Wednesday, 14th January 2009
Baseball legends elected to hall of fame
Several Japanese baseball legends were elected to the sport's hall of fame yesterday (January 13th).
Former Nippon Ham Fighters owner Yoshinori Okoso and baseball historian Ichiro Kimijima were named to the hall.
Legendary Yakult Swallows player, five-time home run king, the late Noboru Aota, was also inducted.
Aota, who died in 1997, began his career in the game at the age of 17 in 1942 when he signed for the Yomiuri giants.
He was a key member of the teams dominating squad of the 1950s which secured a batting championship and two RBI titles, reports the Daily Yomiuri.
Meanwhile, former Yakult Swallows manager Tsutomu Wakamatsu was also present among the new inductees who were voted in by a panel of electors including professional sports writers and existing members of the hall.
Japan's baseball hall of fame and museum was established in 1959 next to the Korakuen Stadium (now the site of the Tokyo Dome).
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