Isaac Meyer

Historian, teacher, podcaster

Episode 13 – Take Me Out to the Shiai

This week, we have our very first thematic podcast. It’s a great story of victory and defeat, racism and acceptance, international relations, and most importantly of all: baseball!

I hope you’ll enjoy listening to this story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Give it a listen here, and tell me what you think!

Sources

Roden, Donald, “Baseball and the Quest for National Dignity in Meiji Japan.” The American Historical Review 85, No. 3 (June, 1980), 511-534.

Images (courtesy of the Wikimedia Foundation)

Ichiko in the first decade of the 20th century (a few years after the Yokohama-Ichiko games).

Ichiko in the first decade of the 20th century (a few years after the Yokohama-Ichiko games).

The old Ichiko building is now part of the Tokyo University campus.

The old Ichiko building is now part of the Tokyo University campus.

The first pitch at the inaugural Japan High School Baseball Tournament in 1915. Only tangentially relevant, but I do love those outfits.

The first pitch at the inaugural Japan High School Baseball Tournament in 1915. Only tangentially relevant, but I do love those outfits.

The site of the Yokohama Athletic Club is now Yokohama Stadium, home of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

The site of the Yokohama Athletic Club is now Yokohama Stadium, home of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

The 2007 Japan High School Baseball Championships. Baseball remains incredibly popular in modern Japan.

The 2007 Japan High School Baseball Championships. Baseball remains incredibly popular in modern Japan.

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2 Comments

  1. Gen

    Awesome episode. I’d always wanted to learn more about the history of baseball in Japan.

  2. PDS

    This is a great podcast. As are the other episodes.

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