Club of Tokyo

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Earliest Known Date 1878
Location Tokyo, Japan

"As in Cuba, however, some of the credit likely goes to local residents returning from study in the United States with the game and its equipment proudly in tow. Baseball in Japan seems to have received its first substantial boost not so much from [visiting teacher Horace] Wilson and his fellow Americans as from local convert Hiraoka Hiroashi, a supervisor in the Ministry of Engineering and a form U.S. college student, who in 1878 organized Tokyo railway employees into what was probably the first active Japanese baseball team."

Peter C. Bjarkman, Diamonds Around the Globe (Greenwood Press, 2005), pages 120-121.

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