This medal was
presented to a Japanese participant in the 1931 U.S. Major League All-Star Tour
of Japan. The Japanese text on the obverse
reads, "U.S./Japan Great Baseball Match" and "Commemorative
Participatory Medal". Also, there is an image of a play at
home plate in relief, and the Roman numerals for 1931 at the bottom. The medal
reverse contains a winged baseball with a U.S. and Japanese flags motif. The
Japanese text at the bottom reads "Japan/U.S. Great Baseball Match,
sponsored by Yomiuri Shimbun, Co." This medal is one of only three examples
known in the hobby.
The 1931 U.S. Major
League All-Star Tour of Japan was the first Tour in which an entire team
consisting of top American Major Leaguers ventured to the Land of the Rising
Sun. The U.S. cast of players included Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig, Lefty Grove,
Mickey Cochrane, George Kelly, Frankie Frisch, Rabbit Maranville, Al Simmons
and Japan HOFer Lefty O'Doul. 17 games were played between the Americans and
various Japanese squads consisting primarily of university players, with the
Americans prevailing in every contest. The star performance of the series was
Lefty Grove's 0.00 ERA for the Tour with 38 innings pitched!
1" x 1 3/4"
Condition: There is surface wear on both sides. Overall—Good to Vg.