From BaseballHall.org on November 10, 2014, with mention of SABR members Tom Shieber and Rob Fitts:
As Major League Baseball stars like Robinson Cano and Albert Pujols embark on a 10-day tour of Japan this November, footage of a 1934 journey to the Far East has been digitally preserved at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
And while the headliner of that historic 1934 tour was Babe Ruth, it was another slugging future Hall of Famer – Jimmie Foxx – who filmed these recently uncovered moments that tell the story of a remarkable journey.
In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the 1934 tour, the Hall of Fame has digitized eight millimeter black-and-white film taken by Foxx and his wife, Helen, during a 12-city, 22-game tour that took place in November and December of 1934. The original film featured more than 20 minutes of footage of on-the-field and off-the-field activities as the American visitors played the role of baseball stars as well as tourists and ambassadors of good will.
Read the full article here: http://baseballhall.org/discover/1934-japan-tour-footage-uncovered
- Related link: Rob Fitts won the 2013 SABR Seymour Medal for Banzai Babe Ruth, about the 1934 U.S.-Japan baseball tour
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Originally published: November 10, 2014. Last Updated: November 10, 2014.