Victor Starffin was the first non-Japanese elected to the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame. He pitched for the 1934 All Japan team that faced the Ruth/Gehrig Major League All Stars. He traveled to the US with the Yomiuri Giants (Japan's first pro team) in 1935 and 1936. From 1936 (first year of Japan Pro Baseball) until 1955, he was a dominant pitcher, becoming the first to win 300 games in Japan.
Unfortunately, 1947 was not one of Starffin's better seasons. He was suffering from both physical and mental difficulties, as well as alcoholism. Thus, he appeared in only 20 games, going 8-10, 3.27 for the Taiyo Robins. However, those 20 games encompassed 162 1/3 innings! Starffin would bounce back in 1948 and 1949 to his dominant form.
This blank backed card has a scarce manufacturer's "winner" stamp on the back. It is in very high grade for type.
Size: 1 3/4" x 2 13/16"