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 (358)

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Young women in snow (ddr-densho-201-424)
img Young women in snow (ddr-densho-201-424)
Young women on a snow-covered street, one of whom is carrying skis.
Young man in letterman jacket (ddr-densho-201-349)
img Young man in letterman jacket (ddr-densho-201-349)
Young man wearing letterman jacket standing in front of a house. Caption on front: "Tom Ryan."
Fish hanging by a tree (ddr-densho-201-337)
img Fish hanging by a tree (ddr-densho-201-337)
Fish hanging by a tree. Caption on front: "Steelhead. Gave half of fish to Jim Shaunessy fireman & Mayor of Auburn. 1942 Frank Shaunessy Cocker Spanial gave us."
img "Swiss Flag" (ddr-densho-201-243)
Man in swimwear in front of a Swiss flag. Caption on front: "Swiss Flag."
Boy holding fish above river (ddr-densho-201-331)
img Boy holding fish above river (ddr-densho-201-331)
Boy holding fish above river. Caption on front: "July 12, 1940."
Japanese American soldier with ice skates (ddr-densho-201-62)
img Japanese American soldier with ice skates (ddr-densho-201-62)
Japanese American soldier with ice skates slung over his shoulder. A mountain range stands behind him, possibly the Swiss Alps.
Soldiers playing basketball (ddr-densho-201-400)
img Soldiers playing basketball (ddr-densho-201-400)
Caption on front: "C. Co 100th Bn basketball court, Leghorn, Italy."
Two men canoeing on a lake (ddr-densho-201-334)
img Two men canoeing on a lake (ddr-densho-201-334)
Two men canoeing on a lake. Caption on front: "Lake Calligan, Wash. April 12, 1941. Stayed overnite at Carol Emerg Cabin."
Man holding string of fish (ddr-densho-201-329)
img Man holding string of fish (ddr-densho-201-329)
Man holding string of fish. Caption on front: "'Fish Crazy Sack.' How many fish is there? Lake Calligan North Fork of Snoqualmie River Trout Limit with Sam Kawashima. 1941 Green River 'Bottom.'"
Man with caught fish (ddr-densho-201-348)
img Man with caught fish (ddr-densho-201-348)
Man holding a large fish crouched in front of a car.
Puppy next to two fish (ddr-densho-201-336)
img Puppy next to two fish (ddr-densho-201-336)
Puppy next to two fish. Caption on front: "7 3/4 lb & Brownie."
Man with skis (ddr-densho-201-256)
img Man with skis (ddr-densho-201-256)
Man posed in front of mountains holding a pair of skis.
img "Florence swimming pool" (ddr-densho-201-423)
Men at a swimming pool. Caption on reverse: "Florence swimming pool."
img "11 1/2 Pounder Steelhead" (ddr-densho-201-333)
Fish hanging from a line. Caption on front: "11 1/2 Pounder Steelhead [trout]."
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 98 (November 27, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-159)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 98 (November 27, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-159)
"Sabath Vows Support of Issei Rights" (p. 1), "Bias Noted in Chicago Cemeteries" (p. 1), "Claim Queries and Answers" (p. 1), "Community Basketball Season to Start Next Wed.,Dec. 1" (p. 3).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 26 (April 8, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-12)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 26 (April 8, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-12)
"Attend The Northwest Times Casaba Tourney April 11, 12 & 13" (p. 1), "Asks Masaoka to Give Data on Japanese" (p. 1), "House Body Postpones Hearings" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 1 (January 1, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-1)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 1 (January 1, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-1)
"Legislature Will Weigh Proposal to End Bias in Employment" (p. 1), "Ex-OWI Aide Cites Losses of Evacuees" (p. 1), "Where Should Nisei Settle Down? Wherever He is Happy, Writer Thinks" (p. 2), "Nisei Hoopsters Start '47 Season Jan. 8" (p. 3).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 16 (February 18, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-88)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 16 (February 18, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-88)
""USS Munemori' Redesignation Set for March" (pg. 1), "Second Annual N.W. Cage Meet Opens Here Friday Night, Feb. 20" (pg. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 28 (April 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-14)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 28 (April 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-14)
"This Is A Matter of Hitching in Japan, for Instance, One Must Marry Not Only to Eat But to Live" (p. 1), "National JACL Decides to Join With ACLU in Emilie Bouiss Case Set to be Held in Seattle Soon" (p. 1) "Hoshino KO's Rival in 4th in Isle Debut" (p. 2).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 17 (February 21, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-89)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 17 (February 21, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-89)
"Masaoka Calls on Christians to Help on Evacuation Issue" (pg. 1), "Tournament Schedule" (pg. 1)
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 19 (March 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-186)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 19 (March 5, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-186)
"Extension of War Brides' Act or GI Fiancees' Act Opposed by House Judiciary Members" (p. 1), "Here's How House Passed Judd ENI Bill; If Approved by Senate, It Could Mean Death of 1924 Oriental Exclusion Act" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 13 (February 12, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-180)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 3 No. 13 (February 12, 1949) (ddr-densho-229-180)
"Judd Bill Passed by House Unit Without Dissenting Vote" (p. 1), "Senate OK's Bill to Pay for Our Loss" (p. 1), "Tokuda's Eye Third N.W. Title as Basketball Tourney Nears; Fierce Fight for Crown Looms" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 25 (March 17, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-95)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 25 (March 17, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-95)
"Epinal War Heroes' Remains Removed" (p. 1), "Congress Gets Another Bill Aiding Issei" (p. 1), "Story of the 442nd" (p. 2), "Frisco Saints, Berkeley Nisseis to Tangle for "Oriental Title" (p. 3).
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