PETER C. BJARKMAN AUTHOR

CUBAN BASEBALL HISTORIAN AND JOURNALIST

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Bjarkman Chapter in Dutch Anthology

CHAPTERS AND EDITED BOOKS (Amazon Links)

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Bjarkman Books

“Daring, honest, exceptional… Peter C. Bjarkman has written a must-read primer for anyone considering the truth behind Cuban baseball’s impact on Major League Baseball.” — Ray Otero
No world leader has had the impact on his nation's leading pastime to the same degree that the half-century rule of Fidel Castro would produce in the baseball fanatic island of Cuba.
“Nobody knows more about the intertwining of politics and baseball in Cuba than Peter Bjarkman ...” — Omar Minaya
"Bjarkman delivers the definitive work on Cuban baseball" — Library Journal
Pioneering bilingual editions (English and Spanish volumes) edited by Peter C. Bjarkman and Bill Nowlin and drawn from SABR Biography Project archives on legendary Cuban ballplayers. Features portraits of many of Cuba's most legendary pre- and post-revolution stars.
"Truly a triumph of research and good writing, this gem should be on the reference shelves of any library boasting a serious baseball collection." — Paul Kaplan, Library Journal
"Smoke is visual, visceral energy ... Rarely does a baseball book offer so much ..." — Sports Collectors Digest
"An unrivaled definitive history of the Latino invasion of the North American pastime." — amazon.com
"A celebration of the powerful grip that America's game has on its millions of fans, and an attempt to recreate baseball history as it lives in our memory and imagination."
Pete Bjarkman also edited the popular early-1990s collection of baseball short stories entitled Baseball & The Game of Life (which appeared in both English and Japanese editions)
An ultimate guide to the top figures (on the court and off) timed for the sports collegiate centennial and also covering the first half-century of the professional game.
The composite story of American collegiate basketball, written on the occasion of the sport's centennial and later reissued in an attractive paperback edition.
Five-decade illustrated history of major league baseball's most successful and popular post-expansion-era franchise
Colorful review of one of pro basketball's most-storied franchises, focusing equally on the Russell-Cousy-Auerbach unparalleled dynasties years during the strife-torn Sixties and the rebirth of glory under Larry Bird and Robert Parrish in the Eighties and Nineties.
Early Bjarkman coffee table pictorial team history volumes include books on the Toronto Blue Jays, Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers (the latter pair published in the Brompton Book's "Baseball Great Dynasties Series).
A quintet (appropriately enough) of pro and college basketball volumes representing the author's free-lance work in the final decade of the 20th century, before the siren-call of baseball in Cuba.
A collection of additional baseball and basketball volumes edited by the author, plus major contributed chapters and a handful of volume "introductions" contributed over the years.
Bjarkman's several dozen SABR BioProject articles (on-line and forthcoming) are all linked here (Cuban and Japanese players). The author's Bios for Cuban big leaguers are also linked above on the separate Cuban Baseball Legends book page.
Nine early Bjarkman authored sports biographies for Young Adult Readers produced in the early and mid-1990s
The author's work has also appeared extensively in Spanish, including numerous journal articles. Several of his books have also been translated into other foreign-language editions (Japanese, French and Polish)

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EDITED BOOKS, CHAPTERS AND INTRODUCTIONS

A collection of books, journals, and anthologies edited over the years by the author, or containing significant chapters and introductions writer by Bjarkman. The Meckler team history volumes (available in original hardcover and paperback editions (republished by Carroll & Graf), as well as the SABR International Pastime Volume (produced to overlap with the 1996 Atlanta Olympics baseball tournament) as now much-dated but represent some of the author's earliest ventures.

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Meckler Books Team History Encyclopedias (Edited)


Edited and with more than a dozen individual Bjarkman chapters

Originally published in hardcover by Meckler Books (1991) the volumes were reissued in paperback format two years later, with a replacement chapter on the Philadelphia Phillies and added sections on the expansion Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies (all three new chapters by Bjarkman). The Bjarkman contributions to the two volumes contain the following chapters:

Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball: National League
Introduction: Breaking Traditions in the Senior Circuit
Brooklyn Dodgers - Los Angeles Dodgers: From Daffiness Dodgers to the Boys of Summer and the Myth of America's Team
Cincinnati Reds: Cincinnati's Hometown Game, from the Red Stockings to the Big Red Machine
Montreal Expos: Bizarre New Diamond Traditions North of the Border
Philadelphia Phillies: Swooning in the Shadow of the Miracle Whiz Kids (Carroll & Graf Edition)
Colorado Rockies: Rocky Mountain High, For Awhile (Carroll &Graf Edition)
Florida Marlins: Baseball's Big Splash in the Caribbean (Carroll & Graf Edition)

Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball: AmericanLeague
Introduction: Historical Perspectives on the Junior Circuit
Toronto Blue Jays: Okay, Blue Jays! First Worst to First in a Decade
Washington Senators - Minnesota Twins: Expansion-Era Baseball Comes to the American League
Washington Senators - Texas Rangers: There Are No Dragons in Baseball, Only Shortstops

SABR International Pastime Special Edition (Edited)


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Dutch Baseball Jubilee Anthology (Contributed Chapter)


The elegant oversized coffee table volume was published in limited edition by the Dutch Baseball Federation (2012) in celebration of the sport's hundred year history in The Lowlands and on the occasion of the surprising Dutch championship over the favored Cubans in the final IBAF World Baseball Cup matches in Panama (September 2011). Entitled Hondrad Jaar KNBSB: EEUW MET GOUDEN GLANS, The volume contains a single English-language chapter by invited author Peter C. Bjarkman ("The Orangemen Arrive at the Pinnacle of International Baseball" pp. 20-25). Full PDF copy of the Bjarkman can be downloaded from the page left column

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (Introduction)



"The dusky men who proudly strutted their stuff up upon the diamonds of black professional baseball during the 1930s and 1940s suffered a double stroke of cruelest fate. During the various summers of their greatest glories, while they earned their stardom on sandlots and in rickety municipal ballparks from California to Cuba, a generation of dark-skinned Babe Ruths and Lefty Groves and Ty Cobbs, except for reports of their exploits in the black press, were known largely only to the ghetto-bound black fans who spread their legendary feats through word of mouth alone. Few statistics were recorded or retained to immortalize their larger than life diamond exploits, and fewer printed records, still, remain to sanctify their forgotten legends." from Peter C. Bjarkman's INTRODUCTION to a new paperback edition of William Brashler's epic classic novel (1993, University of Illinois Press)

Early U.S. Blackball Teams in Cuba (Foreword)


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Arriba Baseball: A Collection of Latino Baseball Fiction (Introduction)


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Total Basketball (Early History Chapter)


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