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In the spring of 2002, Dave Bidini set off for Nettuno, Italy, with his wife, Janet, and their two small children, in search of his favourite summer game, baseball. Nettuno was his destination because this town, south of Rome, has been the baseball capital of Italy since 1944, when the game was introduced by the American GIs who liberated the region. Bidini wanted to spend time in a town where everyone is as nuts about the game as he is, and in Nettuno, they love the game so much that they hand out baseball gloves and bats to children taking their first communion.

For six months Bidini followed the fortunes of the Serie B Peones, Nettunese to the core. At the same time he was also learning about his own heritage, having spent his youth vigorously ignoring his Italianness. The result of his summer in Italy is vintage Bidini: a funny, perceptive, and engrossing book that takes readers far beyond the professional sport to the game that people around the world love to play.


"Perfect for any baseball fan, especially those who still look for the artistry and poetry of the game." Edmonton Journal


"We want to be Dave Bidini when we grow up." Toronto Star


"You'll find that you don't want Baseballissimo to end..." Sports Illustrated


"The sheer charm of Baseballissimo won me over." Vancouver Sun


"Bidini is a terrific writer — funny, clever, passionate." Toronto Sun


"Fans of every game should read Baseballissimo." Georgia Straight

About the Author

Dave Bidini is the rhythm guitarist for the Rheostatics and the author of On a Cold Road and Tropic of Hockey, which was adapted for television as the Gemini Award-winning documentary Hockey Nomad. He lives in Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Nettuno Peones, 2002

Stronzo with a Smiting Pole

The Pasta Ghetto

Bob Dylan and the Drag Bunt

Mia Palanca, Mia

Nettuno at Montefiascone

There Came a One-Armed Man


Roma at Nettuno

A Pocket of Brick and Mortar


Nettuno at Salerno

Nettuno at Sardinia

Baseball in the Jaws of War

The Eye of the Pig

Montefiascone at Nettuno

The Music of the Mound

Father Baseball

The Fires of Rome


The Eternal Game

Nettuno at Roma

Mike the Duck Must Die

Salerno at Nettuno


The Italian

Palermo at Nettuno

If They Dont Win, Its a Shame

The Night of the Wolves

Coming Home


Epilogue: A Play at the Plate


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Helen, April 25, 2007 (view all comments by Helen)
It looks like baseball, but because it's in Italy, the uniforms are worn more stylishly, the snacks at the game are better, and even the trash talk sounds elegant. This book that pretends to be about baseball is as much about a young Canadian family living in small-town Italy for six months. Under the Tuscan Sun meets Moneyball. Bravo!
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Bidini, Dave
McClelland & Stewart
Baseball - Essays & Writings
Essays & Travelogues
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
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"Review" by , "Perfect for any baseball fan, especially those who still look for the artistry and poetry of the game."
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"Review" by , "You'll find that you don't want Baseballissimo to end..."
"Review" by , "The sheer charm of Baseballissimo won me over."
"Review" by , "Bidini is a terrific writer — funny, clever, passionate."
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