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.

Sports (196)

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

196 items
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.
Girls baseball team (ddr-manz-10-153)
img Girls baseball team (ddr-manz-10-153)
Left to right (faces visible): May Noma, Ritsuko Masuda, Rosie Maruki Kakuuchi, Yoshiko "Pee Wee" Kusunoki Nakamura, Masa Fujioka Kunitomi, Marian Fujii, unknown.
Poston baseball team (ddr-manz-10-151)
img Poston baseball team (ddr-manz-10-151)
Back row, left: Bob Yamamoto, after camp gardening in Salinas. Front row, second from left: Saburo Iwamoto, truck driver of supplies in Poston camp. After camp farmed in Salinas. Back row, far right: George Tanimura, after the war provided Walmart with Tanimura vegetables.
List of baseball lettermen (ddr-densho-382-2)
doc List of baseball lettermen (ddr-densho-382-2)
A list of baseball lettermen at Gila River. Two of the men were listed as living at Tule Lake.
Masao Araki (ddr-csujad-8-4)
doc Masao Araki (ddr-csujad-8-4)
Oral history interview with Masao Araki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Araki, Masao
Sixth grade boys playing softball during recess at Manzanar incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-14-19)
img Sixth grade boys playing softball during recess at Manzanar incarceration camp (ddr-csujad-14-19)
Sixth grade boys playing softball during recess at Manzanar incarceration camp. February 10, 1943. Photo by Francis Stewart. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_TOMO_019
Tule Lake recreation center community affairs report for the period August 20, 1942 to September 20, 1942 (ddr-csujad-26-11)
doc Tule Lake recreation center community affairs report for the period August 20, 1942 to September 20, 1942 (ddr-csujad-26-11)
Summary of community youth recreation activities at Tule Lake before school began including descriptions of administration, leadership and training, the "Community Activities Commission," advisory board, planning board, staff, organization, and activities. Report compiled as a portion of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization ...
Girls' basketball game (ddr-densho-37-817)
img Girls' basketball game (ddr-densho-37-817)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Basketball games are part of the regular scheduled recreational events, which help to fill out the lives of residents in relocation centers. These girls are participating in a nip and tuck game, which frequently brought the spectators to their feet.
Japanese Americans playing golf (ddr-densho-37-473)
img Japanese Americans playing golf (ddr-densho-37-473)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Golfing enthusiasts enjoy a friendly game of golf at the Manzanar Golf Course. Thee golfers, and other fellow evacuees, when clearing the brush and constructing their own course, took advantage of the natural topography in laying out the nine holes. As can be seen, all greens are sand ...
Cross country run winners (ddr-densho-37-692)
img Cross country run winners (ddr-densho-37-692)
Original WRA caption: Pictured are the nine winners and officials of the Cross Country Run sponsored by the "olverine Club" last Friday afternoon, March 24. Pictured left to right are: First row--midget division winners-- Teddy Yamada, 3rd place; Goro Todo, 1st place; Jack Hirai, 2nd place. Second row--junior division winners-- Harry Nagaoka, 2nd place; Ray Mitsudo ...
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 26 (June 29, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-74)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 26 (June 29, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-74)
Selected article titles: "Units of Two Centers to Close by Oct." (p. 1), "400 Arrive at Santa Fe Camp" (p. 1), "13,652 Relocate in Dec. 31-June 16 Period" (p. 2), and "Boxing Show Features Double Main Event" (p. 6).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 15 (April 13, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-64)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 15 (April 13, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-64)
Selected article titles: "Days Set for Aliens to Comply with Requirements" (pp. 1-2), "Attack Fails to Frighten Family" (p. 3), and "Resettlement Aid Assured Evacuees" (p. 4).
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