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Baseball at Manzanar Relocation Center

Manzanar Relocation Center

Japanese-Americans interned at the Manzanar Relocation Center in Inyo County, California in 1943.

It's a shameful chapter in American history, the fearmongering and the depiction of Japanese-Americans as internal enemy combatants rather than fellow citizens.

But the one thing throughout that connects us all throughout our history is baseball. It keeps popping up again and again. The more I read, the more I notice it.

And I'm reminded of this quote from Field of Dreams:

"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again."