Asahi Clovers, 1933

bunt

The batter positions the bat in front of the body and doesn’t fully swing at the ball, but instead meets the ball and places it usually on the ground along the third base line or the first base line.

cutoff

A play where one outfielder throws home to catch a runner who is trying to score, and an infielder, recognizing this play cannot be made, cuts off the outfielder’s throw to make a play on another runner.

Powell Street Grounds

Used for baseball and soccer from 1898 on, this park, officially named Oppenheimer Park, is located on the East side of Vancouver, bounded by Powell, Jackson, Cordova and Dunlevy Streets. Many Nikkei lived in the immediate area before the community was uprooted in 1942. See map ‘Baseball Parks in Vancouver.’

squeeze

A play made with usually less than two outs, in which the runner on third base tries to score on a bunt.

Recruiting Talent

Practice, practice, practice

Young Asahi ball players would get up early to practice at Powell Street Grounds before and after school. To achieve discipline and teamwork, coaches drilled their young players. The finer points of bunting, fielding, base running, squeeze plays and the cutoff were practiced over and over until they were executed flawlessly.

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Asahi Clovers, Powell St. Ground, ca. 1933. Ken and Rose Kutsukake Collection. Japanese Canadian National Museum.

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