"... is doing for Cuban baseball what Ry Cooder has done for Cuban music ..."


"Bjarkman delivers the definitive work on Cuban baseball"—Library Journal
A long-awaited history of the Cuban national team and its near century-long saga of international tournament dominations
First English-language biographical encyclopedia of post-revolutionary Cuban baseball, scheduled for 2015 publication
"... this gem is truly a triumph of research and good writing ..."—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."—
Baseball Anthologies
"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."
Baseball Histories
Five-decade illustrated history of major league baseball's most successful and popular post-expansion-era franchise
Basketball Histories
Nine early Bjarkman authored volumes on basketball history, including a popular illustrated history of the Boston Celtics and what some in the late-1990s called a definitive history of college basketball
Young Adult Readers
Nine early Bjarkman authored sports biographies for Young Adult Readers produced in the early and mid-1990s


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June 5, 2010

I will be in Haarlem (The Netherlands) from July 9-18 covering the Cuban national team at the 25th Haarlem Honkbalweek tournament. Cuba is sending an exceptionally strong team and is thus a heavy favorite to capture the gold medal. Follow the action on our special tournament page at