The Japanese American who nearly gave up baseball before the 2014 season is still waiting for someone to wake him up from his dream.
“It still doesn’t feel like it was me who hit that ball,” Ishikawa told Bruce Jenkins of SF Gate. ” I don’t know if it ever will. My wife and I have probably sat down to watch that thing 200 times, and every time it feels like we’re watching somebody else. It feels like my own homemade movie, like some dream from the backyard when you’re a kid.”
Ishikawa’s story is just one of the many in the newly updated book, Japanese American Baseball in California by Kerry Yo Nakagawa.
As Nichi Bei reports, the book includes many photos and artifacts, along with introductions from baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver and the late actor Pat Morita.
Nakagawa traces the pre-war teams that toured Japan to those formed in Hawaii and those that entertained in the incarceration camps.
You can read about the role these teams played in the Japanese American community and how Nakagawa became interested in this topic in Nichi Bei.