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Encyclopedia > Hanshin Tigers
Hanshin Tigers
League Central League
Location Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture
Ballpark Hanshin Kōshien Stadium
Year Founded 1935
Nickname(s) Hanshin (阪神), Tigers (タイガース), Tora (トラ, "tiger"), "Mōko" (猛虎, "fierce tiger")
League championships 1962, 1964, 1985, 2003, 2005
Japan Series championships 1985
Former name(s) Ōsaka Tigers (19361940, Nicknamed "Tigers"), Hanshin (19401946), Ōsaka Tigers (19471960, Nicknamed "Hanshin")
Colors White, black and yellow
Logo Design A tiger's head on a red disk outlined in black, reading "Hanshin Tigers"
Mascot TO LUCKY (トラッキー, No. 1985)
LUCKY (ラッキー, No. 1994)
Manager Akinobu Okada (岡田 彰布, No. 80)
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The Hanshin Tigers (阪神タイガース Hanshin Taigāsu?) are a Nippon Professional Baseball team based in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, and are in the Central League. Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd., the subsidiary of Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Inc., owns the Hansin Tigers directly. It is the sister team of the American baseball team Detroit Tigers and in Steven King and Stewart O'Nan's 2004 book Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season, the Tigers are often portrayed as the Japanese Red Sox. The team's circular logo is very similar to the classic Detroit Tigers logo, except the tiger in the Major Leagues version is orange, whereas Hanshin's is yellow. The Tigers' cap logo is very similar to that of the New York Yankees, and they are often seen with similar pinstriped uniforms. Hanshin Tigers Logo This work is copyrighted. ... See also: Central League (football) The Central League (セントラル・リーグ Sentoraru Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Pacific League). ... Nishinomiya (西宮市; Nishinomiya-shi) is a city located in Hyōgo, Japan, between the cities of ÅŒsaka and Kōbe. ... Hyōgo Prefecture (兵庫県 Hyōgo-ken) is located in the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Hanshin Kōshien Stadium (阪神甲子園球場, Hanshin Kōshien KyÅ«jō) is a baseball park located near Kobe in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... For other uses, see Tiger (disambiguation). ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Yomiuri Giants have won twenty Japan Series, more than any other team. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Nishinomiya (西宮市; Nishinomiya-shi) is a city located in Hyōgo, Japan, between the cities of ÅŒsaka and Kōbe. ... Hyōgo Prefecture (兵庫県 Hyōgo-ken) is located in the Kinki region on Honshu island, Japan. ... See also: Central League (football) The Central League (セントラル・リーグ Sentoraru Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Pacific League). ... Hanshin Umeda Station Hanshin Electric Railway Co. ... The head office of Hankyu Hanshin Holdings in Kita-ku, Osaka Hankyu Hanshin Holdings, Inc. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42 Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin Field (1912-1938) Bennett... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42 Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin Field (1912-1938) Bennett...

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History of the Hanshin Tigers

Kōshien Stadium (in 1992)

The Hanshin Tigers, one of the oldest professional clubs in Japan, were founded in 1935 with the team being formed in 1936. The team was first called the Ōsaka Tigers. In 1940, amid anti-foreign sentiment, the Tigers changed the name to Hanshin and in 1947 changed the name back to Ōsaka Tigers. The current team name was assumed in 1961. Image File history File links Koshien. ... Image File history File links Koshien. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Tigers won four titles before the establishment of the two league system in 1950. Since the league was split into the Central League and the Pacific League, the Tigers have won the Central League pennant five times (1962, 1964, 1985, 2003, 2005) and the Japan Series once (1985). Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: Central League (football) The Central League (セントラル・リーグ Sentoraru Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Pacific League). ... The Pacific League (パシフィック・リーグ Pashifikku Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Central League). ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ...


