Baseball is the most popular sport in Japan. Yakyu, as baseball is called in Japanese, was introduced from the United States in 1872 by an American teacher named Horace Wilson to students in what is now called Tokyo University. From the university to kidís level, baseball spread throughout the country. Two years after Babe Ruth and others visited Japan, professional baseball started in 1936.
There are two professional baseball leagues in Japan: the Central League and the Pacific League. They consist of six teams each. Baseball games are broadcast live on television several times per week during the season. Additionally, there are university and high school baseball teams. The finals of the high school baseball tournaments, in particular, enjoy a large popularity and are broadcast nationwide in summer.