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This Week In Baseball History

Apr 15, 2020

Baseball does not belong to one country or to one people, and hasn't since the game was exported to and adopted by Japan in the late 19th century. With special guest Robert Fitts (@robfitts), author of the new book Issei Baseball, Mike and Bill trace its movement across the Pacific and back again to the first professional team of Japanese players, who took the field for the first time in Kansas 114 years ago this week, and how the game helped to build cohesion within the Japanese and Japanese-American immigrant community in America. Plus, happy birthday to Marquis Grissom and Rich Rollins!