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Out of Left Field: The Making of the Chinese Olympic Baseball Team

A former major league baseball manager, Jim Lefebvre, and Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher Bruce Hurst take on the toughest task of their careers — transforming China’s fledgling national baseball team into a contender in the 2008 Olympic Games. This is a story of two divergent nations united by America’s pastime, a seat-of-the-pants chronicle of underdogs, world-class dreams, high-stakes risks and Olympic glory. What started four years ago with a phone call from an office not far from China’s Forbidden City to a retired manager in Scottsdale, Arizona, ends in August 2008, when outmatched Chinese baseball players — bolstered by their American coaches — step onto an Olympic baseball diamond and make history.

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