When the 2004 Major League Baseball season opened in Japan, the Tigers played an exhibition game against the New York Yankees at the Tokyo Dome on March 29. The Tigers won 11–7. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Tokyo Dome Baseball at the Tokyo Dome The Tokyo Dome and the amusement park Tokyo Dome City Attractions. ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2005 and 2006, over 3 million people visited to see the games hosted by the Tigers in each year. It is only the Tigers of 12 baseball teams in Japan.


On January 31, 2007, the Tigers presented uniforms for the 2007 season. For home games, one of the colors of the team, yellow, is used again.


The home field, Hanshin Kōshien Stadium, is used by high school baseball teams from all over Japan for play in the national championship tournaments in spring and summer. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hanshin Kōshien Stadium during the 1992 Kōshien tournament View from the Alps stands In Japan, high school baseball (高校野球: kōkō yakyÅ«) generally refers to baseball tournaments played by high schools nationwide culminating at a final tournament at Hanshin Kōshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Japan. ...


Famous players in Hanshin Tigers history include Randy Bass, Masayuki Kakefu, Minoru Murayama, Jeff Williams, and many others. Randy William Bass (born March 13, 1954 in Lawton, Oklahoma) is a former American baseball player and current politician. ... Jeff Williams (Born June 6, 1972 - ) is an Australian-born, left-handed pitcher for the Hanshin Tigers baseball team, who formerly played for the LA Dodgers. ...


Koshien Stadium

The home field of the Tigers, Hanshin Koshien Stadium, is one of three major natural grass baseball stadiums in Japan. The others are the Hiroshima Municipal Ballpark (Hiroshima Toyo Carp), and Skymark Stadium in Kobe (part-time home of the newly-merged Orix Buffaloes). Of the three, only Skymark (Kobe) has grass on the infield as well as in the outfield. There are numerous smaller grass field ballparks around the country; Japanese baseball teams frequently play games in small cities so that local fans can see more of their heroes. Hanshin Kōshien Stadium (阪神甲子園球場, Hanshin Kōshien Kyūjō) is a baseball park located near Kobe in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. ...


Koshien Stadium is by far the oldest ballpark in Japan; built in 1924, the stadium was once visited by American baseball legend Babe Ruth on a tour of Major League stars in 1934. There is a monument commemorating this visit at the front gates of the park. Babe Ruths number 3 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1948 George Herman Ruth, Jr. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ...


Koshien is revered as a "sacred" ballpark, and players traditionally bow before entering and before leaving its hallowed field. The losing team in any high school baseball game played at the ballpark is allowed to scoop up handfuls of Koshien infield dirt, stuffing holy clay clods into tiny plastic bags as hordes of Japanese papparazzi snap photos at arm's length.


Curse of the Colonel

Main article: Curse of the Colonel

As with many other underachieving baseball teams, a curse is believed to lurk over the Tigers. After their 1985 Japan Series win, fans celebrated by having people who looked like Tigers players jump into the Dotonbori Canal. According to legend, because none of the fans resembled first baseman Randy Bass, fans grabbed a life-sized statue of Kentucky Fried Chicken mascot Colonel Sanders and threw it into the river (like Bass, the Colonel had a beard and was not Japanese). The statue was never recovered. Thus, the Tigers are said to be doomed never to win the season again until the Colonel is rescued from the river. Col. ... Look up Curse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Dotonbori typifies the flamboyance of Osaka. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... Randy William Bass (born March 13, 1954 in Lawton, Oklahoma) is a former American baseball player and current politician. ... KFC (full name Kentucky Fried Chicken) is a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. ... Harland David Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders (September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980) was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). ...


In 2003, when the Tigers returned to the Japan Series after 18 years with one of the worst records in the Central League, many KFC outlets in Kōbe and Ōsaka moved their Colonel Sanders statues inside until the series was over to protect them from Tigers fans.


Trivia

Tiger fans are known as perhaps the most fanatical and dedicated fans in all of Japanese professional baseball. They often outnumber the home team fans at Tiger "away" games. Tiger fans also have a reputation for rough behavior and a willingness to brawl with other fans or with each other, although long fights are rare. They have been known to attack the Tiger's team bus after losses.


