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(below left) GROSSETO FANS CHEER ON IN BOLOGNA...
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...DIEHARD FANS LIKE THESE FOLLOW THEIR TEAM; JOE TAKES IN A GAME IN PARMA WHERE THE CHEESE RULES

“I found (the guide) very interesting and learned a lot about Italian baseball. I never knew pitchers only had three pitches to warm up between innings.” – Matthew, Claremont, California

 

Amazing architecture and history; the rolling hills of Tuscany; and great food come to mind when you think of Italy. But baseball? Ah, well, not exactly. Believe it or not, they’ve been playing organized baseball in Italy since the end of World War II and the Italians came to America to participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. You learn more about the unique history of Italian baseball in World in a Ballpark: Baseball Goes Global, which is available for purchase at the Buy Joe's Guides page.

 

In its effort to grow the sport beyond North America, Latin America and Asia, baseball has targeted Europe, including its Dutch Treats!, plus South African Plain and Down Under, Mate! as its next frontiers. That means opening a baseball academy in Italy and one day bringing an exhibition game to Rome’s soccer stadium.

 

You can see Joe's other Europe photos by traveling to these links: European Feast; The Netherlands: Dutch Treats!; Austria Mountaineers; The British Are Coming!; Czech Republic This Out; French Connection; Do You Speak German?; Luck Of The Irish; From Russia, With LoveSpanish Passport and Swiss Cheese!

 

If you want to view a sample of the guide and how easy the guide works, visit the World Baseball Classic page.


 

JOLTIN' JOE DIMAGGIO TEACHING THE NATIVES...
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...HISTORIC PHOTOS ABOUND IN SMALL TOWN BALLPARKS LIKE NETTUNO AND GROSSETO

Italy has a baseball league featuring eight teams, playing in mostly small towns like Nettuno, the self-proclaimed “Baseball Capitol of Italy.” They also play baseball in one of Italy’s most beautiful and historic cities, BolognaWe hope you enjoy this collage of baseball – Italian style!

 

BASEBALL IN ITALY IS QUITE DIFFERENT INDEED...
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(above left) THE FANS FORM OF TRANSPORTATION; (above right) ARGUING IS A SPORT WITHIN A SPORT

A U.S. SERVICEMAN TAKES SOME HACKS
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MILITARY MEN TAUGHT LOCAL ITALIANS THE GAME

YOU BETTER, YOU BET: ITALIANS v. THE CUBANS
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ITALY HAS TRIED TO BETTER ITS PROGRAM GOING AGAINST TOUGHER COMPETITION LIKE THE STELLAR CUBANS

BECAUSE OF THOSE SERVICEMEN...
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...THIS ITALIAN IS A CUBS FAN - AND AN ITALIAN PA ANNOUNCER...

WELCOME TO NETTUNO
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ITALY'S "CITY OF BASEBALL"

PRIDE OF NETTUNO: CHAMPIONSHIPS GALORE...
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THE CLUBHOUSE AT NETTUNO'S BALLPARK CELEBRATES THE TRADITION OF GREAT BASEBALL IN THIS ITALIAN TOWN

FROM BOLOGNA TO NETTUNO, THE ITALIANS PLAY BALL...
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BOLOGNA'S FORTITUDO CLUB AND NETTUNO'S INDIANS ARE TWO OF THE TRADITIONALLY PREMIERE CLUBS IN ITALY

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