Bill Staples, Jr.

Chandler, Az

BILL STAPLES JR. is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) in Arizona with a passion for researching and telling the untold stories of the “international pastime”. His areas of expertise include Japanese American and Negro Leagues baseball history as a context for exploring the themes of civil rights, cross-cultural relations and globalization.

He is a board member of the Nisei Baseball Research Project (, chairman of the SABR Asian Baseball Committee, research contributor to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, past speaker at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame (2006), Japanese American National Museum (2012), NINE Spring Training Conference (2012), SABR Annual conference (2011) and two-time presenter at the Arizona SABR Annual Spring Training convention (2007, 2009).

Staples is the author of the biography Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer (McFarland, 2011), funded in part by a 2010 SABR-Yoseloff Baseball Research Grant. His Zenimura bio received the 2012 SABR Baseball Research Award which honors outstanding projects that “have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball.” He is also a contributing author to the following academic endeavors: article “Black Giant: Biz Mackey’s Texas Negro League Career” in Black Ball: A Journal of the Negro Leagues (McFarland, Spring 2008); and “Japanese American Baseball” in Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, and Political History (ABC-CLIO, 2015).

He has contributed to numerous articles and news stories for global media including The Rafu Shimpo, The Christian Science Monitor, The Arizona Republic, San Antonio Express,, KOLD TV 13 (Tucson, AZ), TV Asahi (Tokyo, Japan) and NHK (Japan Broadcast Corporation; Tokyo).

  • Education
    • Arizona State University
    • University of North Texas