"Through this and other publications, Peter Bjarkman is doing for Cuban baseball what Ry Cooder has done for Cuban music ..."—Joseph Arbena, on-line book review for Arete: Sports Literature Association Journal (2007)_________________________
"Pete Bjarkman is the Peter Gammons and Bill James of Cuban baseball." — Ray Otero, Director and Webmaster, www.BaseballdeCuba.com
"No Reservations Cuba"
In March 2011 author Peter Bjarkman appeared in the Havana episode of Anthony Bourdain's popular "No Reservations" — a regular Travel Channel feature aired for eight seasons. Bjarkman appears in three episode scenes — visiting a Havana little league championship baseball match with Tony, interpreting for Tony during a lively discussion of the Cuban national pastime with fans in Havana's historic Central Park, and attending a Cuban League game with Tony in historic Latin American Stadium. Links are provided in the left-side column of this page for several episodes as well as for the YouTube posting of the entire program. "No Reservations Cuba" first aired on July 11, 2011 and is now available as part of the "Anthony Bourdain No Reservations Collection 7" DVD (subtitled as "Forbidden Detour to Cuba and Beyond").
Internet Baseball Columns
Free-lance author Peter C. Bjarkman has been branded as the "Peter Gammons and Bill James of Cuban baseball" and is the leading internet commentator on the Cuban national pastime. Bjarkman has been observing baseball throughout Cuba (with over 40 trips to the island) and trailing the Cuban national team to major international tournaments since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The author appears regularly on www. BaseballdeCuba.com and numerous other related internet sites covering international baseball.
Bjarkman began writing for www.BaseballdeCuba.com during coverage of the July 2007 Pan American Games and has been the featured columnist for that leading site (writing mainly in English) for the past three years. He has also maintained a presence as baseball commentator for such Cuba-based on-line outlets as Havana Times (English and Spanish on-line pages), the IBAF (Indternational Baseball Federation) website, the Prensa Latina English-language page, and the Radio COCO Havana website. Interested readers are invited to visit Peter C. Bjarkman's ongoing Cuban baseball commentaries and analyses now regularly found at numerous American (USA), European and Cuban-based website links.
Bjarkman Press Clippings
Press stories promoting author Peter C. Bjarkman
1. “’No Reservations’ on Cuba baseball for author” (Q&A feature with Peter Bjarkman) (by Tim Brouk) in: The Lafayette (Indiana) Journal & Courier (June 13, 2011), A8. (Bjarkman interview regarding Travel Channel appearance with Anthony Bourdain)
2. “Inside Baseball: This Yanqui is Welcome in Cuba’s Locker Room” (by Christopher Rhoads) in: Wall Street Journal (November 9, 2010), 1/A16. (Front page story with iconic WSJ “Hedcut” )
3. “¡Viva el Béisbol! From Professor of Linguistics to Cuban Baseball Expert” (Bjarkman Profile in “9 to 5, Act II: Alumni Tell Us How Their Career Paths Have Diverged”) in: Observer: The Magazine of the University of Hartford, Spring 2010, 22.
4. “Un batazo que estremeció también a México” (by Raúl Arce) in: Juventud Rebelde (March 12, 2009), 7. (Cuban press story discussing Bjarkman’s predictions for WBC II)
5. “De puurheid van het spel – Amerikaan volgt Cubaans tean op de voet” (Peter Bjarkman Cuba-watccher in Haarlem) (by Bart Slegers) in: Haarlemsdagblad (July 12, 2008) (Dutch press feature story about an American reporting on Cuban baseball)
6. “Mr. Peter Bjarkman: historia del béisbol cubano” (Spanish article) (by Dr. José de Jesús Jiménez) in: La Información (Deportes 2B), November 10, 2007.
7. “Un libro exquisito: 143 años de pelota cubana” (by Raúl Arce) in: Juventud Rebelde (June 13, 2007), 7. (Cuban press interview promoting Bjarkman’s writings)
8. “The lore of baseball—Local author restores the history of Cuban ‘béisbol’ in ‘Smoke’” (by John Norberg) in: The Lafayette (Indiana) Journal & Courier (February 5, 2000), B5-B6.
9. “Béisbol: A History—Lafayette-based author visited Cuba three times to write ‘Smoke,’ a volume on baseball in its most pristine form” (by Dan Carpenter) in: The Indianapolis Star (October 19, 1999), E1-E2.
10. “Sports’ Prolific Man of Letters” (by Conrad Brunner) in: The Indianapolis Star/News (August 11, 1998), A1-A2.
11. “Crackin’ ‘em … Outta Here! No one gets down the line quicker than Peter ‘Dr. Baseball’ Bjarkman” (by Kevin Cullen) in: The Lafayette (Indiana) Journal & Courier (May 3, 1995), B1-2.
12. “He owns a bit of baseball by writing about it (Profile of Peter C. Bjarkman)” (by Marc D. Allen) in: The Indianapolis Star (May 14, 1995), J3.
13. “Peter Bjarkman—aka Dr. Baseball” (by Robert Cannon) in: Sports Collectors Digest. 20:16 (April 16, 1993), 174-177.
14. “It’s not just a ball game, you bum, it’s art, religion (Profile of Peter C. Bjarkman)” (by John Shaughnessy) in: The Indianapolis Star (June 20, 1986), 17.
15. “Why time begins on opening day – Professor says baseball reflects American culture” (by Mark Curnutte) in: The Lafayette (Indiana) Journal & Courier (April 7, 1986), C1.