PETER C. BJARKMAN AUTHOR

CUBAN BASEBALL HISTORIAN AND JOURNALIST


Author in the WBC II Press Box in Mexico City (March 2009)

Bjarkman in Press Booth at 2010 Haarlem Honkball Tournament

Bjarkman with Cuban star Freddie Cepeda at Haarlem Honkball (2008)

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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DIAMONDS AROUND THE GLOBE: The Encyclopedia of International Baseball

“After all, parallel baseball universes existed elsewhere in the world at the very time the game was establishing itself as postbellum America's nationally played sport, as many scholars, Peter Bjarkman foremost among them, have copiously documented.” — Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu, Transpacific Field of Dreams

Winner of The Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award (2004)

Baseball is increasingly popular throughtout the world, evidenced by the many talented players (such as Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, and Hideki Nomo) coming to the American Major Leagues from all over the world. The influx of such players is testament to the many high-quality professional and amateur leagues that now thrive around the globe. In this first of its kind reference, narrative chapters trace the history of baseball in Australia, Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and elsewhere.

Bjarkman profiles the teams and leading players from each country. He also covers the history of tournament play throughout the world, including Olympic baseball and the IBAF Baseball World Cup. This volume provides an invaluable and unprecendented source on the growth of America's "national pastime" into a global phenomenon that one day might feature a true World Series.

Critical Praise for Diamonds around the Globe: The Encyclopedia of International Baseball

"Truly a triumph of research and good writing, this gem should be on the reference shelves of any library boasting a serious baseball collection." - Library Journal (June 1, 2005)

"Well researched and beautifully produced ... The author has also provided us with a fascinating Introduction which provides an historical analysis of the international game and its problems ... All in all, a fine work." - Reference Reviews (December 5, 2005)

"Diamonds around the Globe is studded with facts about international playing, revealing the evolution of baseball in each country or region, discussing globalization influences, and covering the history of tournament play and teams around the world." - MBR Bookwatch (June 2005)

"Provides a thorough discussion of the tradition of baseball around the globe and effectively shows that the sport is indeed an international one ... Diamonds around the Globe will appeal to baseball followers who are interested in discovering the global dimension of the game. - Booklist Reference Books Bulletin

"It's an attempt to do for the rest of the world what the Baseball Encyclopedia does for Major League Baseball." - The Cincinnati Enquirer


BASEBALL'S TRUE WORLD CHAMPIONS


WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC CHAMPIONS (sponsored by Major League Baseball)

2017 (WBC IV, Finals: Los Angeles)
Winner: USA, Runner-up: Puerto Rico (Semifinalists: Japan, The Netherlands)
2013 (WBC III, Finals: San Francisco)
Winner: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Runner-up: Puerto Rico (Semifinalists: Japan, The Netherlands)
2009 (WBC II, Finals: Los Angeles)
Winner: JAPAN, Runner-up: Korea (Semifinalists: USA and Venezuela)
2006 (WBC I, Finals: San Diego)
Winner: JAPAN, Runner-up: Cuba (Semifinalists: Dominican Republic and Korea)
Championship Totals: Japan 2, Dominican Republic 1, USA 1
Cuba Totals: 1 Silver (Total Games: 15 W, 11 L, .577 Pct.)

OLYMPIC GAMES BASEBALL CHAMPIONS
(as official medal sport)

1992 (Barcelona) CUBA (9-0) (Silver: Chinese Taipei, Bronze: Japan)
1996 (Atlanta) CUBA (9-0) (Silver: Japan, Bronze: USA)
2000(Sydney) USA (8-1) (Silver: Cuba, Bronze: South Korea)
2004 (Athens) CUBA (8-1) (Silver: Australia, Bronze: Japan)
2008 (Beijing) South Korea (9-0) (Silver: Cuba, Bronze: USA)

Championship Totals: Cuba 3 (1992, 1996, 2004), South Korea 1 (2008), USA 1 (2000)
Cuba Totals: 3 Gold, 2 Silver (Total Games: 40 W, 5 L, .889 Pct.)

IBAF BASEBALL WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS (called Amateur World Series before 1988)

