Event | Lectures and Symposia Playing and Talking about Baseball Across the Pacific

Date and Location

Part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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A panel of experts will discuss how American baseball has influenced and been influenced by Japanese culture since the 19th century.

  • Dr. Robert K. Fitts, author of several books on Japanese baseball including Wally Yonamine: The Man Who Changed Japanese Baseball (2008), Banzai Babe Ruth (2012), and Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer (2015).
  • Professor William W. Kelly, professor of sociocultural anthropology at Yale University, a noted authority on the social and historical anthropology of Japan and the author of forthcoming The Sports World of the Hanshin Tigers: Professional Baseball in Modern Japan (2019).
  • Professor Chandra Manning, professor of U.S. history teaching the history of baseball course at Georgetown University, author of What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War (2007), Avery O. Craven Prize awarded by the Organization of American Historians, earned Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Prize and the Virginia Literary Awards for Nonfiction, and was a finalist for the Jefferson Davis Prize and the Frederick Douglass Prize, and Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War (2016).
  • Mr. Bill Staples, Jr., author of Kenichi Zenimura: Japanese American Baseball Pioneer (2011).
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