About bjarkmanlatinobaseball

PETER C. BJARKMAN (born in Hartford,
Connecticut on May 19, 1941) is today widely acknowledged as
the leading authority on modern-era (post 1959) Cuban
baseball. His work as been featured in a front-page story in
the WALL STREET JOURNAL (November 9, 2010) and he has also
recently appeared in the CUBA episode of Anthony Bourdain’s
popular Travel Channel hit show “No Reservations” (filmed
March 2011 and scheduled to air June 2011). Bjarkman’s
seminal book, A HISTORY OF CUBAN BASEBALL, 1864-2006 was
McFarland Publisher’s top seller in February-March 2007 and
has been labelled by LIBRARY JOURNAL as “the definitive work
on Cuban baseball.” His earlier pictorial history of Cuban
baseball entitled SMOKE: THE ROMANCE AND LORE OF CUBAN
BASEBALL (1999, Total Sports, with photographer Mark Rucker)
is widely recognized as a landmark achievement in the field.
His related volume, DIAMONDS AROUND THE GLOBE: THE
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF INTERNATIONAL BASEBALL (2005, Greenwood), was
winner of THE SPORTING NEWS-SABR Baseball Research Award and
a finalist for SPITBALL magazine’s CASEY AWARD as “Baseball
Book of the Year.” Bjarkman’s 1994 study, BASEBALL WITH A
LATIN BEAT: A HISTORY OF THE LATIN AMERICAN GAME (McFarland),
earned the Macmillan-SABR Baseball Research Award. He is a
frequent radio/television guest and invited speaker on
international baseball, plus a regular columnist for the
leading Cuban League website found at http://www.BaseballdeCuba.com.

Interests

Cuban and Latin American baseball history,
collecting game-worn Cuban League and Cuban national team
uniforms.