Philadelphia Royal Giants Tour of Japan

In the 1920s, baseball was starting to become popular in Japan. To take advantage of this new-found interest, several Negro league and barnstorming teams toured the country playing exhibition games to huge crowds. One such team was the Philadelphia Royal Giants, which was actually an all-star team of Negro ballplayers created specifically for the 1927 tour. The Royal Giants played local teams as well as other teams from the U.S., while in Japan. Gracious to their hosts, the Royal Giants avoided running up the score on the local teams.

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