Excelsiors

June 30, 2008

Excelsiors

The 1899 Excelsiors. The first organized Japanese American baseball squad.
Coming from a country with such a strong interest in baseball, it is not surprising that the Issei (Japanese immigrants) started their own teams shortly after settling in the US In 1899, the first known Japanese American team – the Excelsiors – was organized in Honolulu. Within a decade, many more teams were formed across the islands and highly competitive leagues developed. Mirroring the ethnic divisions in Hawaiian society, these leagues formed along ethnic lines, with Japanese American teams competing against Chinese American, Portuguese, Hawaiian, and haole teams.
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