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.

Sports (198)

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

198 items
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 38 (September 21, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-86)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 38 (September 21, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-86)
Selected article titles: "Homes Available for 500 in S.F." (p. 1), "Southern Pacific Railroad in Need of Many Laborers" (p. 2), and "May Register Monday for Next Tri-State Semester" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 6 (February 9, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-55)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 6 (February 9, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-55)
Selected article titles: "Notice to Prospective Repatriates Received" (pp. 1-2), "Equal Treatment Assured Students" (p. 1), and "Canada Uncertain on Segregation" (p. 1).
The Tule Lake WRA Center Information Bulletin (February 22, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-4)
doc The Tule Lake WRA Center Information Bulletin (February 22, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-4)
Selected article titles: "Gov't to Continue Efforts to Reunite Those Interned" (p. 1) and "Welcome, Manzanites!" (p. 2).
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.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 22 (June 1, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-71)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 22 (June 1, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-71)
Selected article titles: "36 Leave Tule Lake Center in May; 81 Since January" (p. 1), "May Complete the Irrigation System in June" (p. 1), "Procedure Streamlined: Changes Aid Resettlement of Paroled Enemy Aliens" (p. 2), and "More Sentenced for Violation of Regulations" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 41 (December 7, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-43)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 41 (December 7, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-43)
Pages 1 and 2 missing. Selected article titles: "Back to School: New Semester to Start Monday for Tri-Staters" (p. 3) and "Adult Education Program Approved" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 16 (June 15, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-23)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 16 (June 15, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-23)
Selected article titles: "Graduation for 120 Seniors on Friday" (p. 1), "Repatriation Requests in Transit to Japan" (PP. 1-2), and "All Meetings, Entertainments Must Be Registered with Police" (p. 2).
Team Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-609)
img Team Posing (ddr-hmwf-1-609)
"May 1944" as described on back, girls' team posing together
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-534)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-534)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing games around barracks and coal pile
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-529)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-529)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing game beside barracks
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-535)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-535)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing games around barracks
Baseball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-513)
img Baseball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-513)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing baseball near barracks and coal pile
Baseball player sitting in front of a car (ddr-manz-10-152)
img Baseball player sitting in front of a car (ddr-manz-10-152)
Original caption: "George Tanimura, member of Poston Block 219 Baseball Team 'Hachi-ren-tai', in early 1944."
Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-259-15)
vh Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-259-15)
Participating in track and field in camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Two boys in gis (ddr-densho-359-1446)
img Two boys in gis (ddr-densho-359-1446)
Two boys pose in gis outside the barracks at Manzanar Concentration Camp.
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.
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.
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.
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