Local books: “Baseball Without Borders”

Essays show baseball an international hit

Can’t wait for the baseball season to begin? Then it is the perfect time to read about baseball.

Union College anthropology professor George Gmelch returns to the game in his latest book, “Baseball Without Borders: The International Pastime” (University of Nebraska Press; 326 pages; $19.95).

The collection of essays Gmelch edited aims to expand Americans’ understanding of baseball by showing how it has been adopted in 14 countries, and not just the usual suspects like Japan and Cuba, but also unexpected places such as Holland, Italy and Australia.

“The essays are diverse not only in the cultures they describe,” Gmelch writes in the introduction, “but also in the perspectives adopted by their authors who range from anthropologists to historians, from journalists to English professors, with a few independent scholars as well.”

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