A famous Tiger fan tradition is the release, by the fans, of hundreds of air-filled balloons immediately following the 7th inning stretch and the singing of the Tiger's fight song. This tradition is carried-out at all home and away games, except at games against the Yomiuri Giants in the Tokyo Dome due to the Giants' notoriously heavy-handed rules for behavior by visiting fans.


The Giants-Tigers rivalry is considered the national Japanese derby, on par with the New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball or Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona in Spanish football. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Real Madrid Club de Fútbol is a Spanish sports club most widely known for its professional football team based in Madrid. ... Futbol Club Barcelona, known familiarly as Barça (IPA: baɾ.sə), is a sports club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ... Fútbol or balompié is the most popular sport in Spain. ...


"The Fight Song of the Hanshin Tigers (阪神タイガースの歌 Hanshin Tigers no Uta?)", as known as "Rokko Oroshi" (The Wind of Mount Rokko), is a popular song in the Kansai area. It can even be found on karaoke boxes. Nunobiki waterfall Mt. ... The Kansai (Japanese: 関西) region of Japan, also known as the Kinki region (近畿地方, Kinki-chihō), lies in the Southern-Central region of Japans main island, Honshu. ... It has been suggested that Karaoke clubs in Sri Lanka be merged into this article or section. ...

Hanshin Tigers no Uta (Rokko Oroshi, romaji)

Rokkō oroshi ni sassō to
Sōten kakeru nichirin no
Seishun no haki uruwashiku
Kagayaku wagana zo Hanshin Tigers
Ō-ō-ō-ō Hanshin Tigers
Fure-fure-fure-fure


Tōshi hatsuratsu tatsu ya ima
Nekketsu sude ni teki o tsuku
Jūō no iki takaraka ni
Muteki no warera zo Hanshin Tigers
Ō-ō-ō-ō Hanshin Tigers
Fure-fure-fure-fure

The Wind of Mount Rokko

(An official English version, not a direct translation)


Dashing swiftly through the wind blowin' from Rokko
Like the big sun soaring in the clear blue sky
Mighty spirit of the youth shows the victor's grace
The name that shines in glory "Hanshin Tigers"
Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Hanshin Tigers
Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray!


Powerful hits and skillful pitch achieved a thousand times
Trained with every discipline here at Koshien
Crowned with constant victory glorious, matchless feat
Always proud, invincible "Hanshin Tigers"
Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Hanshin Tigers
Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray!

Season-by-season

From the Nippon Sports Publishing Co., Ltd. (株式会社日本スポーツ出版社 Kabushikigaisha Nippon Spōtu Shuppansha?) guidebook.

