Mar 28, 2014, 1:30 PM EST
Very fun and interesting story over at NPR about the family who, in 2000, learned that their great, great, great uncle introduced baseball to Japan. Like, seriously, he brought the sport there in 1871 and planted the seeds for it becoming Japan’s top sport.
No one in my family knew for generations, and in 2000 a fleet of Japanese people came to our farm in rural Maine and surprised us with an invitation to visit their country to promote the legacy of Horace Wilson: a man my family had more or less forgotten.
They were reminded about old Horace from the Japanese, who had certainly not forgotten. And then they were treated to a VIP tour of Japan when Wilson’s contribution to Japanese culture was commemorated in 2000.
Nice story. And another reminder that baseball is truly an international game, and has been for a long time, even as we talk now about how to make it one.
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