Rough Diamonds

A History of South African Baseball

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About the Book

Starting in the late 19th century, South African baseball has established a fascinating and multi-layered history. Initially established by a small group of dedicated pioneers, the sport benefitted from the collective contributions of a diverse and multi-national group of enthusiasts and opponents, including sailors, cricketers, missionaries, activists, businessmen and bureaucrats. Established at a time of social segregation, the South African game eventually developed into a system of legislated racism under apartheid. Through its willing participation in official race-based events, the sport was stripped of its innocence, and South Africa was formally expelled from the world game, only to be readmitted in 1992 following the country’s slow transition to democracy. This book presents the full history of South African baseball, from its inception, to its liberation from apartheid. Based on extensive archival research, this is the first integrated history of South African baseball’s eventful past.

About the Author(s)

Hendrik Snyders is an experienced sports historian and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and is the author of several books. He is also a research associate at Free State University and an honorary research fellow at the National Museum, Bloemfontein in South Africa.

Bibliographic Details

Hendrik Snyders
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, glossary, bibliography, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9113-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5386-0
Imprint: McFarland