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    1959, Sadaharu Oh Rookie (HOF)/Shigeo Nagashima (HOF)

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    Babe Ruth homers in 3rd game of U.S. All Stars vs. Japan All Stars- 1934
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    Babe Ruth scores after homering in 3rd game of U.S. All Stars vs. Japan All Stars- 1934

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    Averill homers off Japanese legend Sawamura scoring Foxx- 1934

    with HOF catcher Kuji in crouch. Kuji was killed during a game in 1939.

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    1947.
    Haruyasu Nakajima (HOF

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    1949 San Francisco Seals Japan Tour . Betto (HOF), Fujimura (HOF), Steinhauer, Werle
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    1949 S.F. Seals Iida & Westlake.

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    1959 Sadaharu Oh
    Rookie-pitching!
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    1958, 1959 Shigeo Nagashima (HOF) and 1959 Sadaharu Oh
    Sadaharu Oh (HOF) Rookie
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    Ball Used On The 1934 Tour Of Japan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKIE42


    Babe Ruth homers in 3rd game of U.S. All Stars vs. Japan All Stars- 1934
    do you know what the result/score of this AS series was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackout805
    do you know what the result/score of this AS series was?
    No, i don't.

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    Japanese baseball star Kuzuhisa Inao. Inao, one of the greatest picthers in Japanese baseball history, was twice voted league MVP. 1950

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackout805
    do you know what the result/score of this AS series was?
    According to http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/ne..._mlb&fext=.jsp , the Americans won all sixteen games, by the combined score of 181-36 despite winning their game against 17-year-old Eiji Sawamura by 1-0 on a seventh inning homer by Gehrig.

    Jim Albright

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    Japanese Base Ball Association - tour of 1911

    I am researching the professional Japanese team that toured the Midwest in 1911 - any information would be greatly appreciated. I have found information on the Waseda and KEIO college teams that toured the US that year and will probably find more if you are interested. Thanks, Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by runscott
    I am researching the professional Japanese team that toured the Midwest in 1911 - any information would be greatly appreciated. I have found information on the Waseda and KEIO college teams that toured the US that year and will probably find more if you are interested. Thanks, Scott
    http://japanesebaseball.com/xwiki/bi...edaTourAmerica

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    1927— A team of Negro League all-stars becomes the first professional team to play in Japan. The players are threatened with expulsion from the white-owned Eastern Colored League if they make the trip, although no significant action is ever taken against them. The black players, or kokujin, are extremely popular in Japan, particularly catcher Biz Mackey, who later makes two more Japanese trips with the Philadelphia Stars.

    1934— Another American all-star team tours Japan. This one includes Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and, of course, O’Doul. Also on the trip is catcher Moe Berg, who, unbeknownst to his teammates, uses the trip as a cover to spy on Japanese structures for the OSS. Ruth is a big hit in Japan, but is struck out three times in one game by 17-year old pitcher Eiji Sawamura, who quickly becomes a national hero.

    1942— On February 19, President Franklin Roosevelt issues Executive Order 9066, banishing persons of Japanese ancestry, including native-born Americans, to internment camps for the duration of World War II. Baseball teams quickly are formed in the camps, providing a small measure of enjoyment for those imprisoned. “More and more people are hating the Japs, it appears, which is a source of great elation to umpire Babe Pinelli of the National League,” the Sporting News writes on September 10. “Ever since he was a little boy in San Francisco, Babe says he has hated ALL Japs and long before Pearl Harbor he tried to convert everybody he knew to the same kind of hatred.”


    1944— As World War II drags on, baseball is banned in Japan as an undesirable enemy influence. On November 2, Eiji Sawamura, the pitcher who had become a hero in Japan by striking out Babe Ruth, is killed in action in the Pacific.






    1964— On September 1, 20-year-old Giants reliever Masanori Murakami becomes the first Japanese player in major league history. He compiles a 5-1 record with a 3.43 ERA over two seasons before his family convinces him to return to the Japanese League.
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    Thanks - great site! I'm looking for a professional team

    The team I am researching was called the "Japanese Base Ball Association" - all players were Japanese except one Indian and one Caucasian. They primarily played semi-pro teams, but I found at least one instance of an Iowa town sending a mixed college/minor league team against them. I'm interested primarily in where they originated (Japan, Seattle, San Francisco, etc.), where they toured other than the U.S., and player biographies (doubt that's possible).

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    Quote Originally Posted by runscott
    The team I am researching was called the "Japanese Base Ball Association" - all players were Japanese except one Indian and one Caucasian. They primarily played semi-pro teams, but I found at least one instance of an Iowa town sending a mixed college/minor league team against them. I'm interested primarily in where they originated (Japan, Seattle, San Francisco, etc.), where they toured other than the U.S., and player biographies (doubt that's possible).
    Good luck.

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    Waseda University baseball team visits U.S., in Honolulu- 1911
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    Waseda University - catchers; J. Nagano, J. Kuji- 1911

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    Waseda University- 1911

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    Japanese Americans observe an amateur baseball game. 1943
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    Roger Maris and Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh.
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    Roger Maris and Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh.
    The other guy looks more like Shigeo Nagashima.


    At least its the battle of the crewcuts.

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