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.
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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