Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Hall Of Fame class

The results for this year's Hall Of Fame ballot were released today and there were five new inductees.  Longtime Lions catcher (and one time Lions and current Marines manager) Tsutomu Itoh was elected from the "Players Division" while the "Expert Division" elected former Dragons pitcher and manager (as well as Tigers, Eagles and 2008 Olympic manager) Senichi Hoshino and former Whales pitcher Masaji Hiramatsu.  Amateur umpire Hiroshi Goshi and "developer of standardized baseball rules" (for lack of a better term) Mirei Suzuki were elected from the "Special Division".

Here are cards for the new inductees who were former players (I don't know of any cards for Goshi or Suzuki).  I previously did a post on Hoshino when he retired as Eagles manager in 2014 and I got an autograph from him at the Cal Ripken World Series back in 2010.

Tsutomu Itoh

1982 Takara Lions #27

1993 BBM #439

2003 BBM 2nd Version #633

Senichi Hoshino

2011 BBM Legend Of Tokyo Big 6 #038

1981 Calbee #364

2012 BBM 2nd Version #663

Masaji Hiramatsu

1977 Yamakatsu JY3

2016 BBM The Ballpark Stories #037

2005 BBM 2nd Version #816

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