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HIRAOKA, HiroshiI 

Founder of the first baseball club

Inducted 1959
Category Elected by the Special Committee
From Tokyo
Born August 5,1856
Died May 6,1934
Alma Mater

Returning from his study in the U.S in 1877, the railway engineer brought back baseball equipment and guidebooks and formed the Shimbashi Athletic Club, the first baseball team in Japan. Thus he is called "father of baseball in Japan.


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