Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer

Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer

by Bill Staples
     
 

While the story of the Negro Leagues has been well documented, few baseball fans know about the Japanese American Nisei Leagues, or of their most influential figure, Kenichi Zenimura (1900-1968). A talented player who excelled at all nine positions, Zenimura was also a respected manager and would become the Japanese American community's baseball ambassador. He

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While the story of the Negro Leagues has been well documented, few baseball fans know about the Japanese American Nisei Leagues, or of their most influential figure, Kenichi Zenimura (1900-1968). A talented player who excelled at all nine positions, Zenimura was also a respected manager and would become the Japanese American community's baseball ambassador. He worked tirelessly to promote the game at home and abroad, leading goodwill trips to Asia, helping to negotiate tours of Japan by Negro League All-Stars and Babe Ruth, and establishing a 32-team league behind the barbed wire of Arizona's Gila River Internment Camp during World War II. This first biography of the "Father of Japanese-American Baseball" delivers a thorough and fascinating account of Zenimura's life.

Editorial Reviews

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Through this solid research, Staples creates a remarkably detailed chronology of Zeni's life...invaluable...an enjoyable biography of one of the most overlooked stars of American baseball
rst Asian American manager in major league history - Don Wakamatsu
Hopefully [this book] helps transform a long-neglected chapter of baseball history into a well-chronicled saga for fans of all races, creeds and colors to appreciate.
historian, lmmaker and founder of the Nisei Baseball Research Project - Kerry Yo Nakagawa
One of the great untold stories of our American pastime, and essential for any baseball faithful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786461349
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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