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The Courier League

Samuel O. Regalado

in Nikkei Baseball

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780252037351
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780252094538 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5406/illinois/9780252037351.003.0005
The Courier League

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This chapter discusses the proliferation of baseball in Seattle—another point of entry for the Japanese coming to the Americas in the late nineteenth century. The Seattle Japanese community was very active in its athletic endeavors and incorporated baseball as a means to display the virtues of the second generation to those in Japan. Thus, boxer-turned-journalist James Sakamoto sought to unify this community into an athletic union—the Courier Athletic League—which drew its membership from a variety of institutions; such as Buddhist and Christian churches, YMCAs, and Japanese-language schools. Following the lead of the ambitious and patriotic Sakamoto, the new league officials constructed athletics around the notion that Courier League sports would be those distinctively “American.”

Keywords: James Sakamoto; Japanese-American Courier; Courier League; Courier Athletic League; Seattle; Seattle Japanese community; Nisei; Americanized community; Courier League sports

Chapter.  8722 words. 

Subjects: Sport and Leisure

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