In the event of a government shutdown, American History will remain OPEN through at least Saturday, October 7, by using prior year funds. Visit for updates.

Baseball glove used by Kelly Kiyo Matsumura

Baseball glove used by Kelly Kiyo Matsumura

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Description (Brief)
Even though 120,000 Japanese and Japanese American persons were held in America’s concentration camps during World War II, internees continued to play baseball behind barbed wire. In 1943, they cleared brush and trees and tamped down the dust and dirt to construct baseball diamonds. By 1944, organizers had set up inter-camp games.
Object Name
baseball, glove
date made
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
brown (overall color)
overall: 9 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 24.13 cm x 26.67 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph Kumano
Japanese Americans
See more items in
Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Japanese American
Entertainment Nation
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Note: Comment submission is temporarily unavailable while we make improvements to the site. We apologize for the interruption. If you have a question relating to the museum's collections, please first check our Collections FAQ. If you require a personal response, please use our Contact page.