NEW BOOK: A Diamond in the Desert
by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
For Tetsu, baseball is so much more than just a game. On December 6, 1941, Tetsu is a twelve-year-old California boy who loves baseball. On December 7, 1941, everything changes. The bombing of Pearl Harbor means Tetsu's Japanese-American family will be relocated to an internment camp. Gila River camp isn't technically a prison, but with nowhere to go, nothing to do, and no time frame for leaving, it might as well be. So when someone has the idea of building a baseball diamond and starting a team, Tetsu is overjoyed. But then his sister gets dangerously sick, forcing him to choose between his family and his love of the game. This is an impeccably researched, lyrical story about baseball, honor, and a turbulent period in U.S. history.
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Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American
by Bill Staples, Jr.
foreword by Don Wakamatsu
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. He worked tirelessly to promote the game at home and abroad, leading goodwill trips to Asia, helping to negotiate tours of Japan by Negro League All-Stars and Babe Ruth, and establishing a 32-team league behind the barbed wire of Arizona’s Gila River Internment Camp during World War II. This first biography of the "Father of Japanese-American Baseball" delivers a thorough and fascinating account of Zenimura’s life.
Price: $27.99 | Order
Runtime: 107 mins
Powerful story about the dramatic impact WWII had
in the home-front as Japanese American families were
uprooted from their every day lives and placed into
internment camps in Western US in the early 1940's.
Faced with a country that now 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.
NBRP Offer: $15.00
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Years of Japanese American Baseball
Kerry Yo Nakagawa foreword by Tom Seaver
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in the Rough (35 minutes) VHS; Zeni
and the Legacy of Japanese-American Baseball with Host and Narrator - Pat Morita
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
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in the Rough:
Baseball and Japanese-American Internment
by Gary Mukai, Director, Stanford Program on International
and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE); developed in
collaboration with Kerry Yo Nakagawa.
teacher guide/curriculum is an examination of Japanese-American
Internment through the prism of baseball that encourages
students to consider concepts such as civil liberties,
team sports, acculturation, ethnicity, discrimination,
cross-cultural conflict, conflict management, civil
liberties, and civil rights.
VALUE : Educational package includes three
1) DVD: Diamonds in the Rough Zeni
and the Legacy of Japanese-American Baseball;
2) Book: Through a Diamond: 100 Years
of Japanese American Baseball; and
3) the 52-page Curriculum with activities
and three transparencies for overhead projection.
three items for: $64.95
place an order, visit
the SPICE curriculum catalog.