In 1929 Detroit, Henry Ford was laying off workers by the thousands. At the same time in Gorky, Russia, he began construction on the world’s largest auto factory. The Great Depression didn’t affect the Soviet Union. During the ’30s, in fact, tens of thousands of Americans (known as “Yanks for Stalin”) emigrated there in search of work. Baseball enjoyed a brief heyday in Russia because of them — until it was banned as a capitalist sport and the... More >>>