Big League Baseball Puzzlers by Dom Forker

By Dom Forker

Those hard online game events have stumped gamers, managers--and even umpires! a few are genuine and a few are hypothetical, but each of those forty difficult calls is within the megaleague rule book. There are dozens of significant drawings, too.

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The 2. Breaking Down Barriers (1920 –1924) 41 Top: On July 2, 1923, Zenimura’s ballclub won 11 to 7 over the Oakland Pearce Giants, one of the top Negro League teams in California. The Giants roster included player/manager Chet Bost, star shortstop Hillary “Bullet” Meadows and pitcher Harold “Yellowhorse” Morris. (Richmond History Collection, Richmond Public Library). Bottom: Zenimura’s Fresno Athletic Club won the right to tour Japan in 1924 by defeating the Seattle Asahi in a best-of-three game series on Independence Day weekend 1923 (Nisei Baseball Research Project).

52 The McKinley battery of Tani and Yoshikawa were the same as the 1918 championship game against Mills, and although in 1918 the catcher’s name was misspelled as “Yoshigawa,” it was in fact Fred The Mills High baseball team won back-to-back Island Championships in 1918 and 1919 behind the play of Kenichi Zenimura and Kenso Nushida (second row, last two players at right) and Fred Tsuda (top row, fourth from left) (Nisei Baseball Research Project). 1. Athlete in the Making (1900 –1920) 25 Yoshikawa, Zenimura’s teammate on the Hawaiian Asahi and future teammate on many semipro teams throughout California.

In February 1921 in New York, a group of Japanese representatives from Waseda, Tokyo, Yokohama and Kobe universities announced that they were eager to take “an all-star baseball team made up of members of the Race,” also known as Negro League players, to Japan. 25 Waseda University would have to wait another six years to play a first-class team of Negro League players in Japan. Yet, they only needed to wait three weeks to compete against a first-class team of Japanese American players in Hawaii. On May 9, 1921, the college boys from Waseda battled the Hawaiian Asahi, featuring many of Zeni’s former Island teammates 34 Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer and future FAC teammates.

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