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Nikkei BaseballJapanese American Players from Immigration and Internment to the Major Leagues$
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Samuel O. Regalado

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037351

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037351.001.0001

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Catching Up

Catching Up

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Nikkei Baseball

Samuel O. Regalado

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the scope of Nikkei baseball in the aftermath of the Second World War. Re-entry into mainstream society proved challenging for much of the Nikkei community, particularly as anti-Japanese sentiments were still smoldering in the wake of the conflict. For a time Nikkei baseball came to a virtual halt as the Japanese American community attempted to rebuild their lives. Yet both the sport and the Nikkei community would undergo a dramatic shift as the postwar years wore on, such as Jackie Robinson's entry into the Major League as its first black player. Nikkei baseball would soon thrive again, and with its revival came several prominent Nikkei baseball players who would finally build that longed-for bridge between the Japanese American community and the rest of the nation.

Keywords:   postwar America, Nikkei baseball, Major League, color barrier, Japanese Americans, Issei, Nisei

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