In Saipan in 1938

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Date of Game 1938
Location Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands
Description

Mead, "Baseball Goes to War..." p. 139 relates the reminiscences of major league star Enos Slaughter. During World War II Slaughter was stationed on Saipan, after takeover by US troops, and recalled that army bulldozers soon constructed a "nice ball park" where the soldiers played. The same book also mentions ballplaying on Guam and Iwo Jima, after their liberation from the Japanese.

The Japanese introduced baseball to Saipan in the 1930s (for certain, 1938), during their occupation of the island.

Fold3 has a photo of servicemen playing a game on Saipan, dated Aug. 5, 1945.

Sources

Mead, "Baseball Goes to War..." p. 139

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Found by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Northern Marianas Islands



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