On December 26, 1934 — Matsutaro Shoriki, head of Yomiuri Newspapers, announces the official formation of Japan’s first professional team, the Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants. The team is made up of players signed to compete against the American All-Star team. Professional league play, with six teams, will not begin until 1936.

 


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