The Chrysanthemum and the Bat: The Game Japanese Play

By Robert Whiting

During this, the 1st booklet in acclaimed journalist Robert Whiting's trilogy on jap baseball — "The Chrysanthemum and the Bat" (1977), "You Gotta Have Wa" (1989) and "The which means of Ichiro" (2004) — Whiting introduces readers to the attention-grabbing postwar improvement of the yankee hobby in Japan.

From the dominance of the Yomiuri Giants and their historical past of stars (home-run king Sadaharu Oh, 400-game-winner Masaichi Kaneda, batting artist Shigeo Nagashima) to the inflow of getting older overseas imports (trailblazer Wally Yonamine, slugger Frank Howard, former Yankees standout Clete Boyer), "The Chrysanthemum and the Bat" is ready the head-on assembly of eastern and American worth platforms, and the thrill and frustrations which consequence — either at the box, and stale.

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I see. that's whatever i'm going to need to take into consideration. I comprehend his considering. inform him to be prepared if i would like him, at any expense. INT: the executive says he is familiar with your feeling, and says he'll think again his request. He appreciates your cooperation and asks you to organize your self if he wishes you this night. AMER: (Calming down) certain. Any time. you'll comprehend why many americans are looking to play in Japan. The sky-high (tax-free) salaries with “benefits,” the inordinate kindness jap bathe on international site visitors, and the thrill of the Orient are all sturdy the reason why a fading American ballplayer may well leap at a suggestion from a eastern staff.

The hulking foreigner lashes the 1st pitches thrown to him thoroughly out of the stadium, yet foul via inches. The younger jap hurler has been introduced in to pitch aid within the 9th inning to guard a one-run lead. He retired the 1st males to stand him, yet after now giving up close to domestic runs to this beast within the batter’s field, he turns out reluctant to pitch back. status by myself at the mound, he appears childlike and fragile. He stares on the titanic, leering determine and pales. His knees start to shake and he wonders if he has the power to throw one other pitch.

He has to be loopy. I’ve by no means struck out deliberately in my lifestyles and I’m now not approximately to begin now. If he wishes me to strike out, then inform him to not placed me within the online game. I’ve by no means heard whatever so silly. INT: (Ahem) He says that he thinks it's very tricky to strike out deliberately. And that maybe there may well he different avid gamers at the crew who may do it higher than he. MGR: Hmmm. I see. that's whatever i'll need to take into consideration. I comprehend his pondering. inform him to be prepared if i want him, at any cost.

I feel I earned their recognize, yet I additionally misplaced 10 kilos. ” usually the yank unearths that loneliness and isolation are very genuine difficulties. the one one he can check with is the opposite gaijin at the crew. There are eastern gamers who be aware of a few English, yet no longer adequate to truly lend a sympathetic ear. Dick Stuart, who came around as a bachelor and was once for a time the single gaijin at the Taiyo Whales, summed up the emotions of many an American participant whilst he stated: “The jap have been super great and courteous to me, yet to reside by myself in another country used to be an adjustment I simply couldn’t make.

The more youthful Shoriki proficient Frick that the Yomiuri Giants had received the 1965 Japan championship handily with a staff of all eastern avid gamers. Toru prompt the concept be authorised, if basically since it was once his getting older father’s dream to have a true international sequence. Frick, who used to be at the verge of retiring, agreed to soak up the japanese idea on the 1965 iciness assembly of group proprietors. although, the belief was once greeted with little enthusiasm. whilst Frick introduced his retirement and a brand new commissioner, William Eckert, used to be chosen, Shoriki made up our minds to aim once again.

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