Banzai Babe Ruth

Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan
Fitts, Robert K., 1965- (Book - 2012 )
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Banzai Babe Ruth

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In November 1934 as the United States and Japan drifted toward war, a team of American League all-stars that included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, future secret agent Moe Berg, and Connie Mack barnstormed across the Land of the Rising Sun. Hundreds of thousands of fans, many waving Japanese and American flags, welcomed the team with shouts of “Banzai! Banzai, Babe Ruth!” The all-stars stayed for a month, playing 18 games, spawning professional baseball in Japan, and spreading goodwill.

Politicians on both sides of the Pacific hoped that the amity generated by the tour—and the two nations’ shared love of the game—could help heal their growing political differences. But the Babe and baseball could not overcome Japan’s growing nationalism, as a bloody coup d’état by young army officers and an assassination attempt by the ultranationalist War Gods Society jeopardized the tour’s success. A tale of international intrigue, espionage, attempted murder, and, of course, baseball, Banzai Babe Ruth is the first detailed account of the doomed attempt to reconcile the United States and Japan through the 1934 All American baseball tour. Robert K. Fitts provides a wonderful story about baseball, nationalism, and American and Japanese cultural history.

Authors: Fitts, Robert K., 1965-
Statement of Responsibility: Robert K. Fitts
Title: Banzai Babe Ruth
baseball, espionage, & assassination during the 1934 tour of Japan
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2012
Characteristics: xvi, 319 p., [26] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Baseball United States History 20th century Baseball Japan History 20th century Ruth, Babe, 1895-1948 Sports and state United States United States Foreign relations 20th century Civilization American influences
Topical Term: Baseball
Sports and state
LCCN: 2011027373
ISBN: 9780803229846
Branch Call Number: 796.357 F
Research Call Number: JFE 12-2581
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