Season Place Manager
Former Japanese Baseball League
Spring 1936 Did not place Shigeo Mori (森 茂雄?)
Summer 1936 Did not place Shigeo Mori (森 茂雄?)
Autumn 1936 2nd Shuichi Ishimoto (石本 秀一?)
Spring 1937 2nd Shuichi Ishimoto (石本 秀一?)
Autumn 1937 1st (League Champion) Shuichi Ishimoto (石本 秀一?)
Spring 1938 1st (League Champion) Shuichi Ishimoto (石本 秀一?)
Autumn 1938 2nd Shuichi Ishimoto (石本 秀一?)
1939 2nd Shuichi Ishimoto (石本 秀一?)
1940 2nd Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1941 5th Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1942 3rd Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志?)
1943 3rd Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志?)
1944 1st (League Champion) Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志?)
1945 No league play
1946 3rd Fumio Fujimura (藤村 富美男?)
1947 1st (League Champion) Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志?)
1948 3rd Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志?)
1949 6th Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志?)
In the Central League
1950 4th Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1951 3rd Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1952 2nd Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1953 2nd Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1954 3rd Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎?)
1955 3rd Ichiro Kishi (岸 一郎?)
→ Fumio Fujimura (藤村 富美男?)
1956 2nd Fumio Fujimura (藤村 富美男?)
1957 2nd Fumio Fujimura (藤村 富美男?)
1958 2nd Yoshio Tanaka (田中 義雄?)
1959 2nd Yoshio Tanaka (田中 義雄?)
1960 3rd Masayasu Kaneda (金田 正泰?)
1961 4th Masayasu Kaneda (金田 正泰?)
→ Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1962 1st (League Champion) Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1963 3rd Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1964 1st (League Champion) Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1965 3rd Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1966 3rd Shigeru Sugishita (杉下 茂?)
→ Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1967 3rd Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1968 2nd Sadayoshi Fujimoto (藤本 定義?)
1969 2nd Tsuguo Goto (後藤 次男?)
1970 2nd Minoru Murayama (村山 実?)
1971 5th Minoru Murayama (村山 実?)
1972 2nd Minoru Murayama (村山 実?) (- April 21)
→ Masayasu Kaneda (金田 正泰?) (April 22 -)
1973 2nd Masayasu Kaneda (金田 正泰?)
1974 4th Masayasu Kaneda (金田 正泰?)
1975 3rd Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1976 2nd Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1977 4th Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1978 6th (last place) Tsuguo Goto (後藤 次男?)
1979 4th Don Blasingame (Don Blazer)
1980 5th Don Blasingame (Don Blazer)
→ Futoshi Nakanishi (中西 太?)
1981 3rd Futoshi Nakanishi (中西 太?)
1982 3rd Motoo Andoh (安藤 統男?)
Takao Sato (佐藤 孝夫?) (June 13 - June 15)
1983 4th Motoo Andoh (安藤 統男?)
1984 4th Motoo Andoh (安藤 統男?)
1985 1st (League Champion)
Japan Series Champion
Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1986 3rd Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1987 6th (last place) Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1988 6th (last place) Minoru Murayama (村山 実?)
1989 5th Minoru Murayama (村山 実?)
1990 6th (last place) Katsuhiro Nakamura (中村 勝広?)
1991 6th (last place) Katsuhiro Nakamura (中村 勝広?)
1992 2nd Katsuhiro Nakamura (中村 勝広?)
1993 4th Katsuhiro Nakamura (中村 勝広?)
1994 4th Katsuhiro Nakamura (中村 勝広?)
1995 6th (last place) Katsuhiro Nakamura (中村 勝広?) (- July 23)
→ Taira Fujita (藤田 平?) (July 24 -)
1996 6th (last place) Taira Fujita (藤田 平?) (- September 11)
→ Takeshi Shibata (柴田 猛?) (September 12 -)
1997 5th Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1998 6th (last place) Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男?)
1999 6th (last place) Katsuya Nomura (野村 克也?)
2000 6th (last place) Katsuya Nomura (野村 克也?)
2001 6th (last place) Katsuya Nomura (野村 克也?)
2002 4th Senichi Hoshino (星野 仙一?)
2003 1st (League Champion) Senichi Hoshino (星野 仙一?)
2004 4th Akinobu Okada (岡田 彰布?)
2005 1st (League Champion) Akinobu Okada (岡田 彰布?)
2006 2nd Akinobu Okada (岡田 彰布?)

