This day in baseball

In 1905, a team of Waseda University students visited the United States and conducted a tour in which it played American baseball teams up and down the West coast.  One of those games, on May 17th, was against Los Angeles High School, which Waseda won 5-3.  According to some sources, this was the first game of a tour that included games in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno, Eugene, Oregon, and Seattle (other sources cite a start date from April of that year).  Regardless, the tour marked the first time that a Japanese team played baseball in the United States.

waseda 1910

1910 Waseda baseball team (Library of Congress)


This day in baseball

The first game between an American and a Japanese professional baseball team was played on November 22, 1908.  In the game, the Reach All-Americans defeated Waseda University in Tokyo, 5-0.

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