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. In Cooperstown, they
have a saying that Baseball is a game of Dreams and Memories.
It is for both those reasons that the Nisei Baseball Research
Project was developed.
NBRP's ultimate goal is the permanent inclusion of Japanese
Americans in Baseball into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.
Genesis of NISEI BASEBALL: DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH, began
on May 4, 1996 at the Fresno Art Museum as the first exhibit
ever to display the photos, memorabilia, artifacts, and
text history of the Nikkei in the world of Baseball. Prewar,
Internment, Post-war and the Legacy of the Legends of Japanese
American Baseball is all part of this unique inter-active
exhibit. Former players, relatives, friends and newly acquired
fans of these eras reminisce about these images and precious
moments of American baseball history. On July 19, the National
Japanese American Historical Society co-sponsored the exhibit
to venues in San Francisco,Oakland and San Jose. On July
20, a Tribute to the Legends of the NiseiBaseball League
was held before 50,000 sold out fans at 3Com Park. Media
coverage from CNN News, Japan Baseball Weekly, The San Francisco
Chronicle, San Jose Mercury, KNBR, NPR and all local and
National Japanese American News sources have been tremendously
goal and commitment is to bring this traveling exhibit to
all major cities that had significant leagues and players.This
compelling and historic exhibit has expanded it's scope
to incorporate all regions in California, Seattle, Utah,
Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Hawaii and Japan.
exhibit has been featured at the National Baseball Hall
of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown New York, the Sacramento
State Capitol Museum, the Arizona Hall of Fame Museum, and
in Oregon at Portland Hall of Fame Museum and the Four Rivers
Cultural center & Museum in Los Angeles, the San Diego
Hall of Champions Museum and the Fresno Metropolitan Museum.
Internationally, the exhibit was at the Japan Baseball Hall
of Fame and Museum in Tokyo.