SLUGGING IT OUT IN JAPAN ~ : An American Major Leaguer in the Tokyo Outfield
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|Title||SLUGGING IT OUT IN JAPAN ~ : An American Major Leaguer in the Tokyo Outfield|
|author||Warren Cromartie , Robert Whiting|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publisher||Kodansha Amer Inc|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Cromartie, a appropriate baseball amateur who became a superstar beyond the Pacific, and Whiting, a able baseball biographer (You Gotta Have Wa, etc.), amalgamate on a bold attending at baseball, Japanese style. The ex-Montreal Expo was addled back he landed at Tokyo's Narita Airport in 1984 to the effusive greeting of his new boss: ``You are our messiah.'' It didn't assignment out that way at first. Cromartie slumped-until a batting assignment from administrator Sadharu Oh set him straight. Soon he was afire up the alliance during the aboriginal of seven baroque seasons culminating in a Japanese MVP. Cromartie sketches in his American background-poor childhood, ancestral astriction (he is black), nine seasons in the Show-but the abstract actuality flows f rom the affray amid American and Japanese baseball sensibilities. We've heard it all before-the adamant conformity, the all-embracing workouts, the animadversion by coaches, the attraction with ``spirit,'' the biased columnist coverage, the xenophobia-in Whiting's ablaze beforehand accounts of besoburu, but the weirdness, to American eyes, of Japanese baseball takes on new activity back filtered through Cromartie's electric narrative. The man is aboveboard (he fills us in on the difficulties of urinating in Japanese locker rooms, the charms of Japanese groupies), affronted (mostly about the racism of the Japanese, who boycott their greatest player, Sadaharu Oh, for actuality half-Chinese), acceptable (in his acclaim of Oh, for instance), consistently exciting. Banzai!
Black, headstrong, and opinionated, Warren Cromartie hardly seemed the likelychoice to play baseball in Japan. He was a loner. He was also a slugger. During his fifth year with the Tokyo Giants he was named most valuable player, and his teammates voted unanimously that he not retire. This is the triumphantstory of Cro's sometimes angry, sometimes humorous, introduction to the Japanese way of doing things; the values and idiosyncrasies which are a part of the Japan of today.
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