Posted 5 years ago
Baseball has long been a big deal in Japan, dating at least to the trip by US stars to take on the Japanese in 1934. It was definitely a big deal by 1949 when the San Francisco Seals traveled there for a goodwill tour. An exhibit at the Society of California Pioneers that I visited last week shows all of this.
The first picture is of Kikuji Hirayama, an all-star outfielder of the Tokyo Giants. It is from a 1949 Baseball Club Magazine.
The second two pictures are from a Japanese scorecard from a game. You think an English scorecard is hard to read (how many of you could explain a 3U or a FC 5-4 RBI or a 6-4-3 DP?) imagine trying to read this not knowing Japanese!
From my recent trip to the Society of California Pioneers...