After winning the 1963 Central
League pennant by 2 1/2 games over the Chunichi Dragons, the Yomiuri Giants
faced the Pacific League Champion Nishitetsu Lions in the Japan Series. It was
a grueling seven game set, with the Giants winning Game 7 in an 18-4 blowout
over Lions HOFer Kazuhisa Inao. Sadaharu Oh smashed two homers in the rout and
Golden Player Isao Shibata also homered.
Oh homered four times during
the series and won the Most Outstanding Player award, while Shigeo Nagashima was named series MVP. Tetsuharu Kawakami managed the Giants to their second Japan
Series championship in his first three years at the helm. Ultimately, during
Kawakami's 15 years in charge of the Giants, the team won an astounding 12
Japan Series titles, including nine consecutive wins from 1965-1973!
This large panoramic color
photo was produced by the Hochi Shimbun (newspaper). Kawakami is seen at
bottom row center, directly above a large trophy. A young Sadaharu Oh can be
found in the front row second from left (uniform #1) waving his hat. Shigeo
Nagashima (#3) can be seen just over Kawakami's left shoulder. In all, there
are nine Japan Hall of Fame members/Golden Players in this photo. Others
include active players Masahiko Mori, Isao Shibata, Motoshi Fujita and Tatsuro
Hirooka, with coaches Hiroshi Nakao and Shigeru Makino.
The lot also includes a thin,
semi-transparent page containing a listing and diagram indicating the positions
of all team members pictured in the photo. Japanese Text.
Size: 19 7/8" x 9
Condition: Ex. The photo shows evidence of having been
rolled up at one time. There is a
vertical crease on the thin, semi-transparent page which does not appear on the