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

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Notes

PROLOGUE

1. New York Times, November 3, 1934, 9, January 6, 1935, S7.


CHAPTER 1

1. Biographical details about Shoriki come from Uhlan and Thomas, Shoriki.

2. Uhlan and Thomas, Shoriki, 83.

3. Robertson, “Blood Talks.”

4. Details of this conversation are from Izumino, Matsutaro Shoriki. Translated for the author by Takamitsu Tanaka.

5. Kiku, “Japanese Baseball Spirit,” 38–39.

6. Elfers, Tour to End All Tours, 10.

7. Elfers, Tour to End All Tours, 108–22.

8. Sporting News, October 20, 1932.

9. Sporting News, January 14, 1923, 4.

10. Richter, Reach Official American League Guide, 495–98.

11. Michael J. Haupert, personal communication, September 18, 2008.

12. Sporting News, January 24, 1923, 4.

13. Sayama, “Their Throws.”

14. Izumino, Matsutaro Shoriki, 11–13.


CHAPTER 2

1. Montville, The Big Bam; Ruth and Slocom, The Babe and I.

2. Details of Sotaro Suzuki’s life prior to 1930 come from an interview conducted on June 7, 2009, with Masaru Hatano, who is writing a Japanese-language biography of Suzuki.

3. LaFeber, The Clash, 147–59.

4. Sporting News, February 16, 1922, 1.

5. Telegram of November 20, 1930, reprinted in Ikei, Hakkyu Taiheiyo o Wataru, 108–9.

6. Sporting News, January 1, 1931, 3.

7. Lieb, Baseball as I Have Known It, 198.

8. Izumino, Matsutaro Shoriki, 23–33.

9. Lieb, Baseball as I Have Known It, 198.

10. Considine and Ruth, The Babe Ruth Story, 185–86.

11. Although Fred Lieb states that the admiral was a member of the Japanese

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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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