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Paula Morton provides a fun concise introduction to jai alai a fast paced ball game with ancient roots that is admired by fans for the sport's power and spectacle Cesta punta as the game is known in its Basue homeland became a phenomenon during the twentieth century as organized jai alai spread from Spain into t.

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St essays and historic photographs offer extensive insight into the sport's fascinating history Morton further explores the players and venues providing a carefully crafted and thoroughly researched look into jai alai Sports lovers and cultural history enthusiasts will marvel at the sport's uniue history and rea.

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    For many of us it is hard to imagine the effect of rubber on our lives in part because its very ubiuity makes it difficult to imagine a world before rubber The game at the heart of Paula Morton’s engaging exploration of Jai Alai is the product of the introduction of rubber balls into Spain during the early years of its colonisation of Central America The Iberian Peninsula – the modern states of Spain Portugal – have given the world a plethora of ball sports often simply called pelota ball but often marked in some way – such as the now codified sport Pelota Mixteca Jai Alai derived from the Basue lands that straddle the contemporary borders of Spain and France although of neither of those countries is just one of those pastimes Like suash it is derived from a form of handball involving hitting a ball against a wall and playing off the return – a sport still widely played in the Basue lands as is Jai Alai and a version of the game using a small wooden bat In Jai Alai the game is played with a wicker scoop strapped to the hand yet its kinship to those handball games known in English public school and their colonial off shoots as ‘fives’ is obviousMorton sets out to explore two aspects of Jai Alai its presence in North America and its shifting profiles There is little here that explores the significance of the game in the Basue lands although there is some insightful reflection on the impacts of the game’s commodification in the USA on its homelands She does so through a combination of archival and secondary publication research and oral histories and in doing so provides a thoughtful introduction to game and its cultural presence She shows clearly how it followed Basue migration patterns both into South America and specific locales in the USA where there was a sizable Basue populationYet the key path leading to its presence follows the money not the people so went via Cuba and then into the USA – initially via the St Louis Exhibition of 1904 a commercial failure – eventually with a powerful presence in Florida in the early 1930 where during the 1960s and into the 1980s it was a major sport and entertainment site A vital factor in its profile was its links to gambling with its areas of strength – Florida Connecticut – being states where it was included in the activities where pari mutuel gambling was permitted Morton argues that while this was essential for its development it also accounts in part for its decline in that other options developed in other settings where outcomes were faster and returns uicker Yet this is not just a book about a marginal pastime and gambling Morton has built a sense of the cultural richness and complexity of the sport drawing on former professional players and administrators on casino employees where the game has long been part of the Florida scene academics and commentators to build a picture of a culturally rich practice where spectacle in large part accounts for its wider appeal This then is a parallel to many other ‘fringe’ sports where there is also a small but loyal amateur participant base alongside a large less engaged audience – even though this parallel is barely hinted at it is hard not to see The book itself occupies a slightly ambiguous zone On the one hand it is a well crafted historical analysis that shows a sport that grew because an earlier form of globalisation 19th and early 20th century colonisation came into being because of an earlier form of imperialism rubber extraction and is now threatened by contemporary corporate globalisation All the way through Morton draws out alludes to and builds her case around the global networks in which Jai Alai sits there are other strands such as organised crime For instance she makes the point that the development of the sport as a full year game in the USA derived the Basue lands of its best players in their home season leading to a decline in the status of the game there Yet the book is published with an eye to a wider audience meaning that it many of the aspects I would look for in academic writing – clear referencing and comments on source reliability and credibility for instance are not present to the extent I’d like to seeEven so it is an engaging read a fine introduction to an otherwise little known pastime and a rich insight into both the banal effects of globalisation and of a marginal sport struggling to survive in a competitive entertainment world I’m looking forward to further work that draws on the complexities of the links to the sport in the Basue lands


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