On October 27, 1962, the Detroit Tigers embarked on an 18-game tour of Japan. Detroit was not the first – nor last – team to visit Japan. MLB players have visited Japan on official tours since 1908. In fact, MLB stars will again tour Japan this November; players expected to be on the tour include: Yasiel Puig, Jose Altuve, and Christina Yelich.
Some of the early tours were caught on film, including Jimmie Foxx’s 1934 tour of Japan with Lou Gehrig, Charlie Gehringer, Lefty Gomez, Connie Mack, and Babe Ruth, among others: