Wednesday, February 12, 2014

1991 Card of Week: 1991 BBM Hideo Nomo

1991 BBM #379
For the latest edition of my card of the week, I will showcase my only Japanese card.  It is the 1991 BBM card of Hideo Nomo.  He has several cards from this set, but this is his base rookie card.  Of course, Nomo was the initial player to succeed in MLB from Japan since 1965 and started the trend of others coming over here to compete when did so in 1995.
The former Dodger All Star is now a Hall of Famer too.  No, he was not elected in with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas into Cooperstown's Hall of Fame, but was chosen for Japan's hall of fame in their 2014 class.  Also a part of this group includes former Seattle Mariner closer Kazuhiro Sazaki and Koji Akiyama.
An oddity of having Nomo in Japan's hall of fame is that he only played five years in Japan and a total of twelve in MLB.   His combined stats from the two major leagues puts him over 200 career wins and 3,000 strikeouts, but his impact reaches beyond just numbers.  Congratulations Nomo san.


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