Baseball’s Bridge to the Pacific:
Celebrating the Legacy of
Japanese American Baseball

The new NBRP exhibition titled “Baseball’s Bridge to the Pacific: Celebrating the Legacy of Japanese American Baseball” pays tribute to the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the 150th anniversary of US-Japan Baseball diplomacy (1872-2022). It consists of historical panels and prewar artifacts that chronicle the introduction of baseball to Japan in the early 1870’s to the first Japanese American teams in 1903, the early tours by these Nikkei teams to Asia starting in 1914 helped usher in the start of professional baseball in Japan in 1936.

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Sharing the Japanese American experience

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Their story, and the story of their ancestors and descendants, is a tale of a great journey, full of hard-won victories, devastating setbacks, and...



Because the NBRP is a non-profit organization, donations and funding is needed to keep the exhibit on it’s expansive U.S. tour.



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Rare 1927 film footage of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Japanese American Baseball All-Stars

Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Japanese American Baseball all-stars playing together in Fresno, CA at Fireman’s Ballpark. Only on-field 16mm footage taken during the eight city tour.

The Nisei were on Gehrig’s team and beat Babe Ruth’s 13-3. Taizo Toshiyuki filmed these ballplayers on October 29, 1927.

Through the spirit of Gail Zenimura Dunn’s passing, we obtained the reel and digitized it to this format.

Group photo includes (Lt to Rt ), Johnny Nakagawa, Lou Gehrig, Kenichi Zenimura, Babe Ruth, Fred Yoshikawa and Harvey Iwata. ( Courtesy of Taizo Toshiyuki family, Frank Kamiyama photographer and NBRP ).

Our Japanese American Legacy

Our favorite pastime stems from our life in America.

Upcoming Events

  • Nikkei Baseball Symposium, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA, (Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic)

Our Mission

The Nisei Baseball Research Project (NBRP) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded by Kerry Yo Nakagawa to preserve the history of Japanese American Baseball.

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