Friday, March 16, 2012

Book Signing: Kenichi Zenimura - Japanese American Baseball Pioneer

Bill Staples Jr., author of Kenichi Zenimura: Japanese American Baseball Pioneer, will deliver his presentation about the World War II-era star player from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at the Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First Street in Los Angeles, California.

Copies of his book will be available and a signing will be held.

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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.

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