Category: Japan

this day in baseball 1118

On September 21, 1987, 40-year-old Japanese star Sachio Kinugasa announces that he will retire at the end of the season. Kinugasa, who had earlier surpassed Lou Gehrig’s ironman record, plays in his 2,192nd consecutive game...

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Sadaharu Oh hits first homerun

On April 26, 1959, Sadaharu Oh hits the first home run of his Japanese League career. Oh will go on to hit 868 home runs during his stellar career in Japan, setting a world record for the most documented home runs in professional baseball history.

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Browns lend players

On April 28, 1952, the St. Louis Browns “lend” two African-American minor league players, infielder John Britton and pitcher Jim Newberry, to the Hankyu Braves of the Japanese Pacific League. The Browns become the first major league organization to loan or sell players to a team outside of the United States.

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