Lot # 44: 1949 JBR 52b Kenjiro Tamiya (HOF) Rookie Color Bromide—Who Am I? Back Version

Category: Baseball Cards

Starting Bid: $30.00

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Item was in Auction "Auction 65 Ended 3/18/2023",
which ran from 2/27/2023 5:00 PM to
3/18/2023 11:00 PM

There are 126 different cards of Kenjiro Tamiya listed in Japanese Baseball Cards Checklist & Price Guide, Vintage Edition 3.0.  Of those, only two are rookie color bromides.  One of the two is offered in this lot.  What is most interesting about the card offered here is that it depicts Tamiya as a pitcher, rather than an outfielder.

Originally a pitcher, Tamiya a lefthander, was converted to the outfield after a few years with the Tigers, where he developed into an outstanding hitter. In his rookie year, Tamiya threw 160 innings finishing with an 11-7 record.  However, he barely pitched in 1950 and 1951, as arm troubles and poor performance dictated a switch to the outfield.  

Tamiya finally hit his stride as an outfielder early in 1954, batting .300 or more in seven of the next nine seasons.  During his career, he was selected to five Best 9 teams and led both the Central and Pacific Leagues in many offensive categories, including OPS twice, batting average and slugging percentage. Seven times he led the league in being hit by a pitch!

This is one of only a few cards in which Tamiya is shown as a pitcher, and it is one of the most beautiful.

Size:  2 1/4” x 3”

Condition:  Vg/Ex

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