Kono All-Stars T-Shirt
Beginning in the early 1900’s Japanese American Baseball leagues sprang up in towns across the western United States and Hawaii. In the 20’s and 30’s Japanese American teams were competing at every level playing Pacific Coast and Negro League teams. Nisei Baseball grew from these opportunities to play with and against established baseball stars and to travel across the United States and the World.
In 1937 the Alameda Kono All-Stars boarded the Chichibu Maru in San Francisco bound for Japan. This all-star team of semi-pro Nisei players from Central and Northern California was financed by Harry Kono from Alameda, and managed by Kenichi Zenimura, who for over four decades in baseball made a huge impact on the lives of thousands of players. On their final goodwill tour to Japan, Korea, Manchuria, China and Russia, they produced a 41-20 winning record. Four players from the Kono-All Stars team stayed behind to play professional baseball overseas.
Team photo on Kono Allstars Story board courtesy of the Alameda Sports Project.
Super soft 100% cotton. Bella + Canvas classic fit unisex tee. Machine Washable.
Measurements (measured flat):
Chest Small 18" / Medium 20" / Large 22" / XL 24" / XXL 26"
Length Small 28" / Medium 29" / Large 30" / XL 31" / XXL 32"