Fresno State baseball's 'Night to Remember' honors Japanese-American history
Monday night at Bob Bennett Stadium was a very special 'Night to Remember.' One day and 75 years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed executive order 9066 - which sent Japanese-Americans to internment camps, including several future Fresno Athletic Hall of Famers - Fresno State honored Fresno's Japanese-American baseball history.
The Diamond 'Dogs wore retro jerseys that replicated ones worn in the 1920's by the Fresno Athletic Club - a legendary Japanese-American team founded by Kenichi Zenimura in 1920. The school also brought back a pair of great Bulldogs, Fibber Hirayama and Howard Zenimura, who played together in an internment camp in Arizona, then for the Fresno Athletic Club, then at Fresno State.
Hirayama, who just turned 87 three days earlier, threw out the first pitch, and found out his number three jersey will be retired this season.