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Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination by Robert K. Fitts

By Robert K. Fitts

In November 1934 because the usa and Japan drifted towards struggle, a workforce of yankee League all-stars that incorporated Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, destiny undercover agent Moe Berg, and Connie Mack barnstormed around the Land of the emerging sunlight. thousands of enthusiasts, many waving eastern and American flags, welcomed the group with shouts of “Banzai! Banzai, Babe Ruth!” The all-stars stayed for a month, taking part in 18 video games, spawning expert baseball in Japan, and spreading goodwill.

Politicians on each side of the Pacific was hoping that the amity generated via the tour—and the 2 countries’ shared love of the game—could support heal their growing to be political changes. however the Babe and baseball couldn't conquer Japan’s starting to be nationalism, as a bloody coup d’état via younger military officials and an assassination test by way of the ultranationalist battle Gods Society jeopardized the tour’s good fortune. A story of overseas intrigue, espionage, tried homicide, and, in fact, baseball, Banzai Babe Ruth is the 1st designated account of the doomed try and reconcile the us and Japan in the course of the 1934 All American baseball travel. Robert okay. Fitts presents an excellent tale approximately baseball, nationalism, and American and eastern cultural background.

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