There were also stereotypical scenes one might imagine in a tight-knit community of that era: O'Doul and his mates, bare feet pounding heavily against the well-worn wooden plank pathway, racing off to the mudflats near the Chinese shrimp camp on Hunter's Point where they would spend hours digging for clams.

However, according to second cousin Tom O'Doul, Lefty was born on Connecticut.)Due to its relative isolation from the center of San Francisco, Butchertown developed a separate and, what seems today, surprising identity.

Well into the 1930s, cowboys tended livestock on the nearby hills before driving them through the neighborhood streets to their final destination — it was not uncommon for pedestrians to suddenly find themselves flattened against buildings as cattle passed.

CHAPTER 1Butchertown Shortly after celebrating his sixty-first birthday in March 1958, Lefty O'Doul invited a friend of his, sportswriter Harry Brundidge, for a stroll along the streets of San Francisco.

O'Doul was, as always, in excellent spirits and chattered incessantly; he was excited that his old team, the New York Giants, had pulled up stakes and was about to open the new baseball season in his hometown.

They shook hands and continued to exchange pleasantries in Japanese. O'Doul most admired American, including [the] illustrious Mac Arthur-san."Lefty O'Doul had visited Japan more than a dozen times as a player and ambassador for the game, including momentous trips in 19 — the latter headlined by Babe Ruth — and in 1949, when he was asked to help repair U. Brundidge remembered arriving in Tokyo in 1945, shortly after the surrender of Japan, and being peppered with questions from Japanese citizens, including Emperor Hirohito's brother, wanting to know about Lefty O'Doul.

Before parting, the man who had first greeted O'Doul turned to Brundidge and, after apologizing for his rudeness in not addressing him earlier, told the reporter, "In [Japan], O'Doul-san is great national hero. Prince Fumimaro Konoe, who twice served as Japanese prime minister, told Brundidge that O'Doul should have been a diplomat rather than a ballplayer.

It appeared to Brundidge that the city was devoid of strangers; O'Doul recognized everyone crossing his path — and they him — as he greeted each person by name and spoke softly in rapid, staccato half-sentences, punctuating their delivery with animated facial expressions.

Brundidge began to understand why San Francisco Seals owner Charlie Graham had dreaded walking down the street with Lefty O'Doul — it wasn't a walk so much as a never-ending series of interruptions.

By helping to establish the professional game in Japan, he paved the way for Hideo Nomo, Ichiro Suzuki, and Hideki Matsui to play in the American Major Leagues. O’Doul became one of the most successful managers in the Pacific Coast League and was instrumental in spreading baseball’s growth and popularity in Japan.