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 (269)

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

269 items
Football squad (ddr-densho-37-546)
img Football squad (ddr-densho-37-546)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A football squad at the Rohwer Center.
Women playing softball (ddr-densho-37-332)
img Women playing softball (ddr-densho-37-332)
Original WRA caption: "Manzanar, California. [Unreadable] life goes between work hours for Japanese evacuees living at the Manzanar relocation center. Maye Noma crouches behind the plate as [unreadable] goes to bat in a practice game between members of a Los Angeles softball team which came intact to camp." Part of the WRA caption was covered by ...
Judo class (ddr-densho-37-545)
img Judo class (ddr-densho-37-545)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A Judo class at this relocation area. Classes are held every afternoon and evening.
Girls' basketball game (ddr-densho-37-817)
img Girls' basketball game (ddr-densho-37-817)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Basketball games are part of the regular scheduled recreational events, which help to fill out the lives of residents in relocation centers. These girls are participating in a nip and tuck game, which frequently brought the spectators to their feet.
Japanese Americans picking sports teams (ddr-densho-37-543)
img Japanese Americans picking sports teams (ddr-densho-37-543)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Dick Kunishima, Coach and former California High School Athletic Director, tears his team apart between halves of a Stockton - Santa Anita Game.
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.
Softball game (ddr-densho-37-523)
img Softball game (ddr-densho-37-523)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Saturday afternoon finds a group of boys in the center playing the ever popular game of soft ball.
Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-37-381)
img Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-37-381)
Original WRA caption: The 1944 league baseball season got under way at the Tule Lake center on April 19. Project Director Ray R. Best tossed out the first ball. Nearly half of the 17,000 residents of the center were present for the opening game.
Championship baseball game (ddr-densho-37-324)
img Championship baseball game (ddr-densho-37-324)
Original WRA caption: Championship game between Hillmen and West Sacramento.
Japanese Americans playing golf (ddr-densho-37-473)
img Japanese Americans playing golf (ddr-densho-37-473)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Golfing enthusiasts enjoy a friendly game of golf at the Manzanar Golf Course. Thee golfers, and other fellow evacuees, when clearing the brush and constructing their own course, took advantage of the natural topography in laying out the nine holes. As can be seen, all greens are sand, ...
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.
Sumo wrestling tournament (ddr-densho-37-785)
img Sumo wrestling tournament (ddr-densho-37-785)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Two of the residents at this relocation center who participated in the wrestling tournament Thanksgiving day.
Japanese American playing golf (ddr-densho-37-464)
img Japanese American playing golf (ddr-densho-37-464)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. This former California tournament runner-up keeps his golf form by first preparing a short course and then spending all his spare time with his irons and putting clubs.
Cross country run winners (ddr-densho-37-692)
img Cross country run winners (ddr-densho-37-692)
Original WRA caption: Pictured are the nine winners and officials of the Cross Country Run sponsored by the "olverine Club" last Friday afternoon, March 24. Pictured left to right are: First row--midget division winners-- Teddy Yamada, 3rd place; Goro Todo, 1st place; Jack Hirai, 2nd place. Second row--junior division winners-- Harry Nagaoka, 2nd place; Ray Mitsudo, ...
Basketball game (ddr-densho-37-471)
img Basketball game (ddr-densho-37-471)
Original WRA caption: Poston, Arizona. New Year's Fair. A basketball game was held as part of the athletic events to commemorate the New Year.
Crystal City softball team (ddr-densho-91-8)
img Crystal City softball team (ddr-densho-91-8)
All players pictured are Japanese Peruvian except for one Japanese American in the front row, second from left. Art Shibayama is in the front row, third from left.
Baseball game (ddr-densho-93-37)
img Baseball game (ddr-densho-93-37)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Baseball game, Manzanar Relocation Center, Calif. / photograph by Ansel Adams.
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