single signed autograph is not often seen. Quite possibly, this is due to the
fact that he died fairly young (age 56 years).
We believe that he signed this card in 1949, at the height of his
career. The autograph is signed boldly
in blue fountain pen.
One of the best
hitters of the 1940s and 1950s, Hiroshi Oshita (1922-1979) was equally famous for his blue
bat and his sordid off-the-field behavior. Born in Japan but raised in Taiwan,
Oshita entered Japan Pro Baseball in 1946. He was named to eight Best 9 teams
during his career. Oshita loved the nightlife and had a legendary appetite for
both sake and women. His favorite boast was that he never learned a thing in
college. (He attended Meiji U.) However, his .303 lifetime batting average
indicates that he learned at least one thing in college--how to hit!
Blank back card
Size: 2 1/8” x 3 1/8”
Condition: Autograph—8 to 9 out of 10. Card—Vg with “A5” written on the blank back
in blue ink.