About Rob Fitts 


A former archaeologist with a Ph. d. from Brown University, Rob Fitts left academics behind to follow his passion - Japanese Baseball.  His articles have appeared in numerous magazines and websites, including Nine, the Baseball Research Journal, the National Pastime, Sports Collectors Digest, and on MLB.com.

He is the author of four books on Japanese baseball.  His latest Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer was recently published by the University of Nebraska Press.


His last book, Banzai Babe Ruth (University of Nebraska Press, 2012), won the Society of American Baseball Research's (SABR) Seymour Medal for Best Baseball Book of 2012, was a finalist for the 2012 Casey Award, and won a silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards. 

 Earlier books include Wally Yonamine: The Man Who Changed Japanese Baseball (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and Remembering Japanese Baseball: An Oral History of the Game (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005), which won the Sporting News- Society of American Baseball Research 2005 Award for Baseball Research. 

While living in Tokyo in 1993-94, Fitts began collecting Japanese Baseball cards.  He is now recognized as one of the leading experts in the field and has created the ebusiness Robs Japanese Cards LLC


Rob Fitts with Masanori Murakami

(photo by Marty Appel)

Rob Fitts with Wally Yonamine in 2008