By Bill Staples Jr.
Whereas the tale of the Negro Leagues has been good documented, few baseball enthusiasts find out 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 may turn into the japanese American community's baseball ambassador. He labored tirelessly to advertise the sport at domestic and in a foreign country, best goodwill journeys to Asia, aiding to barter excursions of Japan through 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 international struggle II. this primary biography of the "Father of Japanese-American Baseball" gives you an intensive and engaging account of Zenimura's lifestyles.
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The FAC is a worthy opponent for any bunch of ball tossers. The fans that take in the contest tomorrow will see some remarkable ﬁelding. ”69 The results of the Tigers-FAC contest were not published. In late April 1923, the FAC team won the state Japanese baseball championship for the third consecutive year by defeating the San Jose Asahi club, 6 to 3, at Ewing Field in San Francisco. Members of the championship Fresno team were Captain Zenimura, Nushida, Yoshikawa, Kawamura, Sakai, T. Hirano, Sasaki, Iwata, Tsukimura, Mizote, Iwasaki, J.
Several FAC ballplayers were members of the Fresno YMBA, such as Henmi, Yoshikawa, Tsukimura, Sako, Yamasaki, Nakagawa, Matsuda, and Iwasaki. 66 The spring of 1923 brought a lot of rain in the Fresno area. In late March, the FAC had a game “scheduled in the semi-ﬁnals for the Japanese championship but this was postponed. 68 Shortly after the FAC-Salt Lake contest, the Fresno City Baseball League announced a game between Zenimura’s team and the Fresno Tigers. “The FAC is a worthy opponent for any bunch of ball tossers.
It is unknown if Zenimura started school at a later age or if his high school education was somehow delayed. 49 Despite the fact that he was not yet allowed to become a citizen of the United States, Zenimura fulﬁlled his patriotic duty by registering for the World War I draft a month after returning to Mills. 50 “Jacob was his ‘American’ name, although he never used it,” explained his son Kenso Zenimura. ”51 Fortunately for Zeni, the Allied powers signed a cease-ﬁre agreement with Germany at Rethondes, France, bringing World War I to a close on November 11, 1918 — just 16 days after he registered for the draft.
Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer by Bill Staples Jr.