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 (183)

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

183 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.
Softball game (ddr-densho-37-523)
img Softball game (ddr-densho-37-523)
Original WRA caption: Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado. Saturday afternoon finds a group of boys in the center playing the ever popular game of soft ball.
Sumo wrestling tournament (ddr-densho-37-785)
img Sumo wrestling tournament (ddr-densho-37-785)
Original WRA caption: Gila River Relocation Center, Rivers, Arizona. Two of the residents at this relocation center who participated in the wrestling tournament Thanksgiving day.
Basketball game (ddr-densho-37-471)
img Basketball game (ddr-densho-37-471)
Original WRA caption: Poston, Arizona. New Year's Fair. A basketball game was held as part of the athletic events to commemorate the New Year.
Japanese American playing golf (ddr-densho-37-464)
img Japanese American playing golf (ddr-densho-37-464)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. This former California tournament runner-up keeps his golf form by first preparing a short course and then spending all his spare time with his irons and putting clubs.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 9 (March 2, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-58)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 9 (March 2, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-58)
Selected article titles: "More Internees to Leave Sunday" (p. 1), "WRA Determined to Close Centers-Myer" (p. 2), and "GI's May Visit Interned Kins" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 14 (June 1, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-21)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 14 (June 1, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-21)
Selected article titles: "Residents Pay Solemn Tribute at Final Rites for Okamoto: Outdoor Funeral Attended by 9000" (pp. 1-2), "Further Group Movements to Tule Lake Discontinued" (p. 1), "Jail at 1808 for Drunks, Malfeasance" (p. 2), and "12 Buddhist Priests Added; Initial Sermons on Sunday" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 20 (May 18, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-69)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 20 (May 18, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-69)
Selected article titles: "New Acts of Terrorism Are Disclosed by WRA" (p. 2), "Sugar Allotment Cut Announced" (p. 2), "New Steps Assist House Hunters" (p. 3), and "Employment in April Shows Slight Increase" (p. 4). Page 1 of the edition is missing.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 19 (May 11, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-68)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 19 (May 11, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-68)
Selected article titles: "Treasury Department Move Aids Resettlers" (pp. 1-2), "Action Taken on Casualty List Schemes" (p. 2), and "Philadelphia: Teamsters Union Admits Japanese" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 34 (October 19, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-38)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 34 (October 19, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-38)
Selected article titles: "Report $952.60 Collected in Imonhin Drive" (p. 1), "Fagan Announces WRA Employment Policy" (pp. 1-2), and "Court Denies Ochikubo's Suit Against Military" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 10 (May 4, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-15)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 10 (May 4, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-15)
Selected article titles: "Repatriates Should Notify WRA and Spanish Embassy" (p. 1), "Reopening of Leupp Not Confirmed Here; Best" (p. 2), and "Tule Hardball Season Opens; Nippons Dump Manzanar Nine, 12-6" (pp. 5-6).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 1 (March 9, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-6)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 1 (March 9, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-6)
Selected article titles: "Extravagant Use of Rice Must Be Curtailed - Hayward" (p. 1), "74 Come from Poston Center" (p. 1), and "Myer Refutes Manzanar Rumor on Expatriation" (p. 3).
The Tule Lake WRA Center Information Bulletin (March 2, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-5)
doc The Tule Lake WRA Center Information Bulletin (March 2, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-5)
Selected article titles: "Population Swells to 16,797 with Arrival of Manzanites" (p. 1), "Warrants Given to Five Nisei Granada Boys" (p. 1), and "Postonian Is Arrested for Sedition" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 18 (May 4, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-67)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 18 (May 4, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-67)
Selected article titles: "Baseball Season Opens Tomorrow: Director to Throw First Ball" (p. 1), "War Dept.: 442nd Makes Big Gains in Italy" (pp. 1-2), "Center Firemen Help Quell Tule Lake Fire" (p. 1), and "'May Day' Set for This Sunday" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 4 (March 30, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-9)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 4 (March 30, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-9)
Selected article titles: "Leave Hearings Resumed; To Complete Segregation" (pp. 1-2), "Red Cross Releases Figure of Current Fund Drive" (p. 4), and "Bussei to Hold Hana Matsuri" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 9 (April 27, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-14)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 9 (April 27, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-14)
Selected article titles: "20-25 Group Predominates in Tule Lake" (pp. 1-2), "Voluntary Terminations Aid Employment Policy" (pp. 1-2), and "Danjo Seinenkai Exhibit Attracts Large Crowds" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 2 (March 16, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-7)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 2 (March 16, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-7)
Selected article titles: "Mar. 20 Life Mag. to Have Center Story" (p. 1), "Farm Program Drafted-Jarret: Two Unit Farm Plan Covers 1252 Acres" (p. 2), "3 Day Event Slated: Centerwide Program to Be at Auditorium" (p. 3), and "Spain Counsul Does Not Act for Nisei" (p. 3).
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