The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum 50th ANNIVERSARY

Inauguration Admission Tickets Reprinted!!

To all baseball fans

Ryozo Kato,Chairman of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

We take great pleasure in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which was built with the spirit of cooperation and support of the entire baseball world of Japan and was inaugurated on June 12, 1959.
Our purpose is to honor the baseball greats who have contributed to the development of baseball in Japan by inducting them into the Baseball Hall of Fame and also to collect and display memorable artifacts and literature from Japanese baseball history in the Baseball Museum and its Library.
Since nine baseball greats headed by Matsutaro Shoriki, Hiroshi Hiraoka and Eiji Sawamura were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in its inaugural year, a total of 168 distinguished baseball greats have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame through 2009. The Baseball Museum and its Library now include more than 30,000 collected items and more than 50,000 books and magazines.
As we express our genuine gratitude for your kind cooperation extended to us thus far, we would like to ask you to continue to encourage us with your support towards the realization of the mission of our institution.
In closing, we are looking forward to your kind patronage and frequent visits to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Ryozo Kato,
Chairman of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

History of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum


Oh and Nagashima were its contemporaries
The 1959, when the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was officially opened to the public, saw a memorable sayonara home run by Shigeo Nagashima at Korakuen Stadium in the presence of the Emperor and Empress. It was in the same year that Sadaharu Oh joined the Yomiuri Giants.
The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was a detached building adjacent to Korakuen Sadium, which existed on the right of the BHFM. As the photo right shows, streetcars ran on the Hakusan Street in those days.

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is all-inclusive,and supported by the whole baseball world in Japan
The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was officially dedicated on Jun 12, 1959, supported by all the baseball organizations, pro and amateur, in Japan. Its mission is to contribute to the development of baseball in Japan through (1) dedication of baseball greats, pro and amateur, as Hall of Famers, and (2) collection and exhibition of memorable artifacts and literature. As of 2009, 168 baseball greats are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Baseball Museum boasts 30,000 items, and the Baseball Library (open to the public) 50,000 books and magazines.

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Now
On March 17, 1988, the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was newly opened to the public as an institution housed within the Tokyo Dome, with a floor space of 1,700 square meters, twice as large as that of the old one. The entrance is situated just right of Gate 21.
The chairman of the Foundation of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has been concurrent with Commissioner of Baseball (the first being Nobori Inoue). The chairman incumbent (the 11th) is Ryozo Kato

The Opening Ceremony on June 12, 1959

  • Chairman Nobori Inoue makes an inaugural speech on the ground floor of the BHFM

  • Douglas MacArthur II, American Ambassador to Japan, makes a congratulatory speech in the presence of baseball executives

  • Fumio Fujimura, the 1st Mr. Tigers (photo left) and Hideo Nakagami, who pitched the first perfect game in Japan (photo right), are on tour around the second floor of the building.

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