The Shared National Pastime: San Diego’s First Japanese Ball Game

By Robert K. Fitts

This article was published in the 2019 The National Pastime.

In 1905, the Waseda University baseball club from Tokyo became the first foreign team to tour the United States. Waseda’s popularity introduced Japanese baseball to white Americans and turned many Issei into baseball fans and players. Inspired by the publicity surrounding the tour, Guy Green decided to create a barnstorming team of Japanese players. He recruited a squad of Issei from the West Coast and sent them on a 150-plus-game tour of the Midwest. They would be the first professional Japanese team on either side of the Pacific. . . .

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