Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan

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Illustrations

Poster for the 1934 All American tour Tadao Ichioka and Herb Hunter Lefty O’Doul during the 1931 tour of Japan

Matsutaro Shoriki, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig

Sotaro Suzuki and Connie Mack

Jimmy Horio

Welcoming parade through Ginza on November 2, 1934

Babe Ruth during the welcoming parade

Visit to the Meiji Shrine

Babe Ruth with tempura chef Hige no Tempei and his assistant

Matsutaro Shoriki, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Grew, Marquis Nobutsune Okuma, and Babe Ruth

Umpire John Quinn and players

The All Americans

Kumeyasu Yajima bows to umpire John Quinn

Babe Ruth and Julia Ruth

Jimmie Foxx and Babe Ruth

Sotaro Suzuki, an unidentified All Nippon player, Lou Gehrig, Hisanori Karita, and Babe Ruth

June O’Dea Gomez, Babe Ruth, and John Quinn

John Quinn

Capt. Koji Muranaka

Lt. Asaichi Isobe

Eiji Sawamura

The All Americans outside Nagoya Castle

Visiting Nara

Babe Ruth clowns with kids

The All Americans survey the field at Kokura

Babe Ruth plays while holding an umbrella

Victor Starffin

Moe Berg holding his movie camera

Masao Date

Osamu Mihara

Shigeo Mizuhara

Hisanori Karita

Toshiharu Inokawa

Eiji Sawamura

MAP xi

Map of Japan with locations of games

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations viii
  • Recurring Japanese Characters ix
  • Prologue xiii
  • Part 1 - "When I Say I’Ll Do Something, I Bet My Life on It." 1
  • 1 3
  • 2 12
  • 3 22
  • 4 31
  • 5 34
  • 6 39
  • 7 43
  • 8 55
  • 9 65
  • Part 2 - "Babe Ruth… Is a Great Deal More Effective Ambassador Than I Could Ever Be." 83
  • 10 85
  • 11 88
  • 12 98
  • 13 104
  • 14 113
  • 15 120
  • 16 131
  • 17 137
  • 18 142
  • Part 3 - "The Japanese Are Equal to the Americans in Strength of Spirit." 179
  • 19 181
  • 20 183
  • 21 196
  • 22 198
  • 23 208
  • 24 210
  • Part 4 - "There Will Be No War between the United States and Japan." 219
  • 25 221
  • 26 229
  • 27 234
  • 28 240
  • 29 249
  • Part 5 - "To Hell with Babe Ruth!" 259
  • 30 261
  • 31 266
  • 32 271
  • 33 281
  • 34 284
  • 35 293
  • Appendix 1- The All American Touring Party 299
  • Appendix 2- Tour Batting and Pitching Statistics 301
  • Appendix 3- Tour Game Line Scores 303
  • Acknowledgments 307
  • Notes 311
  • Bibliography 325
  • Index 335
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