In 1926, the University of Washington baseball team made their fourth visit to Japan. The team had previously visited the Land of the Rising sun in 1908, 1913 and 1921. According to the handwritten inscription on the back, this photo was
taken as the team arrived in Japan at Yokohama Harbor. Washington played nine games on the Tour against Waseda, Keio and Meiji U. of the Japanese Big Six University League, winning four contests and losing five. At that time, Big Six
U. baseball was the top level of competition in Japan, so it is not surprising that the American team had a sub .500 record on the Tour. The first game was played two days after this photo was taken, and the Washington team's two days of
rest was probably not enough, as they were defeated by Waseda U. 6-0. In fact, Washington didn't win their first game until September 22. Artifacts from this tour are rarely seen. This is the first piece of 1926 Washington Tour
memorabilia that we have ever handled.
Size: 6 1/8" x 4 1/2"
Condition: Three of the four corners are missing, with a crease in the fourth corner, probably a result of poor removal from an album. The image, while slightly faded, is still clear.