Stockton Ports’ Japanese Heritage Night

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STOCKTON — The Stockton Ports will host their 2011 Japanese Heritage Night on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 6:05 p.m. at Banner Island Ballpark during their game against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

The evening will be a celebration of the Japanese culture and baseball heritage in the Stockton/San Joaquin area.

A pregame ceremony will recognize the Japanese vice consul general, several members of local Japanese American baseball teams, including former Port Fibber Hiriyama, and several Japanese exchange students.

In addition, throughout the evening, several local cultural groups will perform before and in between innings. Among the groups slated to perform are Stockton Bukkyo Taiko, New School Aikido, and Minyo Tanoshimi Kai.

“We are very excited to host Japanese Heritage Night at the ballpark this year,” said Ports Marketing Director Jeremy Neisser. “There is a strong history of Japanese American baseball heritage in the San Joaquin area, and we look forward to celebrating it on Aug. 7.”

Tickets for Japanese Heritage Night can be purchased by contacting Neisser or Allison Mandel at (209) 644-1900. Tickets cost just $7 for field box seats, and must be purchased no later than Aug. 6.

For more information, visit www.stocktonports.com. For those who can’t attend, the game can be heard on KWSX 1280 AM and on the Ports’ website.

The Ports play in the Northern Division of the Class A-Advanced California League and are a Minor League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Banner Island Ballpark is located at 404 W. Fremont St., Stockton.

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