The cap above is a replica, but shows what the MLB players wore during their tour.
The 1922 tour was led by former Boston Red Sox utility 3B player Herb Hunter - his second, as he also organized a team consisting of major league and minor league American ball players in 1921... and again in 1931, this one featuring more well-known stars such as Lou Gehrig, Lefty Grove, and Mickey Cochrane - all great players and all future hall of famers.
While the American professionals were extremely dominant during the 1922 tour, the Japanese thought they were poor sports for apparently "throwing" a game against a local amateur team from Mita - a district in Tokyo.
In other words, the American's thought they were doing the nice "western" thing of letting the hosts win, but in reality the Japanese respected people when a true effort is given - regardless of the result.
Below, is a photo being offered for sale by the estate of George Kelly (one of the players) from the 1922 tour. You can bid on it HERE.
|I believe there is a "G Kelly" autograph on the reverse - so baseball autograph collectors take note.|