Sunday, January 25, 2015

RIP Takashi Imoto

Former Kintetsu Buffaloes pitcher Takashi Imoto passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 64 this weekend.  Imoto spent 10 seasons with the Buffaloes from 1973 to 1982 and then finished his playing career with the Swallows (1983-84).  Probably his biggest claim to fame was winning two games for the Buffaloes against the Carp in the 1979 Nippon Series, a Series that the Buffaloes ultimately lost.  He won the "Fighting Spirit" award for that Series, which is kind of an MVP for the losing team.

I don't have many cards of him, only a couple of Calbees from the late 70's and early 80's.  He's shown up in a couple of BBM's OB sets dedicated to Kintetsu - the 2009 Kintetsu Memorial set, the 2011 Legend Of the Bs set and the recently released Buffaloes Achievement set.

1979 Calbee Nippon Series

1981 Calbee #35

2009 BBM Kintetsu Memorial #31

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