Sports

Sports leagues were important institutions for Japanese Americans growing up on the West Coast. Both boys and girls played basketball, baseball and other sports. The traditional Japanese martial arts of judo and kendo were practiced as well. Baseball became the primary sport for young Japanese Americans who were often prohibited from playing in the white leagues. The highly competitive games in the all-Japanese American leagues built pride and a sense of community.

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Man running in track event (ddr-densho-475-594)
img Man running in track event (ddr-densho-475-594)
Black and white photograph of an unidentified young man running a track race. Written on the album page below the photograph is: "'Alone' in 220" in white pencil.
Pole vault (ddr-densho-475-608)
img Pole vault (ddr-densho-475-608)
Black and white photograph of an unidentified person performing a pole vault.
Pete Masuoka pole vaulting (ddr-densho-475-598)
img Pete Masuoka pole vaulting (ddr-densho-475-598)
Black and white photograph of Pete Masuoka performing a pole vault. Written on the album page below the photograph is: "Pete Masuoka missin' at 12'-6""
Young man on track field (ddr-densho-475-610)
img Young man on track field (ddr-densho-475-610)
Black and white photograph of an unidentified young man in a sweater and jeans standing on a track field, holding cleats and track uniform.
Shoso Nakamoto high jumping (ddr-densho-475-592)
img Shoso Nakamoto high jumping (ddr-densho-475-592)
Black and white photograph of Shoso Nakamoto, the 1941 "Hayseed" captain, in the midst of a high jump. Written along the top of the album page is: Shoso Nakamoto 1941 'Hayseed' Captain" in white pencil. Written along the bottom of the album page is: "'Sho' in Action... Take Off..... Over the Bar........ And Over'" in white …
Shoso Nakamoto in track uniform (ddr-densho-475-589)
img Shoso Nakamoto in track uniform (ddr-densho-475-589)
Black and white photograph of Shoso Nakamoto in track uniform. Written below the image is: "High jumped 5' " for C.C.A.L. record" in white pencil. Written along the top of the album page is: Shoso Nakamoto 1941 'Hayseed' Captain" in white pencil.
Man practicing the high jump (ddr-densho-475-596)
img Man practicing the high jump (ddr-densho-475-596)
Black and white photograph of an unidentified young man practicing the high jump. Written on the album page below the photograph is: 'Practice makes perfect'... Form" in white pencil.
Young man sitting on ground in athletic gear (ddr-densho-475-595)
img Young man sitting on ground in athletic gear (ddr-densho-475-595)
Black and white photograph of an unidentified young man in a sweatshirt and sunglasses. Written on the album page below the photograph is: "Glamorized" in white pencil.
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