Selected 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
"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."
“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
"Smoke is visual, visceral energy ... Rarely does a baseball book offer so much ..."—Sports Collectors Digest
"... this gem is truly a triumph of research and good writing ..."—Library Journal
"An unrivaled definitive history of the Latino invasion of the North American pastime."—
Five-decade illustrated history of major league baseball's most successful and popular post-expansion-era franchise
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
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