Friday, June 25, 2010

Cappy Harada dies at 88

Cappy Harada, the man who was instrumental in bringing Wally Yonamine and other Americans to Japanese Professional Baseball in the 50's, died on June 5 of a heart attack at the age of 88. He was also a key figure in the re-establishment of professional baseball in Japan after the war, and he orchestrated the famous San Francisco Seals tour of 1949, as well as subsequent tours of US all star teams.
Wally Yonamine, Andy Miyamoto and Jun Hirota with Sumo Wrestler

The next installment of our coverage of the 1958 Cardinals tour of Japan, a tour that would never have happened it had not been for the efforts of Harada in the early part of the decade, will arrive soon. Stay tuned...
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