From Asahi to Zebras Japanese American Baseball in San Jose, California

By Ralph M. Pearce

Chronicles Japanese-American baseball teams that developed in Northern California beginning in the early 1900's. Baseball at that time enjoyed a great popularity and received much less competition from other sports or forms of entertainment available today. Whether the Issei became acquainted with the game in Japan or after their arrival to the United States, these first-generation Japanese immigrants came to be known for their insatiable love of baseball. This love would push them to organize and supply teams, build ballparks at home and in relocation camps, and transport teams across the Pacific and back. It would also, perhaps unknowingly, narrow gaps between generations and ease acceptance into a foreign culture.