Friday, September 25, 2009

Shozo Doi

Former Giants infielder and Orix Blue Wave manager Shozo Doi has passed away at age 67. Doi made his debut with the Giants in 1965, which was the first year of the V9 Giants. His team won the Nippon Series for each of the first nine years of his 14 year career. Doi is more notable for being Ichiro Suzuki's first NPB manager - the one who famously said that Ichiro would never hit with that batting stance. He managed Orix from 1991 to 1993. He was later a coach with the Giants.

Some cards:

1997 BBM Giants (V9 subset) #G93:

1978 NST #172:

1991 BBM #74:

1997 BBM Giants #G3:

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