Only two copies of this large card are known. It is part of a set of 10 Hanshin Tigers
players. Wakiabayashi’s team, position
and name are printed horizontally across the bottom of the card in white
Japanese text. Interestingly, “Japan
Baseball Federation issued” is printed at lower right in parentheses, making JBR 78 one of the first card sets, if not the first, ever authorized by Japan Pro Baseball!
By 1949, Henry Tadashi “Bozo” Wakabayashi, a native of Oahu, was a
player/manager winding down his Hall of Fame career. As a pitcher, he had already won 20 or more
games during six seasons. He had been
managing the Tigers since 1942. At the
age of 41, he put together a respectable 15-14, 3.29 record on the mound for
the Tigers in 1949.
Blank back card
Size: 3 3/8” x 5 7/8”