Asahi All-Stars vs. Rikkio, 1921

Tour of Japan

Baseball is booming

Baseball's popularity in Japan increased dramatically in the early 1920s. University teams had played the sport since the late 19th century. Starting in 1905 teams toured the United States, and later Canada. Dr. Nomura told the Vancouver Sun newspaper that "baseball in Japan is booming," and that Japan had created the world's first baseball college.


Horii catching, Vancouver Asahi All-Stars vs. Rikkio at Shibaura Ball Park, Tokyo, Japan, 1921. Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family.