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The Babe, The Spy and the Empress of Japan

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Canadian Pacific Line’s Empress of Japan (1930) arrived in Yokohama harbor on 2 November 1934 carrying an all-star American baseball team, including future Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx and Lefty Gomez, for a series of exhibition games against Japanese opponents.

Babe Ruth on board Empress of Japan in 1934, bound for Yokohama.

Babe Ruth on board Empress of Japan in 1934, bound for Yokohama.

As the liner docked, 30,000 enthusiastic Japanese baseball fans greeted the players. Later, a parade up Tokyo’s Ginza drew a half-million spectators packed 40 deep along the avenue. The Babe told reporters, “There are no bad people among lovers of baseball.”

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