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
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-511)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-511)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Letter to a Nisei man from his brother (ddr-densho-153-57)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his brother (ddr-densho-153-57)
Excerpt: "Sorry I haven't written in such a long time, but since I am involved in school politics along with 5 solids, it keeps me pretty well occupied." Sent from Manzanar concentration camp, California, to Chicago, Illinois.
Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-151-394)
img Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-151-394)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Baseball players in a huddle. This game is very popular with 80 teams having been formed to date. Most of the playing is done in the wide firebreak between blocks of barracks.
Basketball team (ddr-densho-159-265)
img Basketball team (ddr-densho-159-265)
Back (L to R): Frank Goi, unknown, Dag Nakatogawa, Takaji Uo. Front (L to R): John Mizono, Jun Furuno, Floyd Niizawa.
Frank S. Fujii Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-8-17)
vh Frank S. Fujii Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-8-17)
Organizing sports teams based on cities of origin

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Football squad (ddr-densho-37-546)
img Football squad (ddr-densho-37-546)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. A football squad at the Rohwer Center.
Japanese Americans picking sports teams (ddr-densho-37-543)
img Japanese Americans picking sports teams (ddr-densho-37-543)
Original WRA caption: Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas. Dick Kunishima, Coach and former California High School Athletic Director, tears his team apart between halves of a Stockton - Santa Anita Game.
Championship baseball game (ddr-densho-37-324)
img Championship baseball game (ddr-densho-37-324)
Original WRA caption: Championship game between Hillmen and West Sacramento.
Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-37-381)
img Japanese Americans playing baseball (ddr-densho-37-381)
Original WRA caption: The 1944 league baseball season got under way at the Tule Lake center on April 19. Project Director Ray R. Best tossed out the first ball. Nearly half of the 17,000 residents of the center were present for the opening game.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 30 (July 27, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-78)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 30 (July 27, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-78)
Selected article titles: "On 1 Condition: Swtz. to Look After Japanese Interests" (p. 1), "Assistance Granted to Resettlers in Need" (pp. 1-2), "Ration Books Now Issued at Tule Lake Camp" (p. 2), and "At Gym: 'Grand Student Recital' Aug. 3" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 14 (April 6, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-63)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 14 (April 6, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-63)
Selected article titles: "Stop List Interviews, Deportation Hearings Being Conducted Here" (pp. 1-2), "Center's End of Year Population Figures Given" (p. 1), "Four Violators Plead Guilty at Project Trials" (p. 2), and "Hana Matsuri: Center Buddhist Churches to Hold Gotanye Services" (p. 3).
Volleyball game (ddr-densho-93-51)
img Volleyball game (ddr-densho-93-51)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Volley Ball game / photograph by Ansel Adams.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 12 (March 23, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-61)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 12 (March 23, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-61)
Selected article titles: "Statement Given on Special Project Rules" (p. 1), "Relocators Get Kindly Welcome on Return Home" (p. 2), "Japanese School Damaged in Second Delano Fire" (p. 2), and "Two-Day 'Shibai and Buyo' Begins Tonight at Aud." (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 32 (August 10, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-80)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 32 (August 10, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-80)
Selected article titles: "Meningitis Case: Great Effort Made to Save Tule Baby" (pp. 1-2), "July: Harvest Yields 372,580 Pounds of Vegetables" (p. 2), "Resettlers May Obtain Materials" (p. 2), and "Allowances for GI's Dependents" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 38 (November 16, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-40)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 38 (November 16, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-40)
Selected article titles: "Renunciation Bill: Initial Procedures Clarified by Legal Aid" (p. 1), "2 Fires Result from Overheated Coal Stoves" (p. 2), and "Evacuee Property Office: Real Estate Problems Aired for Evacuees" (pp. 2, 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 31 (September 28, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-37)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 31 (September 28, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-37)
Selected article titles: "Supervisor Thomas: Circulation of Written Matter Must Be Approved" (pp. 1-2), "Canada Nisei Nearly Mobbed" (p. 1), and "New Teachers Supplement School Staff" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 24 (June 15, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-73)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 24 (June 15, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-73)
Selected article titles: "4 C's May Ask for Change in Draft Classification" (p. 1), "New Service for Those Planning to Go Outside" (p. 2), "100th Infantry Returns from European Front" (p. 3), and "Japanese Movies: Two 35mm Films Scheduled June 18-22 at Auditorium" (p. 4). Page 5 is mislabeled as page 6.
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 25 (August 17, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-31)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 25 (August 17, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-31)
Selected article titles: "Hospital Wages Ceaseless War on Mosquitoes" (p. 1), "Procedure on Shipment of Okotsu to Japan Received" (p. 1), and "Shelter Camp Ready for European Refugees-WRA" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 40 (October 5, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-88)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 40 (October 5, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-88)
Selected article titles: "Justice Dept. Begins Renuncee Registration" (p. 1), "Justice Dept. Scheduled to Replace Army Wednesday" (p. 1), "Japanese POW's Go to Cotton Fields" (p. 2), and "To Potential Resettlers: 2 Prominent Tuleans Give Reports on Trips Outside" (p. 5).
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