Ken Kutsukake, catcher, Fife player at bat

stealing bases/base stealing

When a player on base successfully reaches the next base while the pitcher is throwing the ball to home plate and the ball has not yet been hit, or caught by the catcher.


Disciplined teamwork

Infielders or outfielders, Asahi players impressed with dazzling speed and disciplined teamwork. From behind the plate, catchers like Reggie Yasui and Ken Kutsukake surveyed the entire field. They called the pitches, and with lightening skill threw out base stealers and blocked runners from home plate.


Ken Kutsukake, catcher, Fife player at bat, Powell Ground, 1939. Ken and Rose Kutsukake Collection. Japanese Canadian National Museum.