Isao Harimoto: The Greatest Hitter in Japanese Baseball History

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On a nice Spring afternoon in 1959, our father took us to see the Toei Flyers (now called the Nippon Ham Fighters… of Yu Darvish fame) play the Nankai Hawks at Namba Yakyujo, home of the Hawks in Osaka, Japan. The Flyers’ left fielder was an emerging rookie named Isao Harimoto, a left-hander who was […]

Kazuhisa Inao: The Greatest “Big Game” pitcher in Japanese Baseball History

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Those of us who grew up during the ’50s in Japan all knew about Kazuhisa “Iron Man” Inao. In fact, he earned that nickname on his way to 276 career victories and a revered place in Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame. Victor Starffin and Tadashi “Bozo” Wakabayashi, great pitchers in their era, were now retired. […]

Valentine’s Day in Boston

In 2004, Valentine began his 2nd stretch as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines baseball club in Japan. In 2005, the Marines beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks for their first Pacific League pennant in 31 years.

  Bobby Valentine will now take the helm of the troubled ship that is the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are one of baseball’s most storied clubs, and it will take a leader with strong resolve to lead them. In Valentine, the Red Sox hierarchy has chosen well. Valentine has a history as a […]

History of Baseball: The Man From Maui

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A previous post about the great pitcher, Tadashi “Bozo” Wakabayashi, prompted an ongoing conversation about who is the greatest Hawaiian athlete of all time. There are many candidates… Buster Crabbe, Gerry Lopez, the legendary Duke Kahanamoku… and several other worthy athletes. For my money, the greatest athlete in the history of Hawaii is… the man […]