There are only a few
different rookie cards of Japan Hall of Fame member, Hisanori Karita, and this
is one of them! Karita's 20 year plus playing career spanned both the Golden Age
of Big Six University baseball, and Japan Pro Baseball's early postwar era. As
a student at Hosei U., Karita faced Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, et al during the
1934 Major League All Stars Tour of Japan. In 1936, the slick fielding second
baseman participated in the first season of Japan Pro Baseball, forming the
Million Dollar Double Play Combination with shortstop Shinichi Nakamura. In
Spring 1938, Karita was named league MVP. He ultimately played for six Japan
Pro Baseball franchises, often as player/manager before hanging up his cleats
after the 1951 season.
Here we have a card of Hisanori Karita at the
beginning of his Tokyo Big Six University League career. This rookie card
depicts the slick fielding infielder sliding into second base.
Blank back card
Size: 2" in