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Sayonara Home Run!: The Art of the Japanese…

Sayonara Home Run!: The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card (edition 2006)

by John Gall, Gary Engel, Steven Heller (Foreword)

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Title:Sayonara Home Run!: The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card
Authors:John Gall
Other authors:Gary Engel, Steven Heller (Foreword)
Info:Chronicle Books (2006), Paperback, 192 pages
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Sayonara Home Run!: The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card by John Gall



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If only there were more books like Gall's comprehensive appreciation of Japanese baseball cards! This is a must-own for any collector of the weird, the odd, and the beautiful. Japanese baseball cards, like their American brethren, are steeped in the pop culture of their country. In fact, it's nearly impossible to determine that which is more influential on the other.

It's not quite a catalog, nor a mark-your-place narrative. Instead it's just a great addition to the collector's library. Gall's exhaustive research and extensive color plates are invaluable. Not just as a cheat-sheet for collectors looking to make headway into the rapidly exploding Stateside interest in Japanese baseball, but as a complete, self-contained history of the genre. ( )
  bhenry11 | May 22, 2011 |
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With talented young Japanese players signing to the American Majors, interest in Japanese baseball is at an all-time high. Sayonara Home Run! introduces curious fans to Japan's national pastime through the lens of the country's playfully beautiful baseball cards. A fascinating text traces the roots and cross-cultural history of the Japanese game, while hundreds of illustrations showcase gorgeous vintage cards. Woven throughout are profiles of key Japanese players, features on important U.S. team tours of Japan (with Japanese cards of players such as Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio), and insights into the social history of the cards. Including primers on Japanese player nicknames and baseball terms, and the fine points of the Japanese game, Sayonara Home Run! is a must-have for anyone interested in baseball, Japan, or this unique chapter in popular design.

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