Players from Yokohama Minami warm up before the start of a practice game between the Shonan Boys and the Yokohama Minami in Yokosuka, Japan. Baseball is hugely popular today in Japan. Photo: Getty Images Players from Yokohama Minami warm up before the start of a practice game between the Shonan Boys and the Yokohama Minami in Yokosuka, Japan. Baseball is hugely popular today in Japan. Photo: Getty Images
Players from Yokohama Minami warm up before the start of a practice game between the Shonan Boys and the Yokohama Minami in Yokosuka, Japan. Baseball is hugely popular today in Japan. Photo: Getty Images

How baseball became a national Japanese pastime and spawned fans like no other

  • Baseball was introduced to Japan by an American civil war veteran in 1871 and became the country’s first team sport
  • One theory behind its popularity is the appeal in the duel between pitcher and batter, which evokes comparison with battling samurai warriors of old

Topic |   Japan
Players from Yokohama Minami warm up before the start of a practice game between the Shonan Boys and the Yokohama Minami in Yokosuka, Japan. Baseball is hugely popular today in Japan. Photo: Getty Images Players from Yokohama Minami warm up before the start of a practice game between the Shonan Boys and the Yokohama Minami in Yokosuka, Japan. Baseball is hugely popular today in Japan. Photo: Getty Images
Players from Yokohama Minami warm up before the start of a practice game between the Shonan Boys and the Yokohama Minami in Yokosuka, Japan. Baseball is hugely popular today in Japan. Photo: Getty Images
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