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Baseball was introduced to Japan in 1872 by Horace Wilson, and the first formal team was established in 1878, and it has been a popular sport since. It is called 野球 (やきゅう; yakyū) in Japanese, combining the characters for field and ball. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Professional baseball in Japan first started in the 1920s, but it wasnt until the Greater Japan Tokyo Baseball Club ) was established in 1934 that the modern professional game had continued success. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... Year 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Horace Wilson was an American professor of English at Tokyo University (then named Kaisei Gakko) during the modernization of Japan after the Meiji Restoration. ... 1878 (MDCCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ...


In 1913 and in 1922, American baseball stars visited Japan and played games against university students. They also held clinics on technique. A retired major league player, Herb Hunter, made eight trips to Japan from 1922 to 1932 organizing games and coaching clinics.


It is played at all age levels but most widely in junior high schools and senior high schools. In March and August, two tournaments are held in Koshien Stadium for senior high school teams that win a prefectural tournament. Hanshin Kōshien Stadium during the 1992 Kōshien tournament View from the Alps stands In Japan, high school baseball (高校野球: kōkō yakyū) generally refers to baseball tournaments played by high schools nationwide culminating at a final tournament at Hanshin Kōshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Japan. ... Hanshin Kōshien Stadium (阪神甲子園球場, Hanshin Kōshien Kyūjō) is a baseball park located near Kobe in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. ...


The highest level of competition is Nippon Professional Baseball, started in 1920. It is called Puro Yakyū (プロ野球), meaning Professional Baseball. Part of the History of baseball series. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


In 2005 the Japan Samurai Bears began play in the Golden Baseball League, becoming the first Japanese team in an American professional baseball league. The Japan Samurai Bears were a Golden Baseball League based in the Arizona Division. ... The Golden Baseball League, based in Pleasanton, California, is a professional, independent baseball league which operates in the Western United States. ...


Several manga have baseball as their subject matter, including Touch and Major. Manga )   (pl. ... Vol. ... Major ) is a manga series by Takuya Mitsuda. ...


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Japanese baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1500 words)
Baseball has been a popular sport in Japan for over a century since its introduction in 1872.
Japanese professional baseball consists of two leagues, the Central League and the Pacific League.
Baseball was introduced to Japan in 1872 by Horace Wilson, and its first formal team was established in 1878.
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