The Meaning of Ichiro: The New Wave from Japan and the Transformation of Our National Pastime
By Robert Whiting
Grand Central Publishing, 2004
It’s been a few years since I’ve read this, but I recall it as being the best biographical work covering Ichiro’s life and career up through his first few seasons in Seattle. Author Robert Whiting looks at American baseball not only from Ichiro’s perspective, but also from his countrymen who’ve made the leap across the Pacific to the majors. It’s a fitting companion to Whiting’s 1989 classic You Gotta Have Wa, an excellent overview of the history and culture of Japanese baseball from the perspective of American expats playing there. A used copy can be yours for as little as one cent (plus shipping) on Amazon.