Vascellaro: America’s pastime helped interned Japanese-Americans pass the time during World War II

From SABR member Charlie Vascellaro at Global Sport Matters on February 20, 2019:

Major League Baseball likes to recognize and celebrate its accomplishments. In the case of Jackie Robinson and integration, the professional sport was well ahead of the curve on civil rights.

The self-proclaimed “national pastime” also has been referred to as a mirror on American society and a vehicle of cultural assimilation for waves of immigrant classes.

But Major League Baseball, like the rest of the country, is also marred by a legacy of exclusion and racism regarding not only African Americans but also Asian and Latin Americans.

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Originally published: February 20, 2019. Last Updated: February 20, 2019.