baseball cards from the early postwar era are almost unheard of. In this case we have a card signed by Hall of
Famer and Osaka Tigers legend, Fumio Fujimura (1916-1992). The bold autograph is signed in shocking purple
ink! Fujimura is a relatively tough
autograph to obtain in general.
affectionately known as "Mr. Tigers", was the heart and soul of the
Osaka team from 1936 to 1958. A third baseman, his lifetime batting average was
exactly .300. Fujimura was known for his on-the-field intensity. Once, he and
manager Kenjiro Matsuki (HOF) threw an umpire to the ground during a dispute
over a strikeout. The resulting suspension ended Fujimura's consecutive games
played streak at 1,014.
Fujimura was Central
League MVP in 1949. He was elected to six consecutive Best 9 teams and led the
league in homers twice. In 1950, Fujimura batted .362 with 39 homers, 146 RBI
and 100 walks over a 140 game season! His OBP was .465, and his OPS was a
Size: 2 1/4” x 2 3/8”
Condition: The autograph grades 7 to 8 out of 10. The card is Vg.