Baseball game, 1930s

Nikkei (neek-kay)

Japanese term meaning ‘of Japanese descent,’ referring to Japanese immigrants and their descendants.

pepper

A baseball practice or warm-up game. The Asahis entertained spectators by not always revealing where the ball was.

fan

An enthusiastic follower of a sport.

The Club and the community

Baseball fever

Baseball was a phenomenon in Nikkei communities. Fans tuned in to major league play and cheered Babe Ruth and Vancouver’s all-stars in the rain. They came out for the Asahis everywhere the team played, rapt from the pepper pre-game show to the last inning.

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Baseball game, 1930s. Courtesy of Reggie Yasui.

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