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Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM, BUSSEI
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20110030000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BASEBALL UNIFORM, BUSSEI
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1955
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
2
Description
1. UNIFORM, BASEBALL. LABELLED “UNIQUE CRESTS… TORONTO”, TEAM NAMED ON FRONT OF SHIRT “BUSSEI”, NUMBERED ON SHIRT BACK “11”. (H-78.3 L-88 W-0.9) 2. PANTS OFF WHITE WITH RED PINSTRIPE DOWN LEG, PANT INSIDE WAISTBAND LABELLED “UNIQUE.. TORONTO”, “SIZE 32”. (H-94.5 L-39.2 W-3.4)
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
SPORTS EQUIPMENT
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
UNIFORM WORN BY DONOR ROY SASSA DURING TIME SPENT PLAYING FOR THE, “BUSSEI” BASEBALL TEAM (RAYMOND) IN THE SUGAR BEET LEAGUE. SASSA PLAYED LEFT FIELDER FROM 1953-1955. UNIFORMS WERE DONATED BY THE RAYMOND BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND ARE 100% WOOL. FELLOW, “BUSSEI” TEAMMATE SHIG NAKAGAWA TOLD GALT STAFF IN 2011, “BUSSEI IS A SHORT FORM OF JAPANESE YOUNG BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION OR TO THAT EFFECT”. AS THE YOUNGEST PLAYER ON THE TEAM AT AGE 16, SASSA WAS INCLUDED BECAUSE THEY NEEDED MORE PLAYERS TO FORM A FULL TEAM. OTHER TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE INCLUDED TABER/BARNWELL, MAGRATH, PICTURE BUTTE, RAYMOND, LETHBRIDGE AND COALDALE. NAKAGAWA SAID, “OUR PARENTS WERE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THIS TEAM. THEY WERE THE RIGOROUS SUPPORTERS. MIND YOU WE HAD TO WORK THE SUGAR BEETS TO GO OUT TO THIS. WE PUT OUR SHARE IN.” PLAYERS ON THE TEAM WOULD WORK DURING THE DAY IN THE SUGAR BEET FIELDS, AND GO TO PRACTICES AFTER WORK. SASSA SAID, “WELL IT WAS ONLY ON SUNDAYS THAT WE PLAYED [GAMES], AND IF WE HAD TO GO OUT OF TOWN, YOU’D HAVE TO LEAVE QUITE EARLY. YOU WOULD DO A FEW ROWS OF BEETS BEFORE YOU LEFT AND QUICKLY EAT, AND THEN GET CHANGED, AND MEET AT THE CHURCH AND AWAY WE’D GO.” THE TEAM NEVER TOOK A BUS [BUT] INSTEAD CARPOOLED. SASSA SAID, “A LOT OF THESE OLDER GUYS HAD FAMILY CARS THEY WERE ABLE TO DRIVE. LIKE MYSELF I WAS TOO YOUNG AND NEVER HAD A CAR, SO I WOULD ALWAYS GET A RIDE. IT WAS NO PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM WAS A SHORTAGE OF MONEY, AND I REMEMBER COMING HOME FROM PICTURE BUTTE, OR COALDALE, OR TABER AND IT’S EVENING AND IT’S TIME TO STOP FOR DINNER. THEY WOULD ALWAYS WANT TO STOP IN AT THE CHINESE RESTAURANT IN LETHBRIDGE. I WOULDN’T HAVE ANY MONEY, BUT THESE OLDER GUYS WOULD HAVE THE MONEY, AND THEY WOULD ALWAYS FORCE ME INTO GOING INTO THE RESTAURANT TO BUY ME SUPPER. AND I TELL YOU I’LL NEVER FORGET THE FELLAS THAT PAID MY LUNCHES AND SUPPERS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. IT WAS HARD. SO NOW, WHEN I TOOK MY BOYS OUT OF TOWN TO HOCKEY TOURNAMENTS AND HOCKEY GAMES, THERE’S ALWAYS SOME PEOPLE THAT DIDN’T SEND THEIR CHILDREN WITH MONEY AND IT DIDN’T BOTHER ME ONE BIT TO BUY THEM LUNCHES AND MEALS WHEREVER WE WENT. IT JUST DIDN’T BOTHER ME AT ALL.” SASSA SAID, “MY FATHER WAS A BALL PLAYER IN VANCOUVER AND HIM AND I, WE’D PLAY CATCH AND BAT THE BALL AROUND AND THAT’S HOW I GOT INTERESTED IN IT, AND I LIKED THE SPORT AND EVEN TO THIS DAY I ENJOY BASEBALL.” THE RAYMOND TEAM HAD A STRONG SENSE OF CAMARADERIE. WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS STRONGEST MEMORY FROM THE TEAM, SASSA SAID, “THE BOND, FOR ME ANYWAYS, AND HOW I WAS TREATED. YEAH, THEY TREATED ME JUST… JUST LIKE A BROTHER I GUESS. THAT’S HOW I REMEMBER IT.” FOR MORE INFORMATION AND 2011 MUSEUM INTERVIEW WITH NAKAGAWA AND SASSA, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20110030000
Acquisition Date
2011-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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