Lot # 34: 1947 Uncatalogued Bromide Sadao Kondo (HOF) (Rookie)--Rarely Seen HOFer--High Grade

Category: Baseball Cards

Starting Bid: $40.00

Bids: 2 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Auction 63: Ended 4/9/2022",
which ran from 3/26/2022 7:00 PM to
4/9/2022 11:00 PM

For a Hall of Famer, Sadao Kondo had a fairly unremarkable career as an active player. Over 12 seasons, Kondo, a pitcher, had a 55-71 won-lost record in only 1,239 innings. He did have one outstanding year, 1946, in which he won 23 games and had an ERA of 2.18 over 300 1/3 innings. Early in 1947, however, he badly injured his middle finger. In 1948, after a trade to the Dragons, he did log 272 2/3 innings, but slipped to a dreadful 7-23 record. His career went mostly downhill from there.

From 1981 to 1991, Kondo was a Japan Pro Baseball manager. While he did win a Central League pennant with the Dragons in 1981, his overall career managerial numbers are not particularly impressive, as he had a lifetime .474 winning percentage.

The reason Kondo is a Hall of Famer is that he was the first Japanese manager to divide his pitching staff into starters and relievers. Until Kondo did this with the Dragons' pitchers, Japanese starters typically started and relieved. In fact, the team's top starter was often also its closer! Because of Kondo's unspectacular playing career, few cards were issued of him. In fact, only three cards depicting Kondo as an active player are listed in the Japanese Baseball Card Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 2.1. All three of those cards are scarce. This is a fourth, scarce, uncatalogued card depicting Sadao Kondo. It contains the same image as the 1947 JBR 110 Oku Small Menko, only this card and image are larger than JBR 110.

Blank backed card.

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

Condition: Appears Nm+ on the front but there is some paper residue on the reverse side due to previous mounting in an album.

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