Friday, January 22, 2016

More Memories Of Uniform - Fighters Edition

I really hadn't intended to take a six month break from doing these posts but life and work have been keeping me pretty busy lately (and 22 retiring players that I felt were worth doing posts on kept me pretty busy as well).  I'll try to get back to doing these somewhat regularly (although they are quite time consuming).

The team that is now the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters was founded after the war as the Senators.  It was founded by Saburo Yokozawa who had managed a pre-war team called the Tokyo Senators from 1936-37 but this team is not considered a continuation of that team (technically that team is now the Saitama Seibu Lions but officially that team is simply defunct).  The team played the 1946 season as the Senators, then was sold to Tokyu who renamed the team the Tokyu Flyers.  There was a brief merger in 1948 with the Daiei club which resulted in another name change (the Kyuei Flyers) for that season before Daiei "unmerged" with them to buy the Kinsei Stars and the team name reverted to the Tokyu Flyers.  The team was sold to Toei in 1954 and renamed the Toei Stars.  In 1973 the team was sold to the Nittaku Home real estate company and renamed the Nittaku Home Flyers.  Nittaku Home would only own the team that one year, selling out to Nippon-Ham at the end of the season.  The new name for the team starting in 1974 was the Nippon-Ham Fighters.  After sharing first Korakuen Stadium and later the Tokyo Dome with the Yomiuri Giants for 40 years, the team moved to Sapporo in 2004 and changed their name to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.

As I did for the earlier posts I am using The History Of Uniform and Professional Baseball Uniforms Encyclopedia 1936-2013 as my primary sources as well as Yakyu Baka's Uniform posts.

1946

2014 BBM 80th Anniversary Batters Edition #09

1947 (2 different)

1947 JBR 36


1948

1948-49 (2 different)

1949 (3 different)

2005 BBM Glorious Stars #015

~1949 Uncatalogued Bromide

1950 (2 different)

1950 JBR 9

1951-53 Home

1951-53 Away

1953-60 Home

2016 BBM The Ballpark Stories #097

1953-60 Away

2006 BBM Nostalgic Baseball #107

1961-67 Home

1967 Kabaya-Leaf #409

1961-67 Away

2006 BBM Nostalgic Baseball #056

1967 Away Alternate

1968 Home

1968 Away

2007 BBM Draft Story #021

1969-71 Home

2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9 #T-03

1969-71 Away

1972 Home

2014 BBM Classic #090

1972 Away

2008 BBM Back To The 70's #054

1973 Home

2013 Epoch Rookie Of The Year #29

1973 Away

1973 Alternate (7 different)

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #097

1974 Home

2008 BBM Back To The 70's #020

1974 Away

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #098

1974-78 Home

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #099

1974-78 Away

1977 Calbee #148

1979-81 Home

1980 Calbee #215

1979-81 Away

2008 BBM Back To The 70's #055

1982-87 Home

1983 Calbee #253

1982-87 Away

1983 Calbee #560

1988-92 Home

1990 Calbee #23

1988-92 Away

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #100

1993-2003 Home

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #101

1993-2003 Away

1997 BBM #75

2004-10 Home

2007 BBM 2nd Version #513

2004-10 Away

2006 BBM 2nd Version #511

2004-10 Spring Training

2004 BBM 1st Version #150

2005 Throwback

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #102
2007 Hokkaido

2014 BBM WE LOVE HOKKAIDO #08

2008 Hokkaido

2014 BBM WE LOVE HOKKAIDO #06

2009 Hokkaido

2014 BBM WE LOVE HOKKAIDO #18

2010 Hokkaido

2014 BBM WE LOVE HOKKAIDO #21

2011- Home

2014 BBM 2nd Version #535

2011- Away

2013 BBM 2nd Version #561

2011- Spring Training

2012 BBM 1st Version #050

2012 Alternate

2013 Hokkaido

2014 BBM WE LOVE HOKKAIDO #01

2014 Hokkaido

2014 Throwback

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #105

2015 Hokkaido

2016 BBM The Ballpark Stories #105
2015 Throwback

2016 Calbee #C-3

Notes:

This one was a bit of a challenge as BBM has only done one OB team set for the Fighters and it was to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their move to Hokkaido so it wasn't anything near comprehensive.  I had been hoping for a 70th Anniversary set last year but it didn't happen.  BBM has had a handful of OB cards that depict players from the 1947-53 Tokyu and Kyuei Flyers but most of them don't show off the uniform very well so I didn't use them.

There are some subtle differences between uniforms that might not be obvious (or visible).  For example, the 1979-81 uniforms differ from the 1974-78 uniforms in that they have belts and the player's name on the back.  The 1982-87 uniforms only differ from the 1988-92 uniforms because of the hats - HOU treats 1982-92 as one uniform but PBUE splits them into two (which is what I went with).

I have only four cards showing members of the Nittaku Home Flyers and two of them are in this post.  The other two commemorate Naoki Takahashi's no-hitter and show the home uniform.

One interesting tidbit of trivia - the 1946 team wore "hand-me-down" uniforms from the 1936 Hankyu team.

This is the only team so far that I've seen have a "spring training" uniform identified in PBUE.

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