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1931 All-Stars Visit Japan

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1931 All-Stars Visit Japan
In my readings about the baseball connections between Japan and the US during the 1930s, I have run into a number of discrepancies in the accounts. Two small discrepancies concern the 1931 all-star trip (not the more famous one in '34). As far as I can determine, this was Lefty O'Doul's first visit to Japan, and led to his employment by Herb Hunter to return the following year with Ted Lyons and Moe Berg to teach baseball to collegians.

The discrepancies: Only John Holway lists Jimmie Foxx among the players in '31, but I have not seen a full roster. I tend to believe Foxx made his only visit in '34. Gehrig, on the other hand, certainly made both trips, though one suspects he might have wished he stayed home with his new bride in '34.

Most accounts credit Yomiuri President Matsutaro Shoriki with sponsorship of both visits, but one account said that the Asahi sponsored the '31 visit. I tend to give more credence to the latter, and believe that Shoriki in '34 was trying to outdo his rival with his coup of getting Babe Ruth to come.

If anyone can shed further light on these points (Foxx and Yomiuri/Asahi), I hope you will share your thoughts.
Re: 1931 All-Stars Visit Japan
[ Author: Guest: Rob Fitts | Posted: May 10, 2008 10:43 AM ]

No, Foxx was not on the 1931 tour, just '34. Yomiuri sponsored both the '31 and '34 tours.
Re: 1931 All-Stars Visit Japan
[ Author: Guest: bob | Posted: Dec 30, 2012 11:19 PM ]

[I realize that this is an old thread, but I just need to add this.]

A friend gave me a baseball that has the logo for "6 University League of Tokyo" on it and it is autographed by the 1931 all star team. Mickey Cochran did not sign this ball, and Jimmy Foxx did not sign this baseball either. John Reardon (travel umpire) did sign the ball. I have never seen Foxx on a roster of this team.
Re: 1931 All-Stars Visit Japan
[ Author: Guest: rob fitts | Posted: Feb 2, 2013 4:27 AM ]

That's a really nice friend!

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