Fuji Athletic Club

Nearly a century before Ichiro Suzuki would appear in his first game with the Seattle Mariners, the biggest Japanese in not just Seattle but the entire Pacific Northwest was a man named Frank Fukuda.

Often called “The Father of Baseball in the Pacific Northwest,” Fukuda emigrated from Japan to Seattle as a 17-year-old in 1906. After playing on a couple early Japanese ballclubs in Seattle, Seattle Nippon and Seattle Mikado, Fukuda formed baseball teams at Seattle’s Asahi Club, a prominent social and athletic club for the city’s Japanese community.

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