National Pastime

How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer

by Stefan Szymanski, Andrew Zimbalist

National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer
US$20.95

In their innovative book, National Pastime, Stefan Szymanski and Andrew Zimbalist compare the histories and institutional structures of baseball—the U.S. national pastime—and soccer—the major sport in the rest of the world. Their indepth, cross-cultural assessment of these huge mega-businesses, particularly Major League Baseball and the English Premier League, examines what makes each sport successful and details how administrators in each can learn from the other.


  • Brookings Institution Press; January 2005
  • ISBN: 9780815797647
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  • Title: National Pastime
  • Author: Stefan Szymanski; Andrew Zimbalist
  • Imprint: Brookings Institution Press