How One Japanese-American Runner Took on Babe Ruth, NISEI BASEBALL RESEARCH PROJECT
Daniel Sneider, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
Kenichi Zenimura was seven years old when his parents fled the poverty of Hiroshima, Japan, early in this century, emigrating to Hawaii. It was there that Mr. Zenimura fell in love with the game of baseball with an unmatched passion.
Zenimura moved to Fresno, Calif., in 1920 where he organized the Fresno Athletic Club, a Japanese-American baseball team that lasted for more than 50 years. The 5-foot, 105-pound catcher was one of the few Japanese to cross the racial divide and play also for white semi-pro teams.
"He always said, 'Try to play the game with speed and by outsmarting the other guys,' " recalls his son, Kenso. In 1927, Zenimura was picked as part of a …
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Publication information: Article title: How One Japanese-American Runner Took on Babe Ruth, NISEI BASEBALL RESEARCH PROJECT. Contributors: Daniel Sneider, writer of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: May 6, 1997. Page number: 10. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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