Terminal League Championship

Asahis win the Terminal League Championship at the Powell Street Grounds in 1932 and at Con Jones Park in 1933.

Vancouver Asahi baseball team, Terminal League Championship, 1933

F.S. Fujiwara, photographer. Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family.
1933
© Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family


Vancouver Sun news clipping

Ten-cents baseball under lights starts at Con Jones Park. The first night game features Shores Jewellers versus the Asahis. The modern light system is installed by Canadian General Electric.

Image : Vancouver Sun news clipping, May 8, 1935, “Dime Baseball Attracts Record Gathering To Con Jones Park.”

Vancouver Sun
1935-05-08
© Vancouver Sun


Babe Ruth comes to Vancouver

Babe Ruth comes to Vancouver in October. 3000 fans come to see his team of major leaguers play the local All-Stars. The game ends on a run-scoring double play with a 2-2 tie. The next morning Ruth and his team leave for Yokohama.

Image : Vancouver Sun news clipping, October 20, 1934, “Schacht’s Clowning Saves Big Leaguers’ Ball Show Which is Rained All Over”

Vancouver Sun
1934-10-20
© Vancouver Sun


Vancouver Sun news clipping

Asahis play an exhibition game against the visiting Tokyo Giants at Con Jones Park during the Giants’ North American tour.

Image : Vancouver Sun news clipping, May 18, 1935, "Japanese Stars Here Tonight."

Vancouver Sun
1935-05-18
© Vancouver Sun


<i>News Herald</i> news clipping

Asahis quit the Terminal League and join the Commercial League at Powell Grounds. The Terminal League folds.

Image : News Herald news clipping, September 19, 1935, "Asahis Threaten To Leave Dime League."

News Herald
1935-09-19
© News Harald


The Official Fan Score Book, 1937

Asahis win the Commercial League Championship at the Powell Street Grounds.

Image : The Official Fan Score Book, 1937

BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
1937
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Vancouver Sun news clipping

Asahis play in the Burrard League and Commercial League against the Patricias, Merritt-Gordon, and the Western Monarchs.

Image : Vancouver Sun news clipping, June 15, 1939, “Kas [sic] Suga Knocks Off Monarchs.”

Vancouver Sun
1939-06-15
© Vancouver Sun


Asahi Baseball Club

Asahis win the Burrard/Commercial League Championship at the Powell Street Grounds.

Image : Burrard-Commercial-Pacific Northwest Japanese Triple Champion Asahi Baseball Club, 1938

Columbia Studio. Courtesy of Reggie Yasui.
1938
© Courtesy of Reggie Yasui


Vancouver Asahi baseball team

Asahis win the Burrard League Championship at the Powell Street Grounds.

Image : Vancouver Asahi baseball team, Wood Fibre, B.C., July 14, 1940. Back L-R: Kohei Mitsui, Kaye Kaminishi, George Yoshinaka, Roy Yamamura, Nagi Harold Nishihara. Front L-R: Tommy Sawayama, Frank Shiraishi, George Shishido, Kaz Suga, Miki Maruno, Ken Kutsukake.

Japanese Canadian National Museum Photographic Collection
1940-07-14
96/180.002
© Japanese Canadian National Museum


Last Asahi team

Asahis’ last season. They are ousted from the Burrard Cup race during the semi-finals, a surprise for a team that almost monopolised the cup in previous years.

Image : Last Asahi team, 1941. Columbia Studio. Back L-R: Yuki Uno, Eddie Nakamura, Nagi Nishihara, Kohei Mitsui, Kaz Suga. Front L-R: Mike Maruno, Ken Kutsukake, George Shishido, Roy Yamamura, Tom Sawayama, Frank Shiraishi. Kneeling: Kiyoshi Suga.

Courtesy of Reggie Yasui
1941
© Courtesy of Reggie Yasui


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Identify and discuss the social conditions of the Nikkei in Canadian society;
  • Describe the influence of Asahi on Canadian population;
  • Explain the positive aspects of such a sport organization;
  • Deduct, from the information given in the exhibition, an overview of Canadian society before the Second World War.

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