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Guide to the Frederick "Fritz" Steinbrecher Collection 1910

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Descriptive Summary


Steinbrecher, Frederick "Fritz". Collection




.25 linear feet (1 box)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


In 1910, the University of Chicago baseball team traveled to Japan to play a tournament with the University of Waseda. This collection contains photographic postcards documenting the tour, compiled by player Frederick "Fritz" Steinbrecher (B.Phil., 1913).

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Steinbrecher, Frederick "Fritz". Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Frederick "Fritz" Steinbrecher was born in 1888 and received a B.Phil from the University of Chicago in 1913. He played for the University baseball team during its first trip to Japan in 1910.

Between 1910 and 1936, the University of Chicago and Waseda University baseball teams hosted each other at five year intervals. These games were extremely popular in Japan, with more than 20,000 spectators attending matches at Waseda in 1930. In 2008 Waseda invited Chicago to play a series of games in Hiroshima, Osaka, and Tokyo, renewing the tradition as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations.

Scope Note

The collection contains 76 postcards documenting the University of Chicago baseball team's tour to Japan. They are grouped by photograph subject.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:


Stagg, Amos Alonzo. Papers

Subject Headings


Box 1   Folder 1

Fields and spectators

Box 1   Folder 2

Scenes of Japan

Box 1   Folder 3-6

Baseball games

Box 1   Folder 7

Team stills, Chicago and Waseda

Box 1   Folder 8

Tokyo trophies