First Annual Powell Grounds Ball Game, 2006

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.’

Canadian legends

The Asahis live on

In 2005 the Asahis were inducted in their hometown British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame. The Japanese Canadian National Museum produced an exhibition about their legacy to tour Canada. And at Powell Grounds where it all began, the first annual Asahi tribute game was played in 2006 to commemorate the team, Canadian baseball legends.

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First Annual Powell Grounds Ball Game, Oppenheimer Park, Vancouver, B.C., August 8, 2006. John Endo Greenaway, photographer. Courtesy of John Endo Greenaway.

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