When Dave Hilton wrote a letter to baseball clubs in Japan asking for a tryout, he didn't know it'd eventually help launch the career of a world-famous writer.
Hilton was a professional baseball player.
He had a few seasons under his belt with the San Diego Padres.
But he wanted adventure.
That’s why the letter went to Japan.
There's good baseball there, too.
Still, he knew it was a long shot.