Sports

Sports were a major form of recreation for the Issei and Nisei in the camps. Baseball became the preferred sport for both, although basketball and football were also popular among the Nisei. Organized teams, often consisting of friends from prewar neighborhoods, played each other in highly competitive matches. Other sports, like ping-pong, judo, boxing, badminton, and sumo wrestling were also popular pastimes.

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Sports (323)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Manzanar Committee, Sports and recreation in camp

323 items
Women's basketball champions (ddr-fom-1-570)
img Women's basketball champions (ddr-fom-1-570)
"Hunt Area A / 1944 Basketball Champs / 'Calmbanettes' / Blocks 1, 5, 8."
Men preparing to depart for a golf tournament (ddr-fom-1-444)
img Men preparing to depart for a golf tournament (ddr-fom-1-444)
The golfers are standing in front of a Sun Valley Stages bus, going to the Hunt Golf Club Tournament.
Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-151-393)
img Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-151-393)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Baseball is the most popular recreation at this War Relocation Authority center with 80 teams having been formed throughout the Center. Most of the playing is done between the barrack blocks.
Manzanar High School auditorium (ddr-csujad-36-3)
img Manzanar High School auditorium (ddr-csujad-36-3)
Photograph of Manzanar incarceration camp buildings, including the Manzanar High School auditorium and sports facilities. A photo from: Manzanar Photo Album. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: man_01_003
Santa Fe Japanese baseball club (ddr-csujad-36-10)
img Santa Fe Japanese baseball club (ddr-csujad-36-10)
Group photograph of a baseball team, [ Santa Fe Japanese Baseball Club]. A photo from: Manzanar Photo Album. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: man_01_011
Photograph of tip off for a boys basketball game at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-44)
img Photograph of tip off for a boys basketball game at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-44)
Photograph of tip off for a boys basketball game at Manzanar incarceration camp. The two boys are stretching towards the ball that is just out of reach. Three barracks can be seen in the background as well as the snow-covered Sierra Nevada. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0075
Photograph of girls playing basketball at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-45)
img Photograph of girls playing basketball at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-45)
Photograph of a girls basketball game at Manzanar incarceration camp. The ball is above the rim of the basketball net, just about to fall. In the background are barracks and the Inyo Mountains. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0076
Photograph of boys playing baseball at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-43)
img Photograph of boys playing baseball at Manzanar (ddr-csujad-47-43)
Photograph of a group of boys playing baseball on an improvised baseball diamond in one of the firebreaks at Manzanar incarceration camp. A row of barracks can be seen in the background along with the Inyo Mountians. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ecm_merritt_0074
Photograph of baseball game at Manzanar (view from outfield bleachers) (ddr-csujad-47-46)
img Photograph of baseball game at Manzanar (view from outfield bleachers) (ddr-csujad-47-46)
Photograph of a baseball game at Manzanar incarceration camp. The photo is taken from the spectator area behind right field. Spectators are lining both the first and third base line of the improvised baseball diamond. The Inyo Mountains can be seen in the background. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Certificate from the American National Red Cross to Taiko Ono in Poston, Arizona, for beginner in swimming (ddr-csujad-55-144)
doc Certificate from the American National Red Cross to Taiko Ono in Poston, Arizona, for beginner in swimming (ddr-csujad-55-144)
Card certifying that Taeko Ono is qualified as a Beginner in Swimming by the American Red Cross. Verso includes a description of two qualifying swimming tests and signatures of the chapter representative and instructor. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0146
Football program (ddr-csujad-55-1415)
doc Football program (ddr-csujad-55-1415)
Program for a high school football game at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Includes names of players and positions and coaches biographical statements. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 74. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1417
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