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In 1927 a Negro League all-star squad called the Royal Giants became the first pro team to play in Japan. Going 23-0-1, they were so popular that they paved the way for white players to tour Japan in 1931. This incredibly rare Japense sports magazine has cover shot of a Japanese player shaking hands with the Philadelphia Stars Biz Mackey and inside pages show American players black and white; one photo even shows Emperor Hirohito throwing a ball with black players watching -- something no American leader would have done at the time. While the pages are extensively browned and the back cover torn off, the cover is nearly perfect.
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