野球双六. [Yakyū sugoroku]. [Baseball Sugoroku Game]. ASAHI GANGU, アサヒ玩具.

野球双六. [Yakyū sugoroku].
[Baseball Sugoroku Game].

アサヒ玩具. [Asahi Gangu]. Circa [ 1950]. Stock ID #173869

Small colourful sugoroku game sheet, 27 x 39 cm, a few chips at corners otherwise a very good copy.

This colourful sugoroku game features Japanese baseball players who were very popular in the early 1950s. Though one might naturally assume that baseball came to Japan during the U.S. occupation after World War II, this quintessential American sport was actually one of Japan’s earliest Western imports, during the Meiji Restoration, having arrived in the archipelago in 1872. Brought by an American, the sport was quickly adopted, and adapted by the Japanese, and thus baseball has a history in Japan nearly as long as its history in its home country. Which is not to say that the Japanese play the sport the same way as Americans – or at least, with the same attitude. While Americans celebrate the home run hitters and fastball pitchers who rise above their peers to become baseball stars, and individual stats are followed obsessively by fans, the Japanese, true to their cultural heritage, make team cohesion and harmony the focus. As with many other imports, the Japanese have made baseball – now besuboru – into something distinctly Japanese. It is regarded as one of the Japanese national sports along with Sumo. - Japanology.

The game allocates numbers on the dice as hits and homeruns. The goal features three big batters of the day, Betto, Nishizawa and Fujimura. Victor Starukhin, a Russian born pitcher, is also featured, as well as Kawakami who eventually managed the Yomiuri Giants.

When referring to this item please quote stockid 173869.

Price: $275.00 AU

other currencies

See all items in All Galleries, Ephemera and Maps
See all items by ,