Watch rare footage of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig playing a game with Japanese-American All-Stars
In 1927 footage. Ruth, Gehrig play Nisei All-Stars
Before Travis Ishikawa was hitting walkoff homers, before Kurt Suzuki found his place behind the plate, there were the Nisei Leagues. Nisei, which refers to second generation Japanese-Americans, weren't yet welcome in professional baseball, so, across the west coast, they carved out teams of their own.
During a 1927 barnstorming tour, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig played an exhibition game with some of the league's All-Stars in Fresno, Calif. The Nisei League team played with Gehrig's Larrupin' Lous, defeating Ruth's Bustin' Babes 13-3. Though they can't tell you what "larrupin'" means, the Nisei Baseball Research Project can show you the only existing footage of that day:
But Ruth must not have held much of a grudge -- Zenimura had a large part in setting up his trip to Japan in 1934.