Ken Kutsukake at bat

brainball

Under Coach Harry Miyasaki’s direction in the early 1920s the Asahis developed their own brand of baseball, a game of strategy and speed. They played using tactics of bunting, squeeze plays and base running. The newspapers called it “smartball” or “brainball.”

Brain Ball

Smart Ball

Under Coach Harry Miyasaki's direction in the early 1920s, the Asahis developed their own brand of baseball. The newspapers called it "smartball" or "brainball." The 1926 Vancouver Sun observed "... Miyasaki has drilled into them the fine points of the game and there is no club in local amateur circles that plays more to signals than they do."

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Ken Kutsukake at bat, Powell Ground, ca. 1939. Courtesy of Pat Adachi.

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