Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 Hall Of Fame Class

The new Hall Of Fame inductees were announced today.  Former Giants pitcher Masaki Saitoh and former Lions, Hawks, Giants and Baystars pitcher Kimiyasu Kudoh were both elected in the "Players Division" vote.  Orions star from the 1950's and 60's Kihachi Enomoto was elected in the "Expert Division" while the "Special Selection" Committee elected two executives - Takizo Matsumoto and Masataka Yamanaka.

By the way Jim Allen recently wrote a post on Enomoto and why he deserved to be elected.

Here are some cards of the new inductees.  I've done posts previously for Kudoh (when he retired) and Enomoto (when he passed away).

Masaki Saitoh

1987 Takara Giants #41

2001 BBM #30

Kimiyasu Kudoh

1982 Takara Lions #47

2009 BBM Baystars #YB28

Kihachi Enomoto

1958 JCM 68

2014 BBM 80th Anniversary Batters Edition #80

Masatake Yamanaka

I want to point out here that Yamanaka never played professional baseball but the 48 wins he earned pitching for Hosei in the late 1960's is the career record for the Tokyo Big Six league and he was included in BBM's 2011 Legend Of The Tokyo Big Six set.  I'm pretty confident in saying that this is the only baseball card he has ever had.

2011 BBM Legend Of The Tokyo Big Six #105

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