This uchiwa style fan was designed to be waved by a fan at the ballpark. It contains images of two of the biggest stars of Japan Pro Baseball during the 1940s and 1950s.
Michio Nishizawa (color front image) 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.
Takeshi Doigaki (red drawing on back) was the most prominent catcher of the postwar era in Japan, and
surprisingly was never elected to the Hall of Fame. Playing primarily for the Hanshin Tigers and Mainichi Orions during his 18 year career (1940-1957), Doigaki won five consecutive Best 9 awards, and had a lifetime batting average of
.282. He barely missed out on consecutive league batting championships.
Nishizawa's surname is printed on his cap. Doigaki's name does not appear with his image.
Size: 10 3/4" tall (including the stick). The paddle portion is 4 3/4" in diameter.