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.
|2014 BBM 80th Anniversary Batters Edition #09|
1947 (2 different)
|1947 JBR 36|
1948-49 (2 different)
1949 (3 different)
|2005 BBM Glorious Stars #015|
|~1949 Uncatalogued Bromide|
1950 (2 different)
|1950 JBR 9|
|2016 BBM The Ballpark Stories #097|
|2006 BBM Nostalgic Baseball #107|
|1967 Kabaya-Leaf #409|
|2006 BBM Nostalgic Baseball #056|
1967 Away Alternate
|2007 BBM Draft Story #021|
|2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9 #T-03|
|2014 BBM Classic #090|
|2008 BBM Back To The 70's #054|
|2013 Epoch Rookie Of The Year #29|
1973 Alternate (7 different)
|2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #097|
|2008 BBM Back To The 70's #020|
|2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #098|
|2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #099|
|1977 Calbee #148|
|1980 Calbee #215|
|2008 BBM Back To The 70's #055|
|1983 Calbee #253|
|1983 Calbee #560|
|1990 Calbee #23|
|2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #100|
|2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #101|
|1997 BBM #75|
|2007 BBM 2nd Version #513|
|2006 BBM 2nd Version #511|
2004-10 Spring Training
|2004 BBM 1st Version #150|
|2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #102|
|2014 BBM WE LOVE HOKKAIDO #08|
|2014 BBM WE LOVE HOKKAIDO #06|
|2014 BBM WE LOVE HOKKAIDO #18|
|2014 BBM WE LOVE HOKKAIDO #21|
|2014 BBM 2nd Version #535|
|2013 BBM 2nd Version #561|
2011- Spring Training
|2012 BBM 1st Version #050|
|2014 BBM WE LOVE HOKKAIDO #01|
|2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #105|
|2016 BBM The Ballpark Stories #105|
|2016 Calbee #C-3|
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.