Exhibition Opening in Tokyo – Pacific Pitch: U.S.-Japan Baseball Diplomacy

For Immediate Release
May 22, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

TOKYO, Japan – June 1, 2017 – The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, in collaboration with Meridian International Center (Washington, DC), have announced the launch of “Pacific Pitch: U.S-Japan Baseball Diplomacy,” an exhibition charting the history of our shared national pastime from its introduction to Japan at the end of the 19th century to the present day.

Warren Cromartie, an American who formerly played with both Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball, will join members of the diplomatic corps, baseball scholars, and industry leaders at the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library to help inaugurate the exhibition , which will be on view from June 2 to July 30, 2017.

Advised by Robert Whiting, author of You Gotta Have Wa, The Meaning of Ichiro, and The Chrysanthemum and the Bat, and co-curated by Dr. Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu, Professor of History and Dunlevie Family Chair in History at Rice University, “Pacific Pitch” uses more than 50 facsimiles of archival photographs and ephemera to relay how Japan and the United States have bonded through friendly competition.

The images, many never previously exhibited, are draw from the collections of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Library of Congress, university libraries, and private collections, among others.

Ambassador Stuart Holliday, Meridian’s President and CEO and former Ambassador to the U.N., remarks: “Throughout our history, baseball has played a pivotal role in bridging our two cultures and building the strong alliance our countries have today.” In addition to the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library showing, “Pacific Pitch” will continue its celebration of America and Japan’s shared love of baseball in three other cities across Japan.

www.meridian.org/PacificPitch

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Meridian International Center is a nonprofit, global leadership organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Building on more than 55 years of experience, Meridian prepares U.S. and international leaders to meet global challenges and opportunities. Meridian’s suite of programs delivers the resources and environment for leaders to understand global issues and cultures, exchange ideas, collaborate on solutions, and build valuable relationships.

For more information, please contact Terry Harvey, Vice President of Cultural Programs for Meridian International Center, at tkharvery@meridian.org or (202) 939-5566.

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