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The first "Mr. Tiger"; famous for his aggressiveness

Inducted 1974
Category Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
From Hiroshima
Born August 14,1916
Died May 28,1992
Alma Mater Taisho (Goko) Junior High School

The winning pitcher in Koshien (1934) joined the Tigers in 1936 and played as a clutch hitter until his retirement in 1958. The aggressive "Mr.Tigers,"home-run king in '49, MVP in '50, was famous for his long "wash-line" pole bat.


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