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Playing Hard Ball By E.T. Smith

Playing Hard Ball
by E.T. Smith

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A cultural comparison of two national games - cricket and baseball - written from the viewpoint of a practitioner of both codes. Cambridge University and Kent batsman Ed Smith has spent the winters since 1998 in Spring Training with the New York Mets baseball team and contrasts these iconic sports.
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Playing Hard Ball: A Kent County Cricketer's Journey into Big League Baseball by E.T. Smith

A cultural comparison of two national games - cricket, English in origin, and American baseball - written from the viewpoint of a a top-class cricketer and budding baseball player. Ed Smith - the young Cambridge University and Kent batsman - has spent the winters since 1998 in Spring Training with the New York Mets baseball team. It has enabled him to contrast and compare arguably the two most iconic of sports from the inside. In fact, baseball had a thriving following in Britain until the early part of the 20th century (Derby County's former stadium was called the Baseball Ground; Tottenham Hotspur was at first a baseball club). Apart from learning two very different techniques, Ed learned that the sports' ultimate heroes, the Babe and the Don - Babe Ruth and Don Bradman - might as well have come from different planets, whilst baseball's pristine Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is a far cry from the ramshackle cricket museum at Lord's. The book paints a two-sided portrait of sports' most illustrious "hitting games". Written with the passion and sympathy of a genuine fan, it contains the behind-the-scenes insights of a professional player.

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About E.T. Smith


Born in 1977, Ed Smith is one of the country's most promising cricketers, the youngest English batsman to score a century on his debut (aged 18 for Cambridge University v Glamorgan). He has written columns for THE TIMES and regularly reviews fiction for THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH.

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Playing Hard Ball: A Kent County Cricketer's Journey into Big League Baseball by E.T. Smith
E.T. Smith
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Little, Brown & Company
2002-07-04
256
0316860565
9780316860567
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