This first prize premium card from a display sheet was most likely associated with either JBR 51 or one of the JBR 52 issues, but we are not sure as to the exact set from which the card originated. Kozuru is seen here wearing his 1949 Daiei Stars uniform.
Makoto Kozuru, known as Japan's Joe DiMaggio, played Japan Pro Baseball from 1942 to 1958 with the Dragons, Flyers, Stars, Robins and Carp. He may be Japan's most overlooked superstar. He is the holder of three all time single season records, all set in the same season. In 1950, he had 161 RBI, 143 runs scored and 376 total bases. Additionally, in 1950, he hit .355 with 51 homers. Naturally, he won the Central League MVP award that year, leading the Robins to the league pennant. And that .355 batting average was no fluke. Kozuru had batted .361 in 1949! Blank backed card.
Size: 7 1/4" x 10"
Condition: Would be G/Vg but "Stars outfielder Kozuru 3" is written in Japanese on the blank back in magic marker.