Nisei-han male. Born June 24, 1925, in Maui, Hawaii. Grew up in a small village on a sugar plantation. Played football in high school, transferring to Honolulu. Signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 1947, but ended football career with an injury. In 1951, signed with the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, the first American to play in Japan during the Allied occupation. Eventually became manager of the Chunichi Dragons. In 1994, inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Yonamine passed away on February 28, 2011.