1938 (AWS I, London)) ENGLAND (only two teams entered)
1939 (AWS II, Havana) CUBA (6-0) (Silver: Nicaragua, Bronze: USA)
1940 (AWS III, Havana) CUBA (10-2) (Silver: Nicaragua, Bronze: USA)
1941 (AWS IV, Havana) VENEZUELA (8-1) (Silver: Cuba, Bronze: Mexico)
1942 (AWS V, Havana) CUBA (10-2) (Silver: Dominican Republic, Bronze: Venezuela)
1943 (AWS VI, Havana) CUBA (9-3) (Silver: Mexico, Bronze: Dominican Republic)
1944 (AWS VII, Caracas) VENEZUELA (7-3) (Silver: Mexico, Bronze: Cuba)
1945 (AWS VIII, Caracas) VENEZUELA (10-0) (Silver: Colombia, Bronze: Panama)
1947 (AWS IX, Barranquilla) COLOMBIA (7-2) (Silver: Puerto Rico, Bronze: Nicaragua)
1948 (AWS X, Managua) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (8-1) (Silver: Puerto Rico, Bronze: Colombia)
1950 (AWS XI, Managua) CUBA (10-1) (Silver: Dominican Republic, Bronze: Venezuela)
1951 (AWS XII, Mexico City) PUERTO RICO (10-3) (Silver: Venezuela, Bronze: Cuba)
1952 (AWS XIII, Havana) CUBA (9-2) (Silver: Dominican Republic, Bronze: Puerto Rico)
1953 (AWS XIV, Caracas) CUBA (11-1) (Silver: Venezuela, Bronze: Nicaragua)
1961 (AWS XV, Costa Rica) CUBA (9-0) (Silver: Mexico, Bronze: Venezuela)
1965 (AWS XVI, Cartagena) COLOMBIA (9-2) (Silver: Mexico, Bronze: Puerto Rico)
1969 (AWS XVII, Santo Domingo) CUBA (10-0) (Silver: USA, Bronze: Dominican Republic)
1970 (AWS XVIII, Cartagena) CUBA (12-1) (Silver: USA, Bronze: Puerto Rico)
1971 (AWS XIX, Havana) CUBA (9-0) (Silver: Colombia, Bronze: Nicaragua)
1972 (AWS XX, Managua) CUBA (14-1) (Silver: USA, Bronze: Nicaragua)
1973 (AWS XXI, Havana) CUBA (14-0) (Silver: Puerto Rico, Bronze: Venezuela)
1973*(AWS XXII, Managua) USA (10-0) (Silver: Nicaragua, Bronze: Puerto Rico)
1974*(AWS XXIII, St. Petersburg) USA (9-1) (Silver: Nicaragua, Bronze: Colombia)
1976 (AWS XXIV, Cartagena) CUBA (10-2) (Silver: Puerto Rico, Bronze: Japan)
1978 (AWS XXV, Italy) CUBA (10-0) (Silver: USA, Bronze: South Korea)
1980 (AWS XXVI, Tokyo) CUBA (11-0) (Silver: South Korea, Bronze: Japan)
1982 (AWS XXVII, Seoul) SOUTH KOREA (8-1) (Silver: Japan, Bronze: USA)
1984 (AWS XXVIII, Havana) CUBA (11-2) (Silver: Chinese Taipei, Bronze: USA)
1986 (AWS XXIX, Netherlands) CUBA (10-1) (Silver: South Korea, Bronze: Chinese Taipei)
1988 (World Cup XXX, Italy) CUBA (13-0) (Silver: USA, Bronze: Chinese Taipei)
1990 (World Cup XXXI, Edmonton) CUBA (10-0) (Silver: Nicaragua, Bronze: South Korea)
1994 (World Cup XXXII, Managua) CUBA (10-0) (Silver: South Korea, Bronze: Japan)
1998 (World Cup XXXIII, Italy) CUBA (10-0) (Silver: South Korea, Bronze: Nicaragua)
2001 (World Cup XXXIV, Taipei) CUBA (9-1) (Silver: USA, Bronze: Chinese Taipei)
2003 (World Cup XXXV, Havana) CUBA (9-0) (Silver: Panama, Bronze: Japan)
2005 (World Cup XXXVI, Netherlands) CUBA (11-0) (Silver: South Korea, Bronze: Panama)
2007 (World Cup XXXVII, Taipei) USA (9-1) (Silver: Cuba, Bronze: Japan
2009 Scheduled for Europe (various locations)

Championship Totals: Cuba 25, Venezuela 3, USA 3, Colombia 2, South Korea 1, Dominican Republic 1, Puerto Rico 1, England 1 (*=1973/​#2 and 1974 under FEMBA administration)
Cuba Totals: 25 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze 1 (Total Games: 288 W, 30 L, .906 Pct.)

IBAF INTERCONTINENTAL CUP CHAMPIONS

1973 (Intercontinental Cup I, Italy) JAPAN (6-1) (Silver: Puerto Rico, Bronze: USA)
1975 (Intercontinental Cup II, Montreal) USA (9-0) (Silver: Japan, Bronze: Nicaragua)
1977 (Intercontinental Cup III, Managua) SOUTH KOREA (10-4) (Silver: USA, Bronze: Japan)
1979 (Intercontinental Cup IV, Havana) CUBA 10-0) (Silver: Japan, Bronze: USA)
1981 (Intercontinental Cup V, Edmonton) USA (7-2) (Silver: Cuba, Bronze: Dominicana)
1983 (Intercontinental Cup VI, Brussels) CUBA (8-2) (Silver: USA, Bronze: Chinese Taipei)
1985 (Intercontinental Cup VII, Edmonton) CUBA (8-1) (Silver: South Korea, Bronze: Japan)
1987 (Intercontinental Cup VIII, Havana) CUBA (13-0) (Silver: USA, Bronze: Japan)
1989 (Intercontinental Cup IX, San Juan) CUBA (8-0) (Silver: Japan, Bronze: Puerto Rico)
1991 (Intercontinental Cup X, Barcelona) CUBA (10-1) (Silver: Japan, Bronze: Nicaragua)
1993 (Intercontinental Cup XI, Italy) CUBA (11-0) (Silver: USA, Bronze: Japan)
1995 (Intercontinental Cup XII, Havana) CUBA (9-0) (Silver: Japan, Bronze: Nicaragua)
1997 (Intercontinental Cup XIII, Barcelona) JAPAN (6-3) (Silver: Cuba, Bronze: Australia)
1999 (Intercontinental Cup XIV, Sydney) AUSTRALIA (8-1) (Silver: Cuba, Bronze: Japan)
2002 (Intercontinental Cup XV, Havana) CUBA (10-0) (Silver: Korea, Bronze: Dominicana)
2006 (Intercontinental Cup XVI, Taiwan) CUBA (8-1) (Silver: Holland, Bronze: Chinese Taipei)
2010 (Intercontinental Cup XVII, TBA) Tournament Dates TBA

Championship Totals: Cuba 10, Japan 2, USA 2, South Korea 1, Australia 1
Cuba Totals: 10 Gold, 3 Silver (Total Games: 115 W, 12 L, .906 Pct.)

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