Books The Eastern Stars How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro De Macoris by Mark Kurlansky Hardcover, 272 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $25.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Eastern StarsSubtitleHow Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro De MacorisAuthorMark Kurlansky Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary Describes how a small and impoverished region in the Dominican Republic grew to produce some of Major League Baseball's greatest talents, citing the influence of sugar industry migrant workers and the role of race in transforming the sport. Genres: Sports Nonfiction History & Society Also by Mark Kurlansky World Without Fish Birdseye The Big Oyster The Food of a Younger Land Ready for a Brand New Beat See More Books Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Eastern Stars What We're Reading What We're Reading, April 20-26 April 20, 2010 A novel skewers New York's Internet-media nexus; a New York Times health editor examines the ways "Grown-Up" minds are superior to young brains; a reporter visits the small Dominican town that churns out big-league baseball stars. Sports How Baseball Changed Life In A Dominican Town April 17, 2010 When you think of baseball, you might think of Cooperstown, N.Y. But it's San Pedro de Macoris, in the Dominican Republic, that's known as "the town where shortstops come from." As of 2008, 79 boys and men from San Pedro had gone to the play in the Major Leagues — including Sammy Sosa, Robinson Cano and Julio Franco. How Baseball Changed Life In A Dominican Town Listen · 6:52 6:52 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/126060775/126086281" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Book Reviews The Story Of Baseball And Sugar In A Small Town April 15, 2010 Journalist Mark Kurlansky is drawn to singular subjects — cod, salt and oysters, to name a few. In The Eastern Stars, he takes a look at the history of baseball and sugar in the small town of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic.