Sumo

Sumo

The Japanese honor strength and virility. In Sumo wrestling  the goal is to force the opponent out of the ring. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxhKb-zZoWE

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Japanese Horse Racing

Japanese Horse Racing

In medieval Japan, warriors with exceptional riding skills often became clan leaders.  During the 6th century, horse races were held at religious ceremonies (for an abundant harvest) and annually at the Imperial Court. Western-style racing was introduced at Yokohama...

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Babe Ruth Calls a Homer

Babe Ruth Calls a Homer

With a lifetime batting average of .342, the 6'2", 215#, left-handed  George Herman Ruth was an All-Star in 1933 and 1934.

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Los Angeles Olympics

Los Angeles Olympics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaneJ0TQmjE The Depression notwithstanding, the Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles in 1932. Many athletes from the 1928 Olympics could not afford to participate. Baron Takeichi Nishi (to die on Iwo Jima in 1945) won the equestrian...

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Kendo

Kendo

Swordsmen in ancient Japan established schools of kenjutsu which continued to form the basis of kendo practice today. Formal kendo exercises known as kata, developed several centuries ago as kenjutsu practice for warriors, are still studied today, in a modified form....

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Bobby Jones Grand Slam

Bobby Jones Grand Slam

Superstar amateur golfer Bobby Jones, a lawyer, completed a Grand Slam in 1930 by winning all four major golf tournaments. In the 1920s, a profusion of miniature golf courses brought the popular sport to the masses. But the Great Depression soon dampened the craze,...

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Baseball

Baseball

Originating in the early 19th Century, baseball became America's national pastime after the Civil War. Introduced to Japan in 1872 by an American teacher in Tokyo, it rapidly became a very popular sport there as well.  

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