The Eastern Stars

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mark Kurlansky describes what makes the Dominican Republic sugar mill town of San Pedro a source of some of the best Dominican players in the Major Leagues—Manny Alexander, Sammy Sosa, Tony Fernandez. In The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Marcoris, he tells how the history of baseball players from San Pedro is also a chronicle of racism in baseball, changing social mores in sports and in the Dominican Republic, and the personal stories of the many men who wanted to escape from poverty through playing ball.

Event: Mark Kurlansky will be speaking and signing books
Monday, April 19, at 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble, Upper West Side
Broadway at 82nd Street


Mark Kurlansky

Comments [7]

a. g. from hudson county nj

i agree with john [maybe for the first and last time] that race is different in latin america. the calibration of "hueism" is different. the intensity and proportionality are different. as for americans never understanding,well,yeah,most americans dont understand race here either so whats new?
and arent bolivians and canadians americans also?[of a sort at least].

Apr. 19 2010 02:15 PM
john from office

Race is a big issue in the DR. Americans will nevr understand it.

Apr. 19 2010 12:59 PM
Sally from Ridgewood

Will this book be available in Spanish?


Apr. 19 2010 12:55 PM
Joel from Westchester

Was the film "Sugar" an accurate depiction of baseball in the D.R.?

Apr. 19 2010 12:55 PM
Daniel McIntosh from NYC

I am from Toronto where there is a prevailing myth that the Blue Jays were an organization that pioneered recruiting in the Domincan.

How much truth is there to the idea that Pat Gillick (Jays GM, former) was the first to aggressively scout there?

Apr. 19 2010 12:52 PM
KZ in New York

Very interesting. You should mention the great film "Sugar," which tells the story of one of these kids from the Dominican Republic who comes to the U.S.

Apr. 19 2010 12:51 PM
Arlen Gargagliano from New Rochelle, NY

Ah-here's a great song to accomany your interview: wonderful Juan Louis Guerra's dance-inspiring song Guavaberry...

"I'd like to live in the streets of San Pedro de Macoris..."

Apr. 19 2010 12:46 PM

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