Masaichi Kaneda: The Emperor

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In Japan, during the 1950s and 1960s, Masaichi Kaneda, Shigeo Nagashima, Sadaharu Oh and Katsuya Nomura were the faces of professional baseball. Nagashima, a third baseman, and Oh, a first baseman, were power-hitting teammates for the Yankees of Japan, the Yomiuri Giants. Nomura was the home run-slugging catcher for the Nankai Hawks, and Masaichi Kaneda […]

Victor Starffin: The Greatest Pitcher in Japanese Baseball History?

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Victor Starffin, except for a fluke of history, might have been a member of the American baseball Hall of Fame. He was the first pitcher to win 300 games in Japanese baseball history, and was elected to the Japan Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1960. Much of his family history is speculative and disputed, […]

History of Baseball: Japan’s First Pro Ballplayer in America

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The history of baseball is often a reflection of American culture. Sometimes, the history of baseball in Japan merges with the history of baseball in America. A friend of mine was recently involved in a heated debate with a business associate about who was the first professional baseball player from Japan to play in the […]