Tadashi Henry Wakabayashi (), born March 1, 1908, died March 5, 1965, was a professional baseball player from Oahu, Hawaii. ... Tadashi Henry Wakabayashi (), born March 1, 1908, died March 5, 1965, was a professional baseball player from Oahu, Hawaii. ... Fumio Fujimura (born August 14, 1916 in Hiroshima, died May 28, 1992) was a right-handed pitcher for the Osaka Tigers in Japans Nippon Professional Baseball. ... Fumio Fujimura (born August 14, 1916 in Hiroshima, died May 28, 1992) was a right-handed pitcher for the Osaka Tigers in Japans Nippon Professional Baseball. ... Yoshio Yoshida (born July 26, 1933 in Kyoto) was a professional baseball player for the Hanshin Tigers in Japans Nippon Professional Baseball. ... Yoshio Yoshida (born July 26, 1933 in Kyoto) was a professional baseball player for the Hanshin Tigers in Japans Nippon Professional Baseball. ... Don Lee Blasingame ( March 16, 1932 – April 13, 2005) was a second baseman in Major League Baseball who played with the St. ... One of the greatest catchers in Nippon Pro Baseball, Katsuya Nomura was known for his slugging hitting and his endurance behind the plate. ... One of the greatest catchers in Nippon Pro Baseball, Katsuya Nomura was known for his slugging hitting and his endurance behind the plate. ... Senichi Hoshino (星野仙一 Hoshino Senichi, born January 22, 1947) is a famous Japanese baseball player. ... Senichi Hoshino (星野仙一 Hoshino Senichi, born January 22, 1947) is a famous Japanese baseball player. ...

Players of note

Current players

  • 00 Shuta Tanaka (Shuta) (田中 秀太, 秀太) - IF
  •  0 Yutaka Nakamura (中村 豊) - OF
  •  1 Takashi Toritani (鳥谷 敬) - IF
  •  2 Toshihiro Noguchi (野口 寿浩) - C
  •  3 Kentaro Sekimoto (関本 健太郎) - IF, Kentaro Sekimoto official website (Japanese)
  •  4 Andy Sheets - IF
  •  5 Osamu Hamanaka (濱中 治) - OF, Osamu Hamanaka official website (Japanese)
  •  6 Tomoaki Kanemoto (金本 知憲) - OF, Tomoaki Kanemoto official website (Japanese)
  •  7 Makoto Imaoka (今岡 誠) - IF, Makoto Imaoka official website (Japanese)
  •  8 Ryo Asai (浅井 良) - C
  •  9 Atsushi Fujimoto (藤本 敦士) - IF, Atsushi Fujimoto official website (Japanese)
  • 12 Hiroshi Santo (三東 洋) - P
  • 13 Yasuhiro Nakamura (中村 泰広) - P
  • 14 Atsushi Nohmi (能見 篤史) - P
  • 15 Taiyō Fujita (Taiyō) (藤田 太陽, 太陽) - P
  • 16 Yuya Ando (安藤 優也) - P
  • 18 Naohisa Sugiyama (杉山 直久) - P
  • 20 Itsuki Shoda (正田 樹) - P
  • 21 Minoru Iwata (岩田 稔) - P
  • 22 Kyuji Fujikawa (藤川 球児) - P, Kyuji Fujikawa official website (Japanese)
  • 24 Shinjiro Hiyama (桧山 進次郎) - OF, Shinjiro Hiyama official website (Japanese)
  • 25 Ryo Watanabe (渡辺 亮) - P
  • 26 Hirotaka Egusa (江草 仁貴) - P
  • 28 Shinobu Fukuhara (福原 忍) - P, Shinobu Fukuhara official website (Japanese)
  • 29 Tatsuya Kojima (小嶋 達也) - P
  • 30 Tomoyuki Kubota (久保田 智之) - P
  • 31 Wei-Chu Lin (林 威助) - OF
  • 32 Tadatoki Maeda (前田 忠節) - IF
  • 33 Ikuro Katsuragi (葛城 育郎) - OF
  • 34 Kentaro Hashimoto (橋本 健太郎) - P
  • 35 Katsuhiko Saka (坂 克彦) - IF
  • 36 Ryan Vogelsong - P
  • 39 Akihiro Yano (矢野 輝弘) - C, Akihiro Yano official website (Japanese)
  • 40 Masashi Sajikihara (桟原 将司) - P
  • 41 Keiji Uezono (上園 啓史) - P
  • 42 Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (下柳 剛) - P, Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi official website (Japanese)
  • 43 Taichiro Kamisaka (上坂 太一郎) - IF
  • 44 Toru Fujiwara (藤原 通) - IF
  • 47 Makoto Yoshino (吉野 誠) - P
  • 50 Mitsunobu Takahashi (高橋 光信) - IF
  • 51 Koudai Sakurai (桜井 広大) - OF
  • 52 Masato Akamatsu (赤松 真人) - OF
  • 53 Norihiro Akahoshi (赤星 憲広) - OF, Norihiro Akahoshi official website (Japanese)
  • 54 Jeff Williams - P, Jeff Williams supporters' website
  • 55 Shinsuke Yamada (山田 真介) - OF
  • 59 Darwin Cubillan (Darwin) - P
  • 64 Takahiro Shoda (庄田 隆弘) - OF
  • 92 Esteban Yan - P
  • 99 Keisuke Kanoh (狩野 恵輔) - C

