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Baseball Behind Barbed Wire

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Arizona State Capitol Museum (Historic Supreme Court 1938 Addition Room)

1700 W Washington

Phoenix, AZ 85007

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Join Bill Staples Jr., author of the book Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research for a talk on baseball behind barbed wire. 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.

Generous support for this event is provided by a grant from the Stowe Fund housed in the ASU School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies

Sponsored by ASU Asian Pacific American Studies

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