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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The Nisei Weekender, Vol. 1, No. 30 (August 2, 1946) (ddr-densho-358-9)
doc The Nisei Weekender, Vol. 1, No. 30 (August 2, 1946) (ddr-densho-358-9)
Selected article titles: "Nation's Capital Honors 442nd" (p.1), "Rescue of Lost Battalion Hailed as Most Heroic Act" (p.1), "The Nisei Comes of Age" (p.2-3), "Top Generals Battled Over 442nd" (p.4).
Crossroads, Vol. 1, No. 36 (February 4, 1949) (ddr-densho-358-10)
doc Crossroads, Vol. 1, No. 36 (February 4, 1949) (ddr-densho-358-10)
Selected article titles: "Plan Local Business Association" (p.1), "Eleventh in Series of Q's and A's on Claims Law" (p.2), "Peace: Has MacArthur Failed?" (p.6).
The Nisei Weekender, Vol. 1, No. 29 (July 11, 1946) (ddr-densho-358-8)
doc The Nisei Weekender, Vol. 1, No. 29 (July 11, 1946) (ddr-densho-358-8)
Selected article titles: "Presidential Review: 442nd to March for Truman in Washington, July 15th" (p.1), "General Lauds 442nd Team at Camp Kilmer Reception" (p.1), "O-bon Services Honor War Dead" (p.3).
Crossroads, Vol. 1, No. 38 (February 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-358-12)
doc Crossroads, Vol. 1, No. 38 (February 18, 1949) (ddr-densho-358-12)
Selected article titles: "Talents to Vie for Scholarship" (p.1), "Gravy Train Days Are Over in Japan, Interpreter Says" (p.2), "Army Permits Issei and Nisei Travel in Japan" (p.2), "Venezuelan Nisei Going Home to Parents in Caracas after Ten Years in Japan" (p.3).
Crossroads, Vol. 1, No. 44 (April 1, 1949) (ddr-densho-358-18)
doc Crossroads, Vol. 1, No. 44 (April 1, 1949) (ddr-densho-358-18)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Growers Garner Prizes" (p.1), "Nisei Progressives Sponsor Discussion on Civic Center" (p.1), "Hitler and Goebbels Would Both Have Been Proud of It" (p.2).
Courtland Joint Union High School La Perita yearbook (ddr-densho-390-152)
doc Courtland Joint Union High School La Perita yearbook (ddr-densho-390-152)
The 1946 edition of the Courtland Joint Union High School yearbook, La Perita, belonging to Walter Matsuoka. Walter is included in the candid shots. Sho Matsuoka is included in the senior class portraits. David Matsuoka is included in the sophomore class photograph and basketball ball team photograph. The yearbook includes several handwritten messages and signatures.
Courtland Joint Union High School La Perita yearbook (ddr-densho-390-153)
doc Courtland Joint Union High School La Perita yearbook (ddr-densho-390-153)
The 1947 edition of the Courtland Joint Union High School yearbook, La Perita, belonging to Walter Matsuoka. Walter is included in the senior class portraits, senior activities, and football photographs. David Matsuoka is included in the junior class photograph. The yearbook includes several handwritten messages and signatures.
Courtland Joint Union High School student body membership card (ddr-densho-390-72)
doc Courtland Joint Union High School student body membership card (ddr-densho-390-72)
Walter's student body membership card that grants admission to all athletic activities sponsored by Courtland Joint Union High School.
Two men in park with rackets (ddr-densho-383-69)
img Two men in park with rackets (ddr-densho-383-69)
Written on album page below photograph: "Tad Kimura, Henry Yamada" (left to right).
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