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    "title": "Kenichi Zenimura",
    "body": "<div class=\"mw-parser-output\">\n <div class=\"alert alert-info\">\n  <p>\n   The content in this article is still under development. A completed version will appear soon!\n  </p>\n </div>\n <div id=\"databox-PeopleDisplay\">\n  <table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n   <tbody>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Name\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Kenichi Zenimura\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Born\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      January 25 1900\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Died\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      November 13 1968\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Birth Location\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Hiroshima, Japan\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Generational Identifier\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      <p>\n       <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Issei/\" title=\"Issei\">\n        Issei\n       </a>\n      </p>\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n   </tbody>\n  </table>\n </div>\n <div id=\"databox-People\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   FirstName:Kenichi;\nLastName:Zenimura;\nDisplayName:Kenichi Zenimura;\nBirthDate:1900-01-25;\nDeathDate:1968-11-13;\nBirthLocation:Hiroshima, Japan;\nGender:Male;\nEthnicity:Japanese;\nGenerationIdentifier:Issei;\nNationality:US;\nExternalResourceLink:;\nPrimaryGeography:;\nReligion:;\n  </p>\n </div>\n <p>\n  Known as the \"Dean of the Diamond,\" and the \"Father of Japanese American Baseball,\" Kenichi Zenimura (1900–68) was born in Hiroshima, Japan. At the age of eight, Zenimura moved with his family to the U.S. Territory of Hawai'i. As a student at Mills High School (Mid Pacific Institute) Zenimura was introduced to baseball and played on the school team from 1915-18.\n </p>\n <p>\n  Zenimura moved to Fresno, California, in 1920 and established a ten-team Nisei baseball league. His All-Star club, the Fresno Athletics, won the Japanese American state championship three years in a row. Zenimura took his Japanese American All-Star teams on goodwill exhibition tours in 1924, 1927, and 1937 to Japan, Korea, and Manchuria. Zenimura's teams gained such national and international fame, that when Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth arrived in Fresno to play an exhibition game in October 1927, Zenimura was among the four Japanese Americans picked to play with them.\n </p>\n <p>\n  During World War II Zenimura and his family were sent to\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Gila_River/\" title=\"Gila River\">\n   Gila River\n  </a>\n  , Arizona, one of the ten concentration camps authorized by the federal government. While at Gila River, Zenimura built a baseball field and organized a three-division, thirty-two team league. The ability to take part in a \"normal\" prewar activity brought Japanese Americans together and helped ease the trauma of wartime captivity. The participation in the \"American pastime\" also served as a way for Japanese Americans to assert their loyalty to the United States. Zenimura field officially closed on November 10, 1945.\n </p>\n <p>\n  After World War II, Zenimura and his family returned to Fresno where he continued to coach and organize the Fresno Nisei baseball team. He passed away on November 13, 1968.\n </p>\n <p>\n  In 2006 Kenichi Zenimura was posthumously inducted into the Shrine of the Eternals, the people's alternative to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The Shrine pays tribute to individuals whose talents and merits transcend statistics and playing ability.\n </p>\n <div id=\"authorByline\">\n  <b>\n   Authored by\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Christen_Sasaki/\" title=\"Christen Sasaki\">\n    Christen Sasaki\n   </a>\n   , California State University, San Francisco\n  </b>\n </div>\n <div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  Sasaki, Christen\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n    For More Information\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    Nakagawa, Kerry Yo.\n    <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n     <i>\n      Through a Diamond: 100 Years of Japanese American Baseball\n     </i>\n    </a>\n    . San Francisco: Rudi Pub, 2001.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Staples, Bill.\n    <i>\n     Kenichi Zenimura: Japanese American Baseball Pioneer\n    </i>\n    . Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland &amp; Co., 2011.\n   </p>\n   <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCached time: 20230521153723\nCache expiry: 86400\nDynamic content: false\nComplications: []\nCPU time usage: 0.010 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.015 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 125/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 2189/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 346/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 6/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nUnstrip recursion depth: 0/20\nUnstrip post‐expand size: 0/5000000 bytes\nExtLoops count: 0\n-->\n   <!--\nTransclusion expansion time report (%,ms,calls,template)\n100.00%   10.589      1 -total\n 62.77%    6.647      1 Template:Databox-People\n 12.28%    1.300      1 Template:AuthorByline\n 12.27%    1.299      1 Template:Published\n 11.50%    1.218      1 Template:comingsoon\n-->\n   <!-- Saved in parser cache with key encycmw:pcache:idhash:3417-0!canonical and timestamp 20230521153723 and revision id 31223\n -->\n  </div>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"toplink\">\n <a href=\"#top\">\n  <i class=\"icon-chevron-up\">\n  </i>\n  Top\n </a>\n</div>",
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