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 (186)

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

186 items
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 13 (March 30, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-62)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 13 (March 30, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-62)
Selected article titles: "Spain Quits as Protecting Power: Vice Consul of Spain Leaves Center After Receiving Order" (p. 1), "Nisei Inducted into U.S. Army Now Total 17,600" (p. 1), "9 Sentenced on Charges of Violating Regulations" (pp. 1-2), and "Procedure Given for Those Planning Return to Hawaii" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 31 (August 3, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-79)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 31 (August 3, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-79)
Selected article titles: "Japan Now Represented in U.S. by Swiss Govt." (pp. 1, 3), "Army Alone Determines Who Can Return--Pratt" (pp. 1-2), "Demonstration Given by Center Fire Dept." (p. 2), and "Safety Council Gives Warning" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 29 (July 20, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-77)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 29 (July 20, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-77)
Selected article titles: "Myer Sets Dates for Closing of 8 Centers" (pp. 1-2), "Discrimination Hit in Seattle Boycott Case" (p. 2), "2 Army Officers to Fight Racial Discrimination" (p. 2), and "5422 Evacuees on WRA Payroll on June 30" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 27 (July 6, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-75)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 27 (July 6, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-75)
Selected article titles: "Officials Give Views on Closing of Stores" (pp. 1-2), "Skeleton Remains of Young Indian Found at Blk. 51" (p. 1), "Housing Adjustments Necessary Says Thomas" (p. 2), and "Farm Produces 250,545 Pounds" (p. 2).
High school basketball team (ddr-densho-159-258)
img High school basketball team (ddr-densho-159-258)
Back (L to R): John Kashiwabara, Dag Nakatogawa, Ken Kashiwabara, Frank Gei, Cal Kitazuma, Goro Shizuru, Russel Yamaga. Front (L to R): John Mizoue, Hank Shimada, Harry Kajioka, Tosh Okumura, Jun Furuno.
Team Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-603)
img Team Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-603)
"May 1944" as described on back, girls' team posing together
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-533)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-533)
"Verichrome SuperIkontaB, April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing and jumping rope between barracks
Team Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-608)
img Team Picture (ddr-hmwf-1-608)
"May 1944" as described on back, girls' team posing together
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.
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.
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