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Sayonara Home Run!: The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card
John Gall (au); Gary Engel (au); Steven Heller (fr)
Baseball was introduced to Japan shortly after it took hold in the U.S. & it has been a point of intense national pride. Its history has many great stars & shares intriguing moments with the American game, incl.: Eiji Sawamura, who struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, & Jimmy Foxx in succession during an internat. all-star game; & Sadaharu Oh, who hit 100 more home runs than Hank Aaron. Showcases the colorful baseball cards produced in Japan from the early 1900s through the 1960s, using the cards to discuss great players & moments in Japanese baseball history, & the special role of foreign players on Japanese teams. Includes primers on the differences in the Japanese game, key player biographies, & a lexicon of Japanese baseball terms. Illus.
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