Lot # 110: Late 1940s Uncatalogued Large Bromide Baseball Card--Hideo Fujimoto (HOF) Autograph

Category: Autographs

Starting Bid: $100.00

Bids: 20 (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

Hideo Fujimoto (1918-1997) 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.

This large, horizontal format black & white bromide baseball card was signed by Hideo Fujimoto in blue ink. During our 34 years in business, this is the first time we have had the opportunity to offer a single signed Fujimoto autograph at auction. Years ago, Japanese players rarely signed photos or baseball cards. Therefore, we regard this card as a scarce piece of memorabilia.

Size: 4 3/8" x 2 3/8"

Condition: Autograph--9 out of 10. Baseball card--Vg. The blank back has minor paper loss due to original placement for sale of the card on a display sheet by the manufacturer.

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