Japanese American Baseball A Shared Experience

The National Ballpark Museum & The Japanese American Resource Center




When: Saturday, July 27, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Where: History Colorado Center, 1200 N Broadway, Denver 80203

What:  Japan adopted baseball in the 1870’s and the game enjoys a rich history and tradition to this day. Baseball serves as a bridge between the two cultures, as it embodies Japanese values such as harmony, perseverance and self-restraint, while sharing the ideals and the spirit of America’s pastime.

Guest speakers are well known and respected Japanese baseball historians who will revisit historical events and discuss current developments in Japanese American baseball.


Kerry Yo Nakagawa:  Curator of the “Diamonds in the Rough” an international exhibit displayed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and in Tokyo.  He wrote the book “Through a Diamond, 100 Years of Japanese American Baseball in California.”  He also produced the movie “American Pastime”, the independent film which won “audience favorite” in San Francisco in 2007.

Dan Evans:  Evans knowledge and appreciation of Japanese baseball is a product of nearly four decades in baseball, with the product of immersion into Pacific Rim baseball culture over a period of 20 years.  As the Dodger’s GM (2001-2004) his international baseball savvy developed during the team’s successful reorganization that began in 2001.  Evans significantly elevated the team’s Asian footprint, continuing to do so during his time with the Mariners and Blue Jays.


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