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The coach of the Portland Fuji, Frank Fukuda, was one of the key players in developing Japanese Baseball in the Pacific-Northwest. Fukuda emigrated from Japan to Seattle in 1906 and played for Seattle Nippon and Seattle Mikado before going on to form Seattle’s Asahi Club, a Japanese community club.
Fukuda worked for Seattle Shokin Ginko, a local bank. He worked his way up from cashier to vice president and moved to Portland when the bank failed in 1927. Shortly after, he was nominated as head of the Portland Japanese Language School. From 1927 to 1931, Fukuda managed the Fuji Athletic team.
This hand-sewn reproduction is based off of the original 1931 design. We are delighted to help revive this rare item that perfectly celebrates the rich, pre-war Japanese-American baseball story.