In Iran, a spark of enthusiasm for America’s national pastime

By Jason Rezaian, July 17, 2014

TEHRAN — Down a dirt road in a back corner of a vast Tehran sports complex, several dozen young men recently took part in tryouts for Iran’s national baseball team.

These ballplayers, some of them fasting for the holy month of Ramadan in the scorching July heat, are part of a small but growing number of Iranians taking up America’s pastime despite long odds.

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