You Gotta Have Wa

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Vintage Books, 1990 - Sports & Recreation - 339 pages
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Injured players who "pitch through their pain". Fans who politely return foul balls. This witty and incisive book by the author of the acclaimed The Chrysanthemum and the Bat gives us an unprecedented look at Japanese baseball, as seen by baffled Americans from Babe Ruth to Willie Smith. Black-and-white photographs.

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

Whiting explores through anecdotes the differences between Japanese and American baseball culture and practice. A very enjoyable and informative book. Read full review

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User Review  - lukespapa - LibraryThing

What better way to celebrate the Fall Classic than reading a baseball book. Though written two decades ago, Whiting gives us a peak into besuboru, or, Japanese baseball. One would think that the ... Read full review


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Robert Whiting is the author of You Gotta Have Wa and is one of the very few Westerners to write a regular column in the Japanese press. He has appeared as a commentator in documentaries about Japan and on such shows as Larry King Live and The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour. He has also written for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and Time, among other publications. He lives in Tokyo.

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