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KONDO, Sadao 

First to divide pitchers into starters and relievers

Inducted 1999
Category Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
From Aichi
Born October 2,1925
Died January 2,2006
Alma Mater Hosei University

The 23-game winner with the Giants injured his middle finger in 1946 but used it to his advantage in developing palm- balls. He was the first todivide pitchers into starters and relievers and led the Dragons to the pennant in 1982.


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