ARCHIVE PHOTO OF THE DAY
Hitting the dirt, 1976
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 19, 2020
Bob Wickley ©Stars and Stripes
Japan, June, 1976: For many people on U.S. bases in Japan in the 1970s, summertime Saturdays meant a couple of hours spent at the baseball field taking part in Tee-Ball and youth baseball programs as players, coaches umpires or fans. For the young pitchers, it also meant finding the strike zone; here, catcher Chris Stevenson reaches out to grab an errant pitch as the batter hits the dirt.
Stars and Stripes' 1976 story about the young ballplayers, with more photos.