Playing with the Big Boys: Basketball, American Imperialism, and Subaltern Discourse in the Philippines

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From Baseball Colony
to Basketball Republic
Postcolonial Transition and National
Sporting Culture

The games people play are as valid a barometer of any culture
as politics, religion, economics, or history. Inversely, then, so
too, are the games people refuse to play.

—Joseph A. Reaves

Following Reaves, this chapter presents a comparative sociohistorical analysis juxtaposing basketball with baseball, which represents the game that Filipinos “refuse to play.” The discussion highlights the sports’ historical trajectories in the formation of a national sporting culture in the Philippines, following a time line roughly spanning the early American and early post-independent periods (1900–1960). Punctuated by the two World Wars and other key events, this time span also marked a significant period in Philippine sports history. The tumultuous era witnessed a largely overlooked course of events that saw the decline of baseball as the country’s favorite pastime and the rise of basketball in its place. The displacement of the diamond by the hardwood, in spite of the former’s entrenchment as the Philippines’ pioneering sporting pastime, illustrates how a society’s sports space “is not ‘filled’ simply on a first-come, first-served basis.”1 It highlights the contested

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