From the S&S archives: Giants will conduct clinic for Japanese
October 15, 1953
TOKYO — The touring New York Giants will conduct a baseball clinic for Japanese fans prior to each game played here, it was revealed last night.
Owner Horace Stoneham said plans had already been made for a one-hour showing of American baseball fundamentals. Manager Leo Durocher named nine stalwarts to conduct the clinic throughout the tour.
Players named by Durocher were Davey Williams, Don Mueller, Hank Thompson, Monte Irvin. Dusty Rhodes, Bobby Hoffman, Daryl Spencer, Wes Westrum and At Corwin.
Play Three Games
The Giants, who arrived here yesterday, are stated to begin a three-day stand at Tokyo's Korakuen stadium Saturday. They will move on to Sapporo Wednesday.
The team received a royal welcome when its Pan American Stratocruiser braked to a stop at International airport. So royal in fact, that team executives and players found themselves trapped alongside the plane for an hour as reporters, photographers and fans fought their way through harassed airport officials and made their way to the plane.
Traveling along with Giants were Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick and his wife. They plan to remain here for two weeks and then leave for Hong Kong and a trip around the world.
Adding a glitter to the touring troupe was curvacious Actress Laraine Day — the wife of Teem Manager Leo Durocher. She will make the entire tour with the team.
Other players making the Japan junket are Al Worthington, Marv Grissom. Jim Hearn, Hoyt Wilhelm, Sam Calderone, Ray Noble, Bill Rigney, Monte Kennedy and Ronnie Samford.