Lot # 41: 1950 Atsushi Aramaki (HOF) (Rookie) Large Uncatalogued Bromide Baseball Card

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We know that Aramaki is wearing his 1950 Mainichi Orions uniform because of the star that appears on the left sleeve, which was part of the team's uniform only in 1950. We have seen this card only once before, so it is exceedingly rare. It was originally a second prize card attached to an unknown display sheet.

Atsushi Aramaki joined Japan Pro Baseball in 1950, fashioning a record of 26-8 with a 2.08 ERA, leading the expansion Mainichi Orions to the inaugural Japan Series championship. Unsurprisingly, he was named Rookie of the Year. He was an Orions mainstay during the next decade, posting a winning record over ten consecutive seasons. During that time, his ERA during each season was less than 2.45! No less than Bill Veeck, after seeing him dismantle the New York Giants during their 1953 Tour of Japan, made Aramaki a standing contract offer. Unfortunately, Aramaki's health deteriorated soon after finishing his career as an active player. He passed away at age 44 in 1971. Blank backed.

Size: 4 1/2" x 6 1/2"

Condition: Ex with extra paper on the blank back due to the card's having been originally issued on a display sheet.

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