By Robert K. Fitts

Wally Yonamine was once either the 1st eastern American to play for an NFL franchise and the 1st American to play expert baseball in Japan after international conflict II. this is often the not likely tale of the way a shy younger guy from the sugar plantations of Maui overcame prejudice to combine specialist activities in countries.
In 1951 the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants selected Yonamine because the first American to play in Japan in the course of the Allied profession. He entered eastern baseball whilst distrust of usa citizens used to be high—and greater nonetheless for jap americans whose mom and dad had left the rustic a iteration prior. with out talking the language, he helped introduce a hustling type of base working, shaking up the sport for either jap avid gamers and enthusiasts. alongside the way in which, Yonamine persisted insults, dodged rocks thrown via fanatics, initiated riots, and used to be threatened via yakuza (the eastern mafia). He additionally received batting titles, used to be named the 1957 MVP, coached and controlled for twenty-five years, and used to be venerated via the emperor of Japan. Overcoming bigotry and difficulty off and on the sector, Yonamine turned a real nationwide hero and a member of Japan’s Baseball corridor of Fame.
In addition to the foreword by way of Hawaiian senator Daniel ok. Inouye, this Nebraska Paperback version incorporates a new preface by means of the writer, commemorating Yonamine at his dying in early 2011.

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