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CHAMPIONSHIP OF DESTINY: Lodi JACL Templars overcome uncertainty with victory

LODI, Calif. — It’s usually pretty hot during the summer in Lodi, but the temperature was nothing compared to the hot streak the Lodi JACL Templars went on during the 63rd annual California State AA Nisei Baseball tournament held in Lodi over Labor Day weekend. Four teams from Southern California — The Gardena Rebels, the […]

Iwakuma throws no-hitter against Orioles

SEATTLE — Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma became the first Japanese pitcher since Hideo Nomo to throw a major league no-hitter on Aug. 12 when he held the Baltimore Orioles hitless in his team’s 3-0 win. The 34-year-old Iwakuma threw 116 pitches, striking out seven batters and walking three, in the fifth no-hitter in Mariners […]

Lin signs with Charlotte Hornets

Jeremy Lin, a 26-year-old Palo Alto, Calif. native who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, signed a free agent contract with the Charlotte Hornets on July 9. “We’re really excited to add Jeremy to our team,” said Hornets General Manager Rich Cho in a conference call with media after signing Lin, […]

New book on ‘Mashi’ Murakami, 1st Japanese major leaguer

NEW YORK — Nobody expected much from Masanori Murakami when the Nankai Hawks sent him and two other young pitchers to America to train with San Francisco Giants minor leaguers in the spring of 1964. But after five impressive months with single-A Fresno, the 20-year-old lefty got his chance in the majors as a September […]

Giants honor Japanese heritage as postseason hero Ishikawa in limbo

On May 19, hundreds of baseball fans arrived early to the San Francisco Giants game to enjoy Japanese Heritage Night at AT&T Park. The annual event was hosted by the Giants organization in partnership with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Japanese American Citizens League, Nakayoshi Young Professionals and San Jose Japantown. […]

Community welcomes Nikkei Giants at S.F. Japantown reception

Two San Francisco Giants of Japanese descent, whose onfield heroics have energized the fan base to varied levels of frenzy, were welcomed to San Francisco’s Japantown May 7 in an invite-only reception of about 250 guests at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. Flanked by Giants owners Larry Baer and Duane Kurisu […]

Japanese American coach leads Sacramento’s McClatchy High to city’s first state title

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It took 160 years, but on March 27 a girls’ varsity basketball team from Sacramento made history as the first sports team from the Sacramento City Unified School District to win a state championship. And they did it in dramatic fashion. The C. K. McClatchy High School Lady Lions beat the Junipero […]

Newcomer ‘Nori’ Aoki sparks atop Giants lineup

There’s a new spark atop the San Francisco Giants lineup. Through the Giants’ first nine games, Norichika “Nori” Aoki, the team’s newly-acquired outfielder, is leading the squad with a .405 batting average while starting every game as the team’s leadoff hitter. In the Giants home opener on April 13 at AT&T Park, the 33-year-old veteran […]

COURTING HISTORY: The NBA’s first Asian American backcourt

On March 24, Los Angeles Laker guards Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson became the first Asian American starting backcourt in NBA history. Their history-making night came in a 127-117 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The starting pair had a combined 49 points and 14 assists, with Clarkson netting a season-high 30 points. Lin, a […]

Aoki inks 1-year, $4.7 million deal with Giants

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — The San Francisco Giants said Jan. 19 they have signed outfielder Norichika Aoki to a one-year contract in which he will be guaranteed $4.7 million. The 33-year-old Aoki played last season with Kansas City, which lost the World Series to the Giants in seven games. San Francisco has won world championships […]

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