Sunday, November 15, 2009

Card Of The Week November 15

I was looking up some stuff the other day regarding the beginning of the two league system in Japan in 1950 when I was reminded of a rather obscure piece of trivia - the team that is now the Saitama Seibu Lions began life in 1950 as the Nishitetsu Clippers. Before the 1951 season, the Clippers merged with the Nishi-Nippon Pirates and the new team was christened the Nishitetsu Lions. (I could be wrong here, but it looks like Nishi-Nippon Railroad actually owned both the Clippers and the Pirates - Nishitetsu IS Nishi-Nippon Railways.) Interestingly enough, the Pirates were a Central League team while the Clippers (like the Lions) were in the Pacific League.

Anyway, I found a card of a Clippers player (Tokuji Kawasaki) from the 2006 BBM Nostalgic Baseball set (#076):

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