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Diamonds in the Rough (35 minutes)
$30
This poignant documentary pays tribute to Zeni; however, it is much more than the biography of one man, it is the story of a legacy in which baseball helped transcend bigotry and hatred to bring pride and respect to Japanese-American s who loved the game. Covering over 100 years of history, it is filled with great baseball memories – Produced by NBRP
American Pastime DVD
$8
Powerful story about the impact WWII had on Japanese American families uprooted from their homes and placed into internment camps in 1942. Faced with a country that doubted their loyalty and struggling with their new situation, they turn to baseball as a way to handle their plight and find the strength to stand up for themselves becoming a true symbol of honor and pride.
Japanese American Baseball in California: A History
$22
Four generations of Japanese Americans broke down racial and cultural barriers in California by playing baseball. Behind the barbed wire of concentration camps during World War II, baseball became a tonic of spiritual renewal for disenfranchised Japanese Americans who played America’s pastime while illegally imprisoned.
Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer
$30
While the story of the Negro Leagues has been well documented, 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.
Gentle Black Giants: A History of Negro Leaguers from Japan
$28
English translation of Japanese baseball history classic about the Negro Leagues Philadelphia Royal Giants’ tours of pre-war Japan. Updated with extensive footnotes, and appendices featuring maps, stats, rare photos, player insights, bios and “tour scrapbooks.” Co-authored by Kazuo Sayama and Bill Staples, Jr., foreword by Kenso Zenimura.
Through A Diamond
$58
“From the first organized Japanese American team in 1903…to the years of internment when baseball was survival…to the time when baseball once again built a bridge across the Pacific, Japanese Americans have played ball.”
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