The photograph was taken during the 1951 U.S. Major League All Star Tour of Japan. More specifically, we believe that it was taken on November 7, 1951, on which day the U.S. team faced the Nagoya Dragons. Nishizawa, a member of the
Dragons, played in only two games of the Tour, and this was one of them. Additionally, tickets for the game contained a photo of DiMaggio and Nishizawa. The U.S. defeated the Dragons that day by a score of 11 to 1.
Michio Nishizawa made his Japan Pro Baseball debut as a pitcher in 1937 at the age of only 15! In 1940, at the age of 18, he went 20-9 with a 1.92 ERA. He pitched a no hitter in 1942. After the end of World War II, he switched to the
outfield, where he became an even bigger star until his retirement after the 1958 season. A five time all-star, Nishizawa was inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. Also pictured in the photo is U.S. General William F.
Marquat, who did not sign. Both players signed the photo with a blue steel tipped fountain pen.
The lot includes a JSA letter of authenticity.
Size: 5 1/4" x 6 1/2"
Condition: The DiMaggio autograph grades 7 out of 10. The Nishizawa autograph grades 8.5 out of 10. The photo exhibits corner wear and chipping around the edges. There is a vertical crease which runs the length of the card.