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American Jews & America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball by Larry Ruttman (review)

American Jews & America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball by Larry Ruttman (review) Book Reviews in 1975, Ryan Kurosaki, a Sansei (third generation) from Hawaii, became the first Nikkei major leaguer, appearing briefly with St. Louis. Other Nikkei followed with more extended careers; Len Sakata played for eleven years with the Brewers, Orioles, Athletics, and Yankees. Major League Baseball has since recruited outstanding stars from Japan-- players like Hideo Nomo, Hideki Matsui, and Ichiro Suzuki. Nikkei players have garnered less attention, but Kurt Suzuki and Travis Ishikawa have enjoyed more than the proverbial cup of coffee. Don Wakamatsu, son of a Sansei father and an Irish American mother, even became manager of the Seattle Mariners in 2009. Perhaps to demonstrate the normality of today's Nikkei in baseball, Wakamatsu was fired in 2010 when the Mariners faltered. Nikkei Baseball joins several related books reviewed in the Fall 2012 issue of nine: Transpacific Field of Dreams: How Baseball Linked the United States and Japan in Peace and War; Kenichi Zenimura: Japanese American Baseball Pioneer; and Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan. In this company, Nikkei Baseball makes its own distinct contribution, although it is not without some deficiencies. In his endeavor to cycle through every Nikkei http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture University of Nebraska Press

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Abstract

Book Reviews in 1975, Ryan Kurosaki, a Sansei (third generation) from Hawaii, became the first Nikkei major leaguer, appearing briefly with St. Louis. Other Nikkei followed with more extended careers; Len Sakata played for eleven years with the Brewers, Orioles, Athletics, and Yankees. Major League Baseball has since recruited outstanding stars from Japan-- players like Hideo Nomo, Hideki Matsui, and Ichiro Suzuki. Nikkei players have garnered less attention, but Kurt Suzuki and Travis Ishikawa have enjoyed more than the proverbial cup of coffee. Don Wakamatsu, son of a Sansei father and an Irish American mother, even became manager of the Seattle Mariners in 2009. Perhaps to demonstrate the normality of today's Nikkei in baseball, Wakamatsu was fired in 2010 when the Mariners faltered. Nikkei Baseball joins several related books reviewed in the Fall 2012 issue of nine: Transpacific Field of Dreams: How Baseball Linked the United States and Japan in Peace and War; Kenichi Zenimura: Japanese American Baseball Pioneer; and Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan. In this company, Nikkei Baseball makes its own distinct contribution, although it is not without some deficiencies. In his endeavor to cycle through every Nikkei

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NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and CultureUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Mar 1, 2013

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