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 45 in 1971. As a result, his autograph is difficult to obtain. In fact, this is the first single signed autograph of Aramaki that we have ever offered. Aramaki signed in blue ballpoint pen on a large size bromide baseball card which is currently uncatalogued. Based on the uniform that Aramaki is wearing, the card was most likely produced in either 1951 or 1952.
Blank backed card.
Size: 3 3/8" x 4 3/4"
Condition: The autograph grades 7.5 out of 10. The card grades Fair to Good.