Despite the fact that we have never seen an example of this card before, we are certain that it was produced in 1950, as Fujimoto is pictured in a uniform that was worn by Yomiuri Giants players only during the years 1947 to 1950, and the text on the card reads "Central League, Giants Fujimoto pitcher". Japan Pro Baseball was divided into two leagues for the first time in 1950, with the Giants being assigned to the Central League. The card was originally issued as a first prize winner card on a display sheet.
Korean native Hideo Fujimoto is the all time Japan Pro Baseball leader in lifetime ERA (1.90), single season ERA (0.73) and all time winning percentage (.697). He is credited with introducing the slider to Japanese baseball. He pitched the first perfect game in Japan Pro Baseball history. He is a Sawamura (Japan Cy Young) Award winner. In 1943 alone, he pitched in 432 2/3 innings, threw 19 complete game shutouts and went 100 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run! He was also a decent hitter, batting .245 in nearly 1,500 plate appearances, occasionally playing second base, third base, and outfield. The 5' 7" 145 right hander is certainly one of the most overlooked of the great Japanese baseball players. Blank backed card.
Size: 5 7/8" x 8"