Slow-Pitch Ball Game Honours Asahi baseball team + exhibit at JCNM

Slow-Pitch Ball Game Honours Asahi Baseball Team

Asahi Logo link to their siteFirst Annual Powell Grounds Ball Game
A Tribute to the Vancouver Asahi Baseball Team

Monday, August 7, 11:00 a.m.
Oppenheimer Park, 400 block Powell Street, Vancouver

As part of this year’s Powell Street Festival, a ball game will take
place to celebrate the Vancouver Asahi baseball team’s legacy. This
will be a physical and fun opportunity for communities and baseball fans to
celebrate and learn about the Asahi baseball team on the field where
they once played.

This is a free public event. Youth, adults, seniors and families are
all welcome! Refreshments will be available. Please bring your own lawn
chair. We want Asahi fans and all baseball enthusiasts to play or come
see the game. Pre-registration is required for players.

Please contact the Japanese Canadian National Museum for more
information or if you would like to register to play.

Tel: 604-777-7000 ext.109

Media contact:
Krysta Mukai - Events Coordinator (Summer)
Japanese Canadian National Museum
Tel: 604-777-7000, ext. 109
Fax: 604-777-7001

Vancouver Asahi Club, October 3, 1915. F.S. Fujiwara, photographer. Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family. Yuki Uno at bat, Powell Grounds, ca. 1940. Courtesy Pat Adachi.

Levelling the Playing Field: Legacy of Vancouver's Asahi Baseball

October 29, 2005 – September 2, 2006

From 1914 to 1941 this talented team of Japanese Canadian baseball players
competed and won in the Vancouver senior leagues, instilling enormous
pride in a community faced with racial prejudice and inequality. The
Asahis played baseball like no others, and they were the only ethnic
Asian team in the league. Barely five feet tall, “dancing shortstop”
Roy Yamamura was incomparable racing around the bases to steal the opposition
blind. Third baseman Sally Nakamura was “home run king” while
catcher Reggie Yasui could bunt wherever he wanted, like most of the
Asahis. Long before Little League, coach Harry Miyasaki created three
tiers of junior teams to nurture talent for the Asahi brand of brain
ball. This club could win without a hit. They were legendary, and they
had a dream.

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