Japanese American Baseball - Pre War and Golden Years - hist37

Chiura Obata (bottom far right) founded the Fuji Athletic Club in 1903 and subsequently taught art at the University of California at Berkley. His son Gyo, as a principal in the firm HOK Sports (Helmuth, Obata & Kassabaum) would design and construct several of the most highly regarded baseball facilities in America, including the Ballpark at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Coors Field in Denver, Enron Field in Houston, Comerica Park in Detroit and Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco. Standing third from left is "Lettuce King", Setsuo Aratani of Guadalupe, California. His packing labels read, "Home Run King", and "Safe at Home". Aratani would eventually travel to Japan in 1927 with his company baseball team that competed throughout California.
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