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

By Robert K. Fitts

ISBN-10: 0803229844

ISBN-13: 9780803229846

ISBN-10: 1522679340

ISBN-13: 9781522679349

In November 1934 because the usa and Japan drifted towards warfare, a workforce of yank League all-stars that integrated Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, destiny undercover agent Moe Berg, and Connie Mack barnstormed around the Land of the emerging solar. millions of lovers, many waving jap 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 either side of the Pacific was hoping that the amity generated by way of the tour—and the 2 international locations’ shared love of the game—could support heal their starting to be political changes. however the Babe and baseball couldn't conquer Japan’s becoming nationalism, as a bloody coup d’état by means of younger military officials and an assassination try via the ultranationalist struggle Gods Society jeopardized the tour’s luck. A story of overseas intrigue, espionage, tried homicide, and, after all, baseball, Banzai Babe Ruth is the 1st distinctive account of the doomed try and reconcile the us and Japan throughout the 1934 All American baseball journey. Robert ok. Fitts presents an excellent tale approximately baseball, nationalism, and American and jap cultural background.

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