I always wondered why American baseball’s championship games were called the World Series. Until April 15, 1949, when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, the game was not only national but segregated. In recent decades, players have been recruited from around the world and exhibition games have been played in Europe and Asia, but the World Series is still American.
Last March, Italian illustrator Francesco Zorzi was commissioned by Hemisphere magazine’s art director Rickard Westin to create a series illustrating the “The Hemi guide to the World Baseball Classic.” Twisting a few stereotypes, Zorzi reveals how the great American pastime has taken root in 16 other countries.
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