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Exhibition Baseball Americana

Tai Sing Loo, photographer. Chinese Baseball Team Tour of the United States, 1913, ca. 1914. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (117.00.00)

Hawaiian Travelers Tour America

Dubbed “the Hawaiian Travelers” and advertised as the baseball club of the (non-existent) “Chinese University of Hawaii,” teams comprising players of Chinese descent and a few with Hawaiian, Japanese, or European backgrounds barnstormed across the United States from 1912 to 1916. Hawaiian businesses sponsored the venture to boost trade, tourism, and friendly racial relations. This composite photograph commemorating the 1913 tour reports the team’s record of 103-40-1 playing college, semi-pro and professional teams. Flashy third baseman Lai Tin, at top left, was especially popular with American spectators.