With the rise of stars such as Hideo Nomo, Ichiro Suzuki, and now Daisuke Matsuzaka, fans today can easily name players from the island country of Japan. Less widely known is that baseball has long been played on other Pacific islands, in pre-statehood Hawaii, for instance, and in Guam, Samoa and the Philippines. For the multiethnic peoples of these U.S. possessions, the learning of baseball was actively encouraged, some would argue as a means to an unabashedly colonialist end.
As early as the deadball era, Pacific Islanders competed against each other and against mainlanders on the diamond, with teams like the Hawaiian Travelers barnstorming the States, winning more than they lost against college, semi-pro, and even professional nines. For those who moved to the mainland, baseball eased the transition, helping Asian Pacific Americans create a sense of community and purpose, cross cultural borders, andfor a fewachieve fame.
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About the Author
Joel S. Franks is a lecturer of Asian American studies and American studies at San Jose State University, and has written several books about Asian American and sports history. He lives in Cupertino, California.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
I. Baseball and Imperial America in the Philippines and Hawaii 15
II. Baseball and Asian Pacific American Communities on the Hawaiian Islands 35
III. Baseball and Asian Pacific American Communities on the American Mainland 56
IV. Asian Pacific American Amateurs and Semi-Pros 73
V. Barnstorming the Mainland with the Hawaiian Travelers, 1912–1916 101
VI. Asian Pacific American Minor Leaguers 127
VII. Asian Pacific American Big Leaguers in the United States and Japan 157
Chapter Notes 193