Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, Volume II: 1960-2019

SABR Digital Library: Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1960-2019 (Volume 2)

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Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, 1960-2019 (Volume 2)
Edited by Robert K. Fitts, Bill Nowlin, and James Forr
Associate editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-960819-14-7, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-960819-15-4, $39.95
8.5″ x 11″, 355 pages

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japanese baseball, the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) has published the two-volume set, Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, Volumes 1 and 2. Over 100 baseball teams from the United States and Hawaii have crossed the Pacific to play baseball in Japan since 1906. Nichibei Yakyu, Volumes 1 and 2, are the first works in English that focus on these international tours. Volume 1 focused on early tours until 1958. Volume 2 focuses on the latter portion of the 20th century and the 21st.

Since 1960 these tours have featured World Series champions like the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine, and have even incorporated the official Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season, as well as triumphant returns to Japan for stars such as Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui. These tours helped spread the game across the globe, spawned thousands of individual friendships, and helped bring nations together through the mutual love of baseball.

Volume 2 contains chapters on all 29 major league squads that traveled to Japan from 1960 to 2019. Each chapter is accompanied by game results and player statistics. Also included for the first time in any language are tables showing the all-time leaders from the Japan tours in various statistical categories, as well as the statistics of selected Japanese players against major league competition.

Contributors include: Shane Barclay, Carter Cromwell, Coop Daley, Robert K. Fitts, Andrew Forbes, James Forr, Robert F. Garratt, Chris Hicks, Mark Kanter, Mark Langill, Len Levin, Susan Miyagi McCormac, Andy McCue, Scott Melesky, Roberta J. Newman, Bill Nowlin, Trevor Raichura, Carl Riechers, Robert Kiyoshi Shadlow, Dennis Snelling, Elias Toney, Henry Tran, Steven Treder, Dave Wilkie, and Blair Williams.


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Originally published: November 27, 2023. Last Updated: November 28, 2023.