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Strike Four (English)

author: Jeff Archer isbn: 978-0-9625006-7-1 pages: 234, illustrated pub year: 1995 price: US$4.00

When  

a  

sore-armed  

pitcher  

from  

New  

Jersey  

ventured  

forth  

to  

European  

lands  

in  

the  

early

1980s,  

little  

did  

he  

suspect  

that  

the  

experience  

would  

influence  

America's  

national  

sport  

as

played  

in  

Britain,  

Belgium,  

France,  

Germany  

and  

Holland.  

Neither  

did  

he  

suspect  

that  

his

efforts would provide the material for a timeless book that deserves a place in baseball history.

Soon  

after  

his  

arrival  

in  

Europe,  

Jeff  

Archer  

discovered  

that  

the  

sport  

had  

mutated  

into  

a

microcosm  

of  

whichever  

country  

it  

was  

played  

in.  

Games  

are  

played  

in  

cow  

pastures,  

dumps

and  

swamps.  

Curious  

situations  

arise  

such  

as  

the  

dilemma  

of  

pub  

attendance  

versus  

game

attendance in Britain, as well as the sixth inning tea break.

Strike  

Four  

also  

includes  

chapters  

devoted  

to  

the  

progress  

of  

world  

baseball,  

a  

handy  

glossary  

of  

baseball  

terms,

membership figures for the IBA, and an insightful article revealing the myths and truths surrounding baseball's origins.

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