Rob Fitts and Yuriko Romer to Discuss Baseball in Japan at EngageAsia Event

Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan

Wednesday, February 24 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. EST

Online Webinar

Suggested Donation: $10

EngageAsia hosts a special webinar with Banzai Babe Ruth author Robert K. Fitts and filmmaker Yuriko Gamo Romer. Get ready for an engaging discussion of the book and the 1934 baseball tour of Japan that included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Moe Berg, and Connie Mack. The hope of this tour was that a shared love of baseball would bring America and Japan closer together during a time of increasing tension.

You can purchase a signed copy of the book here. A portion of the sales will be donated to EngageAsia. Please click this link to register for the event.

About Robert K. Fitts

Robert K. Fitts

A former archaeologist with a Ph.D. from Brown University, Rob Fitts left academics behind to follow his passion: Japanese Baseball. An award-winning author and speaker, his articles have appeared in numerous magazines and websites, including Nine, the Baseball Research Journal, the National Pastime, Sports Collectors Digest, and on He is the author of five books on Japanese baseball. His most recent book, Issei Baseball: The Story of the First Japanese American Ballplayers was published by the University of Nebraska in 2020. ​For more information about Fitts, please visit his website.

About Yuriko Gamo Romer

Yuriko Gamo Romer

Yuriko Gamo Romer is an award-winning director based in San Francisco. She holds a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University and is a Student Academy Award winner, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scholar, and American Association of Japanese University Women Scholar. Her current documentary project, Diamond Diplomacy, explores the relationship between the United States and Japan through a shared love of baseball. For more information, please visit her film’s website.

About EngageAsia

Founded by leaders in international education and experts in U.S.-Asia relations on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, EngageAsia’s aim is to use education to facilitate understanding between and among American and Asian teachers and students with a mission of fostering peace through education. For more information, please visit EngageAsia’s website.

This event is part of EngageAsia’s Film+Makers Series.