Asahi Baseball Team National Historic Event

Vancouver, British Columbia
Asahis win the Burrard League Championship at the Powell Street Grounds. July 14, 1940. (© Japanese Canadian National Museum / NNM 1996-180-002)
Asahis win the Burrard League Championship, 1940
(© Japanese Canadian National Museum / NNM 1996-180-002)
Address : 400 Powell Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2008-08-26
Dates:
  • 1914 to 1941 (Significant)

Other Name(s):
  • Asahi Baseball Team  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 2007-093

Importance: Asahi's athletic and sportsmanlike performances inspired both Japanese and Euro-Canadian spectators

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque:  400 Powell Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

Between 1914 and 1941, at a time when Japanese Canadians faced racism, Vancouver's Asahi Baseball Team thrilled fans by winning championships in senior amateur leagues. Its signature offensive strategy, "brain ball," emphasized bunting and speed on the bases, reflected the values of discipline and team work, and, coupled with a sparkling defence, levelled the playing field with more powerful opponents. The Asahi became a symbol of the Japanese-Canadian struggle for equality and respect, and despite being disbanded during the Second World War internment, left a legacy of inspiration for future generations.