Baseball in Europe

A Country by Country History


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About the Book

Many are aware that baseball’s European ancestry stretches back centuries, but few realize just how extensive the modern game’s history is on the Continent and British Isles. Baseball as we recognize it has been played there since the 1870s, and in several countries the players and devoted followers have included royalty, Hall of Famers from the U.S. major leagues, and captains of industry.
Organized by country, this heavily researched book delves into the history of baseball in 40 nations, describing not only the efforts to spread the game but also the culture of baseball unique to Europe. Appendices cover topics from major leaguers who have played in European domestic leagues to a glossary of baseball terms in seven European languages.

About the Author(s)

Josh Chetwynd is an award winning journalist who has served as a staff reporter for USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter and U.S. News & World Report. A former professional baseball player in the United Sates and Europe, he broadcasted baseball in the United Kingdom on both television for Channel Five and on radio for the BBC. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

Bibliographic Details

Josh Chetwynd
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 344
Bibliographic Info: 77 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3724-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5175-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Preface      1

Introduction      3

1. The Netherlands      13

2. Italy      37

3. Spain      60

4. Belgium      74

5. Great Britain      86

6. Germany      109

7. Russia (and the Soviet Union)      127

8. Sweden      143

9. France      157

10. Czech Republic      173

11. Croatia      186

12. The Rest of Europe: A–K      197

13. The Rest of Europe: L–Z      214

14. European Baseball Championships      233

Appendix 1: A Brief History of European Baseball’s Governing Body      259

Appendix 2: Player Participation in Europe      261

Appendix 3: Medals at the European Baseball Championships      263

Appendix 4: European Club Competitions      264

Appendix 5: European Countries in World Events      266

Appendix 6: Country-by-country National Champions and Federations      270

Appendix 7: European-born Major Leaguers      284

Appendix 8: Major Leaguers in European Domestic Baseball Leagues      293

Appendix 9: International Glossary of Baseball Terms      300

Chapter Notes      307

Bibliography      319

Index      323

Book Reviews & Awards

“impressive…scrupulously and thoroughly documented…an excellent research tool as well an informative and entertaining read…this book will be the definitive work on European baseball for seasons to come”—Booklist; “very little else has been written on this subject, so Chetwynd’s excellent overview is welcome indeed. Highly recommended”—Choice; “a one-of-a-kind book”—Library Journal; “a well-written, highly informed, carefully researched, and scrupulously documented addition to international baseball scholarship…. [T]his book will be the definitive work on European baseball for seasons to come.”—Nine; “while the book’s usefulness as a reference resource should not be underestimated, it serves equally as a fine read. In short: buy it, enjoy reading it from cover to cover, and then find it a space on your most easily accessible bookshelf”—BaseballGB; “fascinating”—Chicago Tribune; “unrivaled in its description of baseball’s presence on the other side of the Atlantic…definitive”—The Guardian; “a comprehensive, handy reference guide to everything you need to know about America’s Pastime on the Old Continent”—; “good read…covers the history of baseball in over 40 European countries”—Toronto Sun.