Sports

Sports were a major form of recreation for the Issei and Nisei in the camps. Baseball became the preferred sport for both, although basketball and football were also popular among the Nisei. Organized teams, often consisting of friends from prewar neighborhoods, played each other in highly competitive matches. Other sports, like ping-pong, judo, boxing, badminton, and sumo wrestling were also popular pastimes.

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Sports (168)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Manzanar Committee, Sports and recreation in camp

168 items
Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-151-393)
img Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-151-393)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Baseball is the most popular recreation at this War Relocation Authority center with 80 teams having been formed throughout the Center. Most of the playing is done between the barrack blocks.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 39 (September 28, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-87)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 39 (September 28, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-87)
Selected article titles: "Digest of Land Laws of Various States Given" (pp. 1, 3), "827 Departures Made from Tule Since January 1" (p. 1), "S.F. Mayor Writes on Miyama Case" (p. 2), and "Resettle Evacuees Asked to File Address Cards Now" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 40 (November 30, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-42)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 40 (November 30, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-42)
Selected article titles: "Comply with Smoking Ban at All Indoor Gatherings" (p. 1), "263 Casualties Listed from 9 Centers-WRA" (p. 2), and "Issei Volunteers to Be Accepted by U.S. Army" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 28 (September 7, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-34)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 28 (September 7, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-34)
Selected article titles: "LA Police Drops Judo Training from Curriculum" (pp. 1-2), "Response Favorable on Job Termination Policy" (p. 1), and "Renunciation Bill Under Review--Myer" (p. 1).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 36 (November 2, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-39)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 36 (November 2, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-39)
Selected article titles: "Repatriates Now Being Resettled in Manchukuo" (p. 1), "WRA Takes Step to Close Leupp Center" (p. 1), and "3 Japanese Captives Shot by Denver Hospital Guard" (pp. 1-2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 31 (August 3, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-79)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 31 (August 3, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-79)
Selected article titles: "Japan Now Represented in U.S. by Swiss Govt." (pp. 1, 3), "Army Alone Determines Who Can Return--Pratt" (pp. 1-2), "Demonstration Given by Center Fire Dept." (p. 2), and "Safety Council Gives Warning" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 23 (August 3, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-29)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 23 (August 3, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-29)
Selected article titles: "Results of Conference with Consul Revealed: Committee Presents Requests" (pp. 1-2), "Block Patrolmen: Newly Organized Body to Assume Duties This Week" (pp. 1-2), "Excavating Crew Makes Progress on Water Canal" (p. 2), and "Statistics of Project Given" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 10 (March 9, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-59)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 10 (March 9, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-59)
Selected article titles: "Japan Sends New Memo on Exchange of Nationals" (p. 1), "Night Attack Reported on Santa Clara Evacuee" (p. 1), and "Long Beach YWCA Ready to Give Assistance" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 5 (February 1, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-54)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 5 (February 1, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-54)
Selected article titles: "Myer on Tule Lake: Assures Operation of Center Through 1945" (p. 1), "171 Internees Depart for Santa Fe Friday" (p. 1), and "Hectic Year for Mr. Stork Foreseen" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 28 (July 13, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-76)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 28 (July 13, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-76)
Selected article titles: "Action of Board of Directors Commended" (p. 1), "'Fiction' Spread Cozzens Claims" (p. 2), "To Give Reward for Information" (p. 2), and "Land Includes Commercial Property, Judge Rules" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 29 (July 20, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-77)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 29 (July 20, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-77)
Selected article titles: "Myer Sets Dates for Closing of 8 Centers" (pp. 1-2), "Discrimination Hit in Seattle Boycott Case" (p. 2), "2 Army Officers to Fight Racial Discrimination" (p. 2), and "5422 Evacuees on WRA Payroll on June 30" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 13 (March 30, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-62)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 13 (March 30, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-62)
Selected article titles: "Spain Quits as Protecting Power: Vice Consul of Spain Leaves Center After Receiving Order" (p. 1), "Nisei Inducted into U.S. Army Now Total 17,600" (p. 1), "9 Sentenced on Charges of Violating Regulations" (pp. 1-2), and "Procedure Given for Those Planning Return to Hawaii" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 27 (July 6, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-75)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 27 (July 6, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-75)
Selected article titles: "Officials Give Views on Closing of Stores" (pp. 1-2), "Skeleton Remains of Young Indian Found at Blk. 51" (p. 1), "Housing Adjustments Necessary Says Thomas" (p. 2), and "Farm Produces 250,545 Pounds" (p. 2).
Football game flag ceremony (ddr-densho-37-433)
img Football game flag ceremony (ddr-densho-37-433)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Presentation of colors before start of football game between Topaz High School and Millard County High School of Fillmore at Topaz Relocation Center.
Judo class (ddr-densho-37-550)
img Judo class (ddr-densho-37-550)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A Judo class. Classes are held every afternoon and evening at this relocation center.
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-533)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-533)
"Verichrome SuperIkontaB, April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing and jumping rope between barracks
Team Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-608)
img Team Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-608)
"May 1944" as described on back, girls' team posing together
Team Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-603)
img Team Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-603)
"May 1944" as described on back, girls' team posing together
High school basketball team (ddr-densho-159-258)
img High school basketball team (ddr-densho-159-258)
Back (L to R): John Kashiwabara, Dag Nakatogawa, Ken Kashiwabara, Frank Gei, Cal Kitazuma, Goro Shizuru, Russel Yamaga. Front (L to R): John Mizoue, Hank Shimada, Harry Kajioka, Tosh Okumura, Jun Furuno.
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