Sunday, April 10, 2011

Card Of The Week April 10

This is a 1959 Doyusha menko card of Hiroo Kataoka of the Dragons. Kataoka had a relatively short four year career from 1959 to 1962. According to Japan Baseball Daily's Data Warehouse write-up, he "was released by the Dragons due to a panic disorder that left his hands paralyzed when he got really tense." I have to say that he looks pretty uneasy in this card. (I will point out that he was released by the Dragons after the 1960 season and then spent two seasons with the Swallows.)

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