A New League: Shared Pastimes and the Story of U.S.-Japan Baseball Exhibition

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan, the Gordon W. Prange Collection, University of Maryland Libraries, and Adam Berenbak

With special support from the Stanka Family

To celebrate the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game coming to Washington, DC this summer, the JICC, Embassy of Japan, together with the Gordon W. Prange Collection, University of Maryland Libraries, and Japanese baseball specialist, Adam Berenbak, will present an exhibition from June 13 to August 10 to celebrate the bonds between the U.S. and Japan forged through the game of baseball.

Featuring baseball related historical objects and artifacts from Japan, the exhibition will trace the history of the sport in Japan, from its introduction and rapid transformation into Japan’s national sport, as well as explore the fascinating history of sports exchange and “baseball diplomacy” between Japan and the U.S. – avenues of contact that have fostered friendship, goodwill, and reconciliation between the two nations.

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The Gordon W. Prange Collection is the most comprehensive archive in the world of Japanese print publications issued during the early years of the Occupation of Japan, 1945-1949. It includes nearly every print publications on all subjects during this period. It includes 71,000 books, 13,800 magazine titles, 18,000 newspaper titles, 10,000 news agency photos, 640 maps, and 90 posters.

Since 2005, the University of Maryland Libraries have partnered with the National Diet Library of Japan, the Japanese equivalent of the Library of Congress, to preserve and provide digital access to the books in the Prange Collection.

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