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Catcher's mask (replica) used in the Meiji Era

Members of Keio and Waseda Nines in 1903, when
the legendary Waseda-Keio rivalry began.

Bat used in the Meiji Era

Exhibition "Development of Baseball" ---In Retrospect of Baseball in Former Days---
Saturday, September 18, 2010 through Sunday, November 28, 2010
At Exhibition Hall of the Baseball Museum

The first baseball rules which had admittedly built the basis of modern baseball were first made in the U.S. in 1845, but it took them about half a century more to develop into the ones observed today.

Baseball with its playing rules was introduced to Japan in 1872. The Japanese tried to keep abreast with the current rules observed in the U.S. so that at the end of the Meiji Era (i.e, in the first decade of the 20th century) baseball in Japan was as modern as that in the U.S.

The upcoming exhibition will feature the changes of baseball rules, supplemented by displaying of bats, balls and gloves which were used in Meiji and Taisho Eras (up to the 1920's ) . Also old photos and picture postcards will help visualize how and with what implement baseball was played in those days.


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