For KERRY YO NAKAGAWA (Japanese American Baseball in California: A History), baseball, and sports in general, has been a large part of his family legacy. In 1993, Kerry swam from Alcatraz prison to San Francisco, and in 1994, he played as an all-star for the national champion Fresno Bandit semipro team. He is also a black belt in the martial arts and an advanced tennis player. His athletic family history includes his dad, who was a semipro football player and sumo champion, and his uncles -- Johnny, Lefty and Mas -- who competed with Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Lefty O'Doul, Jackie Robinson and the all-stars of the Negro League.
His dedication to the Nisei Baseball Research Project is well respected and has morphed into a educational organization to bring awareness and education about Japanese American concentration camps through the prism of baseball and its many multimedia projects. The NBRP exhibit "Diamonds in the Rough" has achieved international status and has been shown in such locations as the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in Tokyo. Kerry's other visions to communicate this story include a documentary with Pat Morita entitled Diamonds in the Rough: Zeni and the Legacy of Japanese American Baseball and the Telly Award-winning educational documentary Site to Patriotism. He produced and acted in the award-winning film American Pastime, which is still educating and entertaining teachers and students through its dramatic narrative and specific curriculum. He is an author, filmmaker, actor, historian, husband and father of two spectacular professional kids. (2014)
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