Rob Tanaka


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.”

New Generations

New generations

Former Asahis continued to play and coach teams wherever they went. They passed on to new generations of young players the Asahi “brainball” technique and spirit of good sportsmanship. Rob Tanaka, born in 1971, was inspired by a long line of Asahis, with three Tanaka ballplayers and Ty and Kaz Suga in the family.


Rob Tanaka, member of Canadian national junior baseball team, 1988. From Pat Adachi, Asahi: A Legend in Baseball, Etobicoke, Ont.: Coronex Printing and Publishing Ltd., 1992, p. 186.