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Former players

  • George Altman - OF
  • Sohachi Aniya (安仁屋 宗八) - P
  • George Arias - IF
  • Gene Bacque - P
  • Randy Bass - IF
  • Mike Blowers - IF
  • Darnell Coles - IF, OF
  • Doug Creek - P
  • Glenn Davis (Glenn)
  • Rob Deer - OF
  • Yutaka Enatsu (江夏 豊) - P
  • Tom Evans - IF
  • Cecil Fielder - IF
  • Fumio Fujimura (藤村 富美男) - P, IF, died in 1992
  • Taira Fujita - IF (藤田 平)
  • Rich Gale - P
  • Mike Greenwell - OF
  • Shosei Go (呉 昌征) - OF, died in 1987
  • Dave Hansen - IF
  • Jason Hardtke - IF
  • Phil Hiatt - IF
  • Osamu Hoshino (星野 修, 星野 おさむ) - IF
  • Nobuyuki Hoshino (星野 伸之) - P
  • Kei Igawa (井川 慶) - P, Kei Igawa official website (Japanese)
  • Mark Johnson - IF, OF
  • Masaru Kageura (景浦 將) - OF, IF, P, died in 1945
  • Masayuki Kakefu (掛布 雅之) - IF
  • Tsutomu Kameyama (亀山 努, 亀山 つとむ) - OF Tsutomu Kameyama official website (Japanese)
  • Atsushi Kataoka (片岡 篤史) - IF, Atsushi Kataoka official website (Japanese)
  • Kozo Kawatoh (川藤 幸三) - PH, OF
  • Matt Keough - P
  • Mike Kinkade - IF
  • Willie Kirkland - OF
  • Masaaki Koyama (小山 正明) - P
  • Kojiro Machida (町田 公二郎) - OF
  • Darrell May - P
  • Kenjiro Matsuki (松木 謙治郎) - IF, died in 1986
  • Susumu Mikoshiba (御子柴 進) - P
  • Kurt Miller - P
  • Toyozo Minamimure (南牟礼 豊蔵) - IF, OF
  • Takao Misonoo (御園生 崇男) - P
  • Tray Moore - P
  • Romon Morel - P
  • Minoru Murayama (村山 実) - P, died in 1998
  • Kiyooki Nakanishi (中西 清起) - P (Present: a coach for the Tigers)
  • Akinobu Okada (岡田 彰布) - IF (Present: the manager of the Tigers)
  • Tom O'Malley - IF
  • Chris Oxspring - P
  • Eduardo Perez - IF
  • Larry Parrish - IF
  • Alonzo Powell - OF
  • Mike Reinbach - OF, died in 1988
  • Jerrod Riggan - P
  • Bienvenido Rivera - OF
  • Tsuyoshi Shinjo (新庄 剛志) - OF
  • Shane Spencer - OF
  • Kento Sugiyama (杉山 賢人) - P
  • Koichi Tabuchi (田淵 幸一) - C
  • Tony Tarasco - OF
  • Katsunori Tomari (渡真利 克則) - IF, OF, PH, (an umpire in the Central League)
  • Tomochika Tsuboi (坪井 