California's Japanese Americans loved their baseball, even behind barbed wire

In the strawberry fields of pre-World War II Florin, a budding baseball star toiled, one of a family of 12.

From the moment of birth, Yosh Tsukamoto's destiny would never reach the major leagues, no matter if his batting average neared Ted Williams' or his glove was as golden as they get.

Batting champion Tsukamoto and hundreds of Japanese American men and boys embraced the American pastime before and after the war – even during the war, when they were interned behind barbed wire. They played each other all over the West, including Hawaii. Sidestepping bigotry, they just played ball.

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