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978-0-02-627661-0 / 0026276615

You Gotta Have Wa: When Two Cultures Collide on the Baseball Diamond

by Whiting, Robert

Publisher:Macmillan Pub Co

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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A hilarious, informative, and riveting account of Japanese baseball and the cultural clashes that ensued when Americans began playing there professionally.

In Japan, baseball is a way of life. It is a philosophy. It is besuboru. Its most important element is wagroup harmonyembodied in the proverb "The nail that sticks up shall be hammered down." In this witty and incisive book, Robert Whiting gives us a close-up look at besuboru's teams, obsessive ritualism, and history, as seen through the eyes of American players who found the Japanese approachrigorous pregame practices, the tolerance for tie games, injured pitchers encouraged to pitch through the paincompletely baffling. With vivid accounts of East meeting West, involving Babe Ruth, Ichiro Suzuki, Bobby Valentine, Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh, and many others, this lively and completely unique book is an utter gem and baseball classic.

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