Vancouver Asahis

Baseball Card - Vancouver Asahis

1914-1941

Most popular Vancouver baseball club between first and second world wars. Only ethnic team and only team of colour in Vancouver senior leagues in their era. Known for “brainball” – unique running game of strategy, speed and daring based on bunting and stealing bases. Began in 1914 as a youth team. Broke into Vancouver senior league play in 1918, went on to become top gate attraction. Won ten senior baseball championships 1919-1940. First Canadian club with multilevel youth teams system. Forced to disband 1942. Inducted in Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame.

Highlights

1919 International League Champion • 1921 Tour of Japan
1926, 1930, 1932, & 1936 Terminal League Champion • 1935 Exhibition play with Tokyo Giants
1938 Triple Champion – Burrard, Commercial, Pacific Northwest Japanese Leagues
1939 & 1940 Burrard Champion • 1937-1941 Pacific Northwest Japanese League Champion

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