1934 Tour of Japan U.S. Stars Signed Team Sheet
A most important historical relic from one of baseball's defining events. This is the signature page from the 1934 Tour of Japan photo album that was given only to the players and VIP’s who attended the groundbreaking era when baseball was first popularized in Japan. The best feature of the album is the single 13x10.25” sheet of autographs that is tipped onto a larger 7.5x11.25” album page. Signatures of those who traveled to the Orient to play the best players in Japan: Babe Ruth (1st and foremost), Lou Gehrig (gigantic signature), Connie Mack, Frank (Lefty) O’ Doul, Bing Miller, Lefty Gomez, E. McNair, R. Warstler, F. Hayes, Earl Averill, John Quinn, C. Gehringer, J. Cascarella, Robert J. Schroeder, Doc Ebling, Moe Berg (huge signature), E. Whitehill, Jimmie Foxx, Brown, Sotaro Suzuki (translator), F.T. Matsumoto. The two Japanese autographs are rarely seen on the United States page. Couple of tiny edge chips have been matted out, but signatures themselves are Mint. Framed with copy of photograph of the players standing in front of their hotel. The 1934 tour is also famous for the fact that U.S. player Moe Berg spied on the Japanese government. The unsuspecting movie camera (auctioned by Lelands over a decade ago) shot the films used in the Doolittle bombing raids in World War II. This is from the collection of Tour member Rabbit Warstler and is framed with copy of the players on the Tour and an original George Burke 8x10" of Warstler from his collection while on the A’s that same year. There are also a couple of supporting pieces from the Tour including a brochure from the Koshien Hotel where they were staying outside of Tokyo with his vintage notation that the team is staying there, and a 1934 postcard from “Y. Kinosita” to Rabbit’s wife from the Tour.