The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/5/2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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"A fantastic social history" from the author of Saltand Cod(USA Today) In the Dominican Republic town of San Pedro de MacorÝs, baseball is often seen as the only way to a better life. For those who make it, the million-dollar paychecks from Major League Baseball mean that not only they, but their entire families as well, have been saved from grinding poverty. The successful few set an example that dazzles the neighbors they left behind. But for the majority, this dream is illusory. In The Eastern Stars, New York Timesbestselling author Mark Kurlansky reveals the connection between two countries' love affair with a sport, and the remarkable journey of impoverished San Pedro and its baseball players-including Rico Carty, Albert Pujols, Robinson Canˇ, Sammy Sosa, and Alfonso Soriano-who have sought freedom from poverty through playing ball.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Like the Trace of a Kissp. 17
The First Questionp. 39
The Question of Firstp. 57
Who's on Firstp. 67
The First Openingp. 81
San Pedro Risingp. 99
Draft Dodgingp. 115
The Fourth Incarnation of San Pedrop. 141
The City of Baseballp. 169
Three Three-Brother Familiesp. 201
The Curse of the Eastern Starsp. 225
San Pedro's Black Eyep. 235
Fickle Judgment from the Peanut Galleryp. 257
The First Eighty-six: Major League Baseball Players from San Pedro de MacorÝsp. 271
A Dominican Chronologyp. 309
Acknowledgmentsp. 315
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 321
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