History: Discrimination against Deaf Sports (2) Deaf high school baseball team

Baseball teammates in uniform watch a game in a protest.
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In July, 1974, the Fukui Prefecture School for the Deaf, located in northeaster Japan, defeated the Prefecture Takefu High School Ikeda branch school, and first won the victory in the finals of the Fukui primary convention for the National High School Rubber-ball Baseball Convention. They jumped for joy, saying, "We will go ahead to the next, the Hokuriku Region Convention!".

However, the manager of the deaf school baseball club was called by the Fukui High School Baseball League immediately after the game, and was told that a school for the Deaf was not allowed to participate in the Hokuriku Region Convention.

The League did not accept the Fukui School for the Deaf to represent the Fukui Prefecture at the Region Convention, and instead accepted the high school which was the runner-up to the championship as a prefecture representative, granted the right of participation of the Hokuriku Region Convention of a top class.

It was because of the regulation of the league, which stated that an ordinary high school should be granted the right of participation, and so a school for the Deaf was not permitted.

The voice of criticism went up from the parents and the persons concerned who got to know this, and the Japanese Federation of the Deaf and Japanese Athletic Association of the Deaf protested to the Japan High School Baseball Federation.

At last, the Japan HS Baseball Federation, which was flooded with the telephones and letters of the protest from the whole country, accepted the Fukui School for the Deaf to be the second representation at the Hokuriku Region Convention as well as the special participation to the National High School Rubber-ball Baseball Convention held at the Fujiidera Stadium in Osaka in August.

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