Baseball Conference on Asian Baseball to be Held at Michigan State University

The Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University will hold a one-day baseball conference April 1, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The conference will focus on the importance of baseball in Japan, and on the growing influence of Japanese players in Major League Baseball. This conference will highlight the common love of baseball shared by Japanese and American fans alongside the different ways the game is played on an off the field.

The Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University will hold a one-day baseball conference April 1, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The conference will focus on the importance of baseball in Japan, and on the growing influence of Japanese players in Major League Baseball. This conference will highlight the common love of baseball shared by Japanese and American fans alongside the different ways the game is played on an off the field. The aim is to give attendees a greater understanding of the globalization of the “national pastime” and to use baseball as a vehicle for understanding cultural similarities and differences.

Scheduled participants include:

Robert Whiting – Author of You Gotta Have Wa, and The Meaning of Ichiro.

Robert Fitts – Author Remembering Japanese Baseball: An Oral History of the Game, and a forthcoming biography on Wally Yonamine.

Robert Smaal – Producer and director of a forthcoming documentary on Wally Yonamine



Originally published: February 24, 2006. Last Updated: February 24, 2006.

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