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Suquamish Ill fated 1921 Japan Tour

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Suquamish Ill fated 1921 Japan Tour
The March 23, 2003 Tacoma News Tribune [Link] Dave Boling column related details of the 1921 Spalding sponsored Suquamish Indian tribe's trip to Japan.

The Washington State team lost all 13 balls overboard on the 10 day ocean trip. They were treated "like kings" but were uncomfortable with the "raw fish and rice" diet. They felt the Japanese tried to keep them drunk with sake. The team manager absconded with all their money. Then a Suquamish pitch hit and killed a Japanese player. Suquamish won most of their games in Japan despite all of their misfortunes.

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