But Eastern Stars, with its fact-filled appendices and colorful turns of phrase, is more a social history than simply a sports book. Because the playing of baseball, like all human endeavors, is impacted by, and inseparable from, the forward march of world events.
The question most people ask about this smallish city is a cliché: “What’s in the water?” “There seem to be numerous things in the water,” Kurlansky writes, “some from the Mexican cement factory along the Higuamo River. But there is probably nothing in the water that would help with baseball. San Pedro baseball was not born from the water but from the history of the town.”
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