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
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 39 (November 23, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-41)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 39 (November 23, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-41)
Selected article titles: "Commencement Tomorrow Evening: 230 Graduating Seniors to Receive Diplomas" (pp. 1, 3-4), "Arrival of 67 Hawaiian Nisei Here Disclosed" (p. 1), and "Nip the Cold 'Bug': Hospital Chief Gives Rules for Prevention" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 6 (April 13, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-11)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 6 (April 13, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-11)
Selected article titles: "Co-ordinators Tender Resignations: Return to Normal State Given Reason for Action" (p. 1, 3), "H. Black Quells Segregation and Repatriation Rumors" (p. 1, 4), "Reserve Corps Status Defined" (p. 1), and "Fiscal Section Reveals 5011 Colonists on WRA Payroll" (p. 2).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 27 (August 31, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-33)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 27 (August 31, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-33)
Selected article titles: "Further Action on Tule Draft Case Dropped" (p. 1), "Stockade: Isolation Area Empty; Occupants Return Home" (p. 1), and "Sending V-Mail in Japanese Permissible" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 17 (April 27, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-66)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 17 (April 27, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-66)
Selected article titles: "Justice Dept.: 18 Transferred to Crystal City" (p. 1), "April: 14 Relocate from Center" (p. 2), "Jury Clears 3 Accused of Raid on Doi Farm Home" (p. 2), and "News of Former Tuleans in St. Louis Received" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 7 (February 15, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-56)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 7 (February 15, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-56)
Selected article titles: "Dept. of Justice: Status of Renunciants Defined by Rothestein" (pp. 1-2), "WRA Closes Quarters of Hoshi, Hokoku Seinen Dan" (pp. 1-2), "Excludees Now Able to Relocated East and South" (p. 2), and "Contact with Japan Through Red Cross" (p. 4).
Golf Club (ddr-hmwf-1-512)
img Golf Club (ddr-hmwf-1-512)
"Heart Mt. Golf Club, Sept 5 1943, 1:30pm, l f12.7 1/50 G3, Agfa Superpan Supreme D76 33min" as described on back
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).
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