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1949 San Francisco Seals Japanese Tour Baseball Program

Lot Number 1787

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Oughta-Be Hall of Famer "Lefty" O'Doul was instrumental in spreading the popularity of baseball in Japan. As manager of the PCL San Francisco Seals, O'Doul began touring in Japan as a goodwill ambassador for the game in the mid-1930s, after his retirement as an active MLB player. He resumed this activity after WWII and for his efforts was inducted into the Japanese HOF in 2002. Offered is a 1949 San Francisco Seals Japanese Baseball program. O'Doul and the Seals took part in a 16-game tour of Japan after their 1949 regular season concluded. This historic tour came at a time when Japan was under U.S. Occupation and helped in restoring good will between the two nations and providing a much needed diversion for the Japanese populace. Presenting in pleasing (VG-EX) condition, this scarce souvenir is a colorful representative of the Seals exhibition excursion through the "Land of the Rising Sun". Pictured inside are O'Doul, various Seals and other American players, along with two pages of Japanese players. One page picturing O'Doul and Seals executives is affixed with (3) ticket stubs, all in excellent condition and the opposite page is affixed with what appears to be a Japanese language paper schedule.


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