New York-Based Baseball Author Rob Fitts to Speak at JapanBall Zoom Call

JapanBall’s “Chatter Up!” Zoom Call

Thursday, June 25 at 8:05 p.m.

Live via Zoom

Admission: Free

New York-based author Rob Fitts will discuss his book Remembering Japanese Baseball: An Oral History of the Game at the next JapanBall “Chatter Up!” Zoom call. The winner of the 2005 Society of American Baseball Research and The Sporting News Award for Best Baseball Research, Remembering Japanese Baseball is a series of interviews Fitts conducted with former players, as well as one executive, who had deep connections to Japanese baseball. Featured players include Wally Yonamine, the first American player in Japan after World War II; Leron Lee, who had a successful eleven-year career in Japan; and Masaaki Mori, who won 20 Japan Series championships as a player, coach, and manager.

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About Robert K. Fitts

An award-winning author and speaker, Rob Fitts is a former archaeologist with a Ph.D. from Brown University. Fitts is passionate about Japanese baseball, establishing SABR’s Asian Baseball Committee and writing articles have appeared in numerous magazines and on websites, including Nine, the Baseball Research Journal, the National Pastime, Sports Collectors Digest, and
He is the author of five books on Japanese baseball. In addition to Remembering Japanese Baseball, Fitts has written Wally Yonamine: The Man Who Changed Japanese Baseball; Banzai Babe Ruth; Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer; and his latest book, Issei Baseball: The Story of the First Japanese American Ballplayers, which was published this year. 

​Fitts is recognized as one of the leading experts in the field of Japanese Baseball cards, which he began collecting while living in Tokyo from 1993 until 94. He regularly writes and speaks about the history of Japanese baseball cards and runs his e-business, Robs Japanese Cards LLC.

To learn more about Fitts and to purchase his books, please visit his website.

(To read my 2010 interview with Fitts in Baseball Reflections, please click here.)

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