Roy Yamamura and Naggie Nishihara

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.

Players

Steady influences

Veterans like third baseman Junji Ito and famed shortstop Roy Yamamura had a steadying influence on younger Asahi players. Ito, known as the Asahi's "king of bunting," taught them to bunt like a master. Yamamura, called "the dancing shortstop," played and coached the team as manager well into the late 1930s.

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Roy Yamamura and Naggie Nishihara, ca. 1939. Suga Family Collection. Japanese Canadian National Museum.

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