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Baseballissimo

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  42 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In the spring of 2002, Dave Bidini set off for Nettuno, Italy, with his wife, Janet, and their two small children, in search of his favourite summer game, baseball. Nettuno was his destination because this town, south of Rome, has been the baseball capital of Italy since 1944, when the game was introduced by the American GIs who liberated the region. Bidini wanted to spend ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 22nd 2005 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 2004)
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Thomas
Jul 30, 2012 Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball-books
I purchased this book from the local bookstore after browsing around. The store was trying to rid of this final copy of the book and there fore I bought it for only $2. I love baseball and have read many baseball books but nonetheless I wasn't expecting much considering it was placed in the clearout bin.
After reading this book I was very suprised by how much I liked it. There were many flaws like grammar, juvenile writing habits and jumping around the story too often but I still enjoyed the sim
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Marc
Aug 14, 2014 Marc rated it it was amazing
Mining the backwaters of pro sports is as stale as old toast; Bidini's ethno-cultural self-analysis, however, surprises with insight into the conflicted identities of millions of first- and second-generation North Americans, particularly those that grew up in the midst of Canada's transition from anglo hinterland to multi-cultural nation
Tina Siegel
Jan 16, 2012 Tina Siegel rated it liked it
So it was an engaging, endearing book. Bidini is a talented writer and, clearly, psssionate about baseball. I could appreciate that, even though I'm not a sports fan myself. Being Italian, I also loved the window into Italian culture - it was amusing and heart-warming at the same time. Anyone with any Italian in them will recognize a lot of the context of this book.

However. The structure left a lot to be desired. I think Bidini wanted to capture the events as he experienced them, which is a nob
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Rob Trainor
Dec 13, 2015 Rob Trainor rated it it was amazing
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I very much enjoyed this book. Dave Bidini is the ultimate in finding sports in odd ball places. His nomadic existence must be owed to his career as a musician. This book explores a league and a baseball culture not normally explored. Italian baseball does not seem like something that goes together. But the tale woven in this book, makes baseball seem as Italian as pasta. I would highly recommend this book to any baseball fan.
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Jun 16, 2013 Lew Serviss rated it it was amazing
Just a wonderful read. Lyrical, humorous writing. A delightful travelogue and personal journey at the same time.
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DAVE BIDINI is the author of nine books. His play, "The Five Hole Stories," was performed by One Yellow Rabbit and toured Canada in winter, 2009, and his two "hockumentaries," The Hockey Nomad and The Hockey Nomad Goes To Russia were Gemini-nominated films, and The Hockey Nomad won for Best Documentary.

Bidini is the recipient of numerous National Magazine Awards, and is a weekly columnist in The N
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