Men's baseball team
Asahis win the Burrard League Championship, 1940
© Japanese Canadian National Museum / NNM 1996-180-002

The Asahi baseball team was designated a national historic event in 2008.

Historical importance: Asahi's athletic and sportsmanlike performances inspired both Japanese and Euro-Canadian spectators.

Commemorative plaque: 400 Powell Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Footnote 1

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.

 

Bronze commemorative plaque on its stand
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada commemorative plaque for Asahi Baseball Team National Historic Event
Bronze commemorative plaque on its stand
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada commemorative plaque for Asahi Baseball Team National Historic Event
 

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