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It Happens Every Spring: Baseball is back, and with its baseball books and other literary signs of s

by Clarence Petersen (Apr 17, 1983)

Digitized by Jessica Suchman and Catherine Nissley.

Chrysanthemum and the Bat

The vendors sell sushi, sake, hotto dogu to crowds of 50,000 in the stadiums of Japan, a nation of besuboru nuts. It is the same American Pastime that we watch, writes Whiting, who has watched it there for a decade, but then it's not quite the same. Japanese values – group identity, cooperation, respect for age and "face" – have permeated baseball. For Americans, what better way to learn about them than by watching them do our thing.

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