Here is the question :
WHICH COUNTRY HAS PLAYED BASEBALL SINCE THE 1870S?
Here is the option for the question :
- United Kingdom
- The Netherlands
And, the answer for the the question is :
[STC0022] You may think of baseball as one of America’s most beloved pastimes, but it’s also immensely popular in Japan, where it was first introduced all the way back in the 1870s by Horace Mann, an American school teacher in Tokyo.
During the same decade, engineer Hiroshi Hiraoka returned to Japan after completing his education in the United States.
In 1878, he founded the Shimbashi Athletic Club, which is considered to be the first organized baseball club in Japan.
Throughout the course of the subsequent several decades, the sport became popular in Japan, and around the course of that time, teams were founded at schools and colleges all over the nation.
The 1934 Major League All-Star tour of Japan was led by Babe Ruth, with a roster including Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Charlie Gehringer, Earl Averill, Lefty Gomez, Lefty O’Doul, and Moe Berg.
The Japanese team was winless throughout the tour, losing all 18 games, but it did not dampen fans’ enthusiasm for the sport.
The 1930s saw the birth of the first professional clubs, but the end of World War II marked the beginning of the league’s golden age.
There are now twelve clubs competing in each of the two leagues that make up the Japanese Professional Baseball League.
Millions of baseball enthusiasts in Japan pay careful attention to the sport.