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By Bill Staples Jr.

Whereas the tale of the Negro Leagues has been good documented, few baseball enthusiasts learn about the japanese American Nisei Leagues, or in their so much influential determine, Kenichi Zenimura (1900-1968). a skilled participant who excelled in any respect 9 positions, Zenimura used to be additionally a revered supervisor and might develop into the japanese American community's baseball ambassador. He labored tirelessly to advertise the sport at domestic and overseas, prime goodwill journeys to Asia, assisting to barter excursions of Japan by way of Negro League All-Stars and Babe Ruth, and developing a 32-team league at the back of the barbed twine of Arizona's Gila River Internment Camp in the course of global conflict II. this primary biography of the "Father of Japanese-American Baseball" grants a radical and interesting account of Zenimura's lifestyles.

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A week later Mills took on the college boys of St. 53 By late May, the Mills nine had secured its second Interscholastic Island Champi- For the 1919 season Kenichi Zenimura moved to the catcher position, serving as on-field leader with Mills High battery-mates Ed Low (back, left) and Kenso Nushida (back, right) (Nisei Baseball Research Project). 54 A month later the school team continued to play, taking on semipro and military teams after the semester season ended. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin was there on May 27 covering the action: “Behind Low, the Mills school ball club overwhelmed the Fort Kamehameha team yesterday afternoon at the army post by a score of 14 to 3....

21 In 1908, a new generation of American tourists and sporting goods marketers set their sights on the Pacific. The Reach Sporting Goods Company announced that it was sending a team of “All-American” stars to tour China, Japan, the Philippines and Hawaii. 22 But, to the fans’ surprise, when the ship pulled away from the docks none of the marquee players were on board. Ty Cobb had opted for Winter League ball in New Orleans, and Frank Chance remained in California after leading his 1908 Cubs to its second World Series title in as many years.

73 The summer of 1923 saw the addition of new talent to Zenimura’s ballclub, but this time the talent was homegrown, not imported from Hawaii or Japan. The Fresno High School baseball squad was one of the strongest prep teams in the area. 74 Sako was a FAC veteran, but fortunately for them Nakagawa joined at the right time. After a strong summer of defeating all of the Japanese teams in California, the FAC were scheduled to take on the perennial powerhouse from Washington, the Seattle Asahi. In preparation for the battle against the Seattle Asahi, Zenimura worked his Fresno contacts and scheduled a meeting with Chet Bost’s Negro League west coast powerhouse, the Pierce Giants of Oakland.

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