Categories Archives: Book Reviews

Why Are Star Players Defecting?

When I was looking for a good book to read around this time last year, I happened to also hear about (and soon thereafter, befriend) former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles GM Marty Kuehnert. I checked his site, saw that he had written a bunch of books, and f

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Hanshin Tigers: 1965-1978

In a way, the book title says it all – this is a complete summary of the Hanshin Tigers’ 1965 through 1978 seasons. But actually, it starts the tale in the fall of 1958, when the team signed the best pitcher in its history – Minoru Muray

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You Need This Book!

Wayne Graczyk’s Japan Pro Ball Media Guide Those of you out there who follow Japanese baseball in English have probably heard the name Wayne Graczyk. And if you’ve heard his name, you’ve probably also heard about his tragic passing last

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Katsuya Nomura – Thinking Baseball

Having read only one Katsuya Nomura book prior to this one (and not liking it much), I picked this one up only because of the man’s reputation as a great thinking player and manager. His obnoxious octogenarian rants, I can do without. Well, this book co

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Norihiro Akahoshi – The Decision

Last year, I had the pleasure (and sometimes pain) of digging deep into team history to learn about some of the all-time greats. The fruits of my labor are an entire section of the website dedicated to legendary players and elite (and notorious) imports.

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Book Review – White Ball Crosses the Pacific

My worst subject in school was history. By a long shot. I could memorize the numbers and dates without a problem, but I couldn’t get excited about what people did centuries before I was born. Masaru Ikei’s book 白球太平洋を渡る (White

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