Horace Wilson introduced baseball to Japan in 1872

Asian Baseball History

Baseball was first introduced to Asia as a school sport in 1872 by American Horace Wilson, an English professor at the Kaisei Academy in Tokyo, Japan. The first organized adult baseball team, called the Shimbashi Athletic Club, was established in 1878.

At a match played in Yokohama in 1896, a team from Tokyo's Ichikō high school convincingly defeated a team of (read more)

At the end of the season, the championship teams from Japan, Korea, and Taiwan are invited to the Asia Professional Baseball Championship. From 2005-2013, champions competed in the now defunct Asia Series
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NPB: 1936- (84 seasons)

Founded as the Japan Occupational Baseball League, often referred to as "Japanese baseball", or locally, Puro Yakyū (プロ野球).

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KBO: 1982- (38 seasons)

Originally called the Korea Baseball Championship, is the highest level league of baseball in South Korea.

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CPBL: 1989- (31 seasons)

Gained popularity when Taiwanese little league teams won numerous World Series championships in the 1970s and 1980s.

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AUBL: 1989- (31 seasons)

The league is the owner of each team and players are paid in a number of tiers based on experience level.

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TML: 1997-2003 (7 seasons)

Established by TV tycoon after dispute over broadcasting rights. The CPBL absorbed the TML in 2003.

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CHBL: 2002-2016 (15 seasons)

Professional baseball league under the administration of Chinese Baseball Association, founded in 2002.

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BP: 2007-2012 (6 seasons)

Disbanded in 2012, but through universities and other private organizations, baseball continues to thrive.