WBC continues baseball's 'internationalization'
A new book by Mark Lamster examines the beginning of baseball's "internationalization," which continues today with the World Baseball Classic.
Mark Lamster: Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. To answer your question, when I began work on the book, I had an idea that there were sources waiting to be tapped, because Albert Spalding, the tour's progenitor, was something of a packrat and his scrapbooks still exist. (They're at the New York Public Library.) In addition, he brought three syndicated columnists with him on the trip, so I knew that their work was out there in the record, as would be the local reports from the places the tour traveled, because its arrival was newsworthy (or at least heavily promoted beforehand). That said, as I was researching the book I came upon some wonderful material, in particular diaries and personal correspondence from the players, that really opened up the story. I had no idea that material existed when I began. I suppose every author fantasizes about this kind of goldmine. I'm glad it was there for me.