Monday, February 16, 2015

Card Of The Week February 15

NPB Reddit posted a link the other day to a mostly complete broadcast of the Tigers/Giants game at Koshien on April 17, 1985.  This particular game is memorable for what happened in the bottom of the seventh after the Giants were up 3-1 and the Tigers got two on with two out.  If you want to watch what happened next, fast forward to about the 1:20:00 point in the video.

Randy Bass hit a three run home run to put the Tigers up 4-3 and both Masayuki Kakefu and Akinobu Okada followed him with solo home runs to get the lead up to 6-3.  The Tigers would need all those runs to hold off the Giants who scored another 2 runs in the top of the ninth to bring the final score to 6-5.  This game is viewed as a sign that 1985 was going to be a magical season for Hanshin and it was as they won their first (and so far only) Nippon Series that year.

Here are cards of the back-to-back-to-back home run hitters:

1984 Takara Kids Tigers (Bass)

1980 Calbee Small #53 (Kakefu)

1980 Yamakatsu JY12 (Okada)

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