Isoo Abe (安部 磯雄)
Isoo Abe was a politician and professor in Japan. Abe, while teaching at Waseda University, formed their baseball team in 1901. They toured the USA in 1905; this was credited with helping the growth of Japanese baseball. He organized the Tokyo Big Six League in 1925 and served as its first president. He is known as the "father of student baseball" in Japan. He was a key leader in the Socialist movement in Japan and was elected to Japan's parliament five times, serving from 1928-1940. He was part of the first class of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 1959.