Lot # 7: 1929 JCM 168 Baseball Back Menko--Mitsuru Enjoji--Rare

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After starring at Koshien as a schoolboy, Mitsuru Enjoji (1908-1983) enrolled at Hosei U. of the Tokyo Big Six University League where he was a first baseman and occasional pitcher during the years 1927 to 1929. However his greatest fame (or infamy) was achieved as a Japan Pro Baseball umpire from 1946 to 1967. He is best remembered for being involved in one of the most controversial decisions in Japan Series history.

In 1961, in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 4 between the Hawks and Giants, a pitch that appeared to be over the plate, and would have ended the game in the Hawks' favor was called a ball by Enjoji. A vociferous protest broke out. After order was restored, the Giants came back to win the game, and subsequently won the Series.

The JCM 168 set has received the scarcity factor designation of R5 in the Japanese Baseball Card Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 2.1 by Gary Engel, meaning that five or fewer copies of each card in the set are known.

Size: 1 3/4" x 2 3/4"

Condition: Vg/Ex

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