Sayonara Home Run!: The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card

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Chronicle Books, Feb 16, 2006 - Antiques & Collectibles - 191 pages
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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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User Review  - bhenry11 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

John Gall is the art director for Vintage/Anchor Books. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Gary Engel is a collector, dealer, and noted authority on Japanese baseball cards. He lives in Southern California.

Steven Heller is the author of ninety books on design and popular culture.

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