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Sportsworld of the Hanshin Tigers: Professional Baseball in Modern Japan

William W. Kelly


Baseball has been Japan’s national pastime for over a century, and the Hanshin Tigers have long been the country’s second favorite professional team in its second-largest city. This ethnography, based on multiple years of fieldwork, analyzes Hanshin Tiger baseball as a complex sportsworld, the collective product and the converging actions of the players themselves, demanding coaches, layers of intrusive management, a large and prying media, and millions of passionate and organized fans across the Kansai region. It explains the team’s popularity through decades of futility in the late twentieth ... More

Keywords: Japan, baseball, sports, sportsworld, Hanshin Tigers, ethnography, melodrama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520299412
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520299412.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William W. Kelly, author
Yale University