Lang Akana

Lang Akana, of Hawaiian and Chinese ancestry, was a promising young pitcher in Honolulu in 1914 when Walt McCredie, manager of the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League, tried to recruit him. McCredie’s players revolted, threatening to boycott, and he reluctantly declared he would drop Akana. A century later, Major League Baseball appreciates that the success of baseball in China depends to some extent on the development of Chinese players who can compete in the major leagues. (BAIN NEWS SERVICE, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)