth of the game in the United States and abroad."--Jacket.
Contents
  • Introduction
  • The crisis at the core
  • The Kansas City Royals : shopping without a credit card
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers : bright lights, big market
  • The Dominican Republic : fishing where the fish are
  • Japan : emerging from the feudal eclipse
  • Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom : the European backwater
  • South Africa : baseball and the new politics
  • When will there be a real world series?
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-274) and index.
ISBN
  • 0300110456
  • 9780300110456
  • 0300136390
  • 9780300136395
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2006001945
  • OCLC: 63178892
  • OCLC: 63178892