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Japanese Baseball Card of the Day: Shigeo Nagashima’s retirement card (Epoch’s Shigeo Nagashima Memorial Treasures)

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Shigeo Nagashima, the legendary #3 and the third baseman who along with Sadaharu Oh, dominated the game of baseball as the one-two punch or better known in Japan as “On Hou”!

In 1958, his rookie year would have him leading the league in home runs (29) and RBIs (92) and also taking home the “Rookie of the Year Award”.

Nagashima would win the MVP Award five times, the Best Nine Award for 17 years straight and would become part of the Yomiuri Giants Dynasty that would win nine league championships from 1965-1973.

Nagashima would eventually retire as a player on October 14, 1974 and would become the coach of the Yomiuri Giants, with his best years being 1994, 1996 and 2000, in which they won the championship.  He would also be known for drafting Hideki Matsui (which both would receive the People’s Honour Award on May 5, 2013).

While I could have chosen many other cards in the wonderful and elegant Shigeo Nagashima Memorial Treasures cards from Epoch, the 1974 retirement speech and goodbye is one of the most memorable of Nagashima moments.

Here is a video of the retirement:

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