Tom Miyata


Outfield masters

In the outfield, Asahi players like Tom Miyata were renowned for game-saving catches. Uncannily accurate fielding was typical of Abie Korenaga at centre and Mousie Masuda in right field. Fans helped, too, opening up running room on the left field line at Powell Street Grounds for fleet-footed left fielder Frank Shiraishi to catch fly balls.


Tom Miyata, 1926. Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family.