Sunday, March 8, 2009

Career Home Run Leaders #7 (tie) - Sachio Kinugasa

There's a tie for seventh place on the All Time Career Home Run Leader list. Both Sachio Kinugasa and Isao Harimoto hit 504 home runs during their careers.

Sachio Kinugasa is best known for being the first player to ever pass Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak. Like Gehrig, he ended his streak when he ended his career, although thankfully he didn't end his career for similar reasons. Cal Ripken has since passed Kinugasa's 2215 game streak.

Kinugasa spent his entire career with the Carp. He came up in 1965, although he didn't become a regular until 1968. His consecutive game streak began in 1970 and ended with his retirement in 1987.

1977 Yamakatsu:

1985 Calbee (#200):

This 2008 BBM Hiromshima Memorial card (#15) celebrates his passing of Gehrig:

2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9 #066:

(The card at the top of this post is 2002 BBM 2nd Version #830)

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