Auntie Baseball

Hometown Stories

27m 15s
Broadcast on July 3, 2022 Available until July 3, 2024

Kids in Osaka Prefecture rarely call Tanahara Yasuko by her real name. Instead, they affectionately refer to her as simply, Auntie. For decades, this 82-year-old baseball coach has used tough love to get the best out of her young players both on and off the field. She's a local legend, and her 140-member team is a powerhouse in Japan's Little Leagues. Auntie is a moral compass for the children she mentors – especially those who must navigate sport and school while growing up in single-parent households.

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