Samuel O. Regalado

Samuel O. Regalado was born and raised in the Los Angeles area where he earned his B.A. in history from California State University, Northridge. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Washington State University and is Professor of History at California State University, Stanislaus. He has authored and co-edited five books including Nikkei Baseball: Japanese American Players from Immigration and Internment to the Major Leagues and was a 1994 Smithsonian Institute fellow. 

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Rural and Urban Nisei Baseball – A Comparison - Part 2

Baseball players from the Stockton and Yamato teams around 1930. Rev. Sensho Sasaki Collection, Gift of the Sasaki Family, Japanese American National Museum [96.150].

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Just as baseball provided a window by which Japanese American rural life in towns such as Livingston and Cortez could be observed, urban Nisei, like those in Seattle, also relied on baseball as a means to express their American patriotism. There, the Japanese American Courier, a Seattle-based weekly newspaper that began publishing in 1928, took the lead role in promoting “Americanism” to the readers, and to that end, the journal strongly supported ...

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Rural and Urban Nisei Baseball – A Comparison - Part 1

“Sundays became exciting during the summer. Baseball was not only fun, but it was a way of bonding with the other Nisei,” remembered Jerry Inouye, speaking about his baseball experiences in Portland, Oregon. In the 1930s and 1940s, Sunday baseball contributed to the heartbeat of the Nisei generation. Ballplayers of that era, though unheralded among mainstream baseball fans, proved their unyielding devotion to the game during some of the most difficult periods any American community has ever faced. Moreover, the game served as an important vehicle for recreation, community cohesion, and the boosting of morale.

During the so-called “golden era ...

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