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
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.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (October 25, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-107)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (October 25, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-107)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (October 25, 1943). Envelope is postmarked October 26, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-526)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-526)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing game near barracks and coal pile
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-531)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-531)
"April 11-1944, Leica" as described on back, children playing together between barracks
Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-530)
img Basketball Game (ddr-hmwf-1-530)
"Ono, contax, April 1944" as described on back, basketball game
Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-527)
img Children Playing (ddr-hmwf-1-527)
"April 23-1944" as described on back, children playing game beside barracks
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (July 9, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-49)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (July 9, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-49)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (July 9, 1943). Envelope is postmarked July 10, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) (ddr-janm-1-95)
doc Letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) (ddr-janm-1-95)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (c. 1942) from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Girls basketball team (ddr-densho-159-253)
img Girls basketball team (ddr-densho-159-253)
Front (L to R): Amy Miyano, Hiroko Kashiwabara, Margaret Morita, Mazie Asakawa. Back row, left: Teruko Miyano. Back row, right: Rose Morita.
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. 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).
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 29 (September 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-35)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 29 (September 14, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-35)
Selected article titles: "8000 Attend Undokai; Ward VIII Wins Title" (pp. 1, 6), "First Escheat Action Filed in Orange County" (p. 1), and "WRA Policy on Eye Glass Indemnity Given" (p. 1).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 34 (August 24, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-82)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 34 (August 24, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-82)
Selected article titles: "District Relocation Office to Open Monday" (p. 1), "Additional Relocation Pamphlets Arrive Here" (p. 2), and "Center Ward Softball Title at Stake Tonite" (p. 4).
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. 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).
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