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

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

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"A fantastic social history" from the author of Salt and Cod (USA Today)

In the Dominican Republic town of San Pedro de Macorís, 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 Times bestselling 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 Canó, Sammy Sosa, and Alfonso Soriano-who have sought freedom from poverty through playing ball.
Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including The Food of a Younger Land, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; and The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell. He lives in New York City.
Product Details ISBN: 9781594485053
ISBN-10: 1594485054
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: April 5th, 2011
Pages: 352
Language: English