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