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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Sports (297)

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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 18 (May 3, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-18)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 18 (May 3, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-18)
Select article titles: "Congressional hearings end on use of temporary Japanese farm labor" (p. 1); "Congressmen to support JACL Nat'l TV protest" (p. 1); "Active Chicagoan Mike Hagiwara dies unexpectedly" (p. 1); "Denver TV stations promis no showing of anti-Nisei films" (p. 1); "Parents of grade school pupils urged to protest use of 'Firelight Reader'" (p. ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 23 (June 7, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 23 (June 7, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-23)
Select article titles: "26,000 Japanese War Brides in U.S. Group Told" (p. 1); "Senate Committee Amends Claims Supplemental Appropriation Bill" (p.1 ); "Non-profit groups listed for 1st time as claim awardees" (p. 1); "JACL participates in Memorial Day Rites at Arlington Cemetery; sagging Nisei interest in war dead scored by D.C. JACLers" (p. 1); "Rep Judd's ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 20 (May 17, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-20)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 44, No. 20 (May 17, 1957) (ddr-pc-29-20)
Select article titles: "Permanment Stay Offered Skilled Japanese on Temporary Visa" (p. 1); "Curriculum body acts on CL protest of 'Fuzz Young' story" (p. 1); "Claims payment appropriations up for endorsment" (p. 1); "Los Angeles-born Nisei successful in transition to life in Detroit circles" (p. 1); "Calif. pension bill passes Assembly" (p. 1); "Japanese Americans Among ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 52, No. 23 (June 9, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 52, No. 23 (June 9, 1961) (ddr-pc-33-23)
Selected article titles: "'Command Decision': Evacuation, Part 2" (p. 1), "Memorial Day Rites at Golden Gate Taped for Japan TV" (p. 3), and "Sacramento JACL Wins Nisei Olympics, Four Lightweight Division Records Broken" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 99, No. 7 (August 17, 1984) (ddr-pc-56-32)
img Pacific Citizen, Vol. 99, No. 7 (August 17, 1984) (ddr-pc-56-32)
Selected article titles: "American Bar Assn. recognizes wrong but rejects reparations" (p. 1), "Memorial marker for slain Asian student vandalized" (p. 1), "U.S. wrestler refers to opponent as 'that Jap'" (p. 1), "'A-Team' episode receives protests" (p. 1), "Mondale's 'Hong Kong' reference criticized" (p. 2), "Schmoe attends Hiroshima ceremony" (p. 3), "Nisei officiates at Olympic gymnastics ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 8 (August 22, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 103, No. 8 (August 22, 1986) (ddr-pc-58-33)
Selected article titles: "Foes of California English Initiative Form Coalition to Prevent Passage" (pp. 1, 8), "Japanese National Kept in Detention by Provision on McCarran-Walter Act" (pp. 1, 3), "President's Corner: Here's What We're Doing" (p. 5), and "U.S., Latin American Nikkei Athletes 'Go for the Gold' in Mexico Sportsfest" (pp. 6-7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 112, No. 11 [March 22, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-11)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 112, No. 11 [March 22, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-11)
Select article titles: "Man convicted of hate crime" (p. 1), "Yamaguchi wins world skate title" (p. 1), "Oscar Picks" (p. 1) "Asian TV show goes national" (p. 3).
Lotus basketball team (ddr-densho-38-27)
img Lotus basketball team (ddr-densho-38-27)
This basketball team was affiliated with the Seattle Buddhist Temple. Front, left to right: Kats Nakayama, Kats Iwamura, Hachiro Matsuzari, Art Suzuki, and unidentified. Back left to right: Yoshito Fujii (manager), Nobie Saito, unidentified, and Jiro Sakano.
National basketball tournament (ddr-densho-114-9)
img National basketball tournament (ddr-densho-114-9)
In the late 1940s, Seattle hosted the National Oriental Basketball Tournament with teams competing from Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Illinois and Vancouver, BC. Games like this one were played at the Seattle University Gymnasium.
Shut Up, You Guys (ddr-jamsj-1-312)
img Shut Up, You Guys (ddr-jamsj-1-312)
Assembly meeting for Perch Derby at Rio Del Mar.
Something's Cooking (ddr-jamsj-1-313)
img Something's Cooking (ddr-jamsj-1-313)
Assembly meeting for Perch Derby at Rio Del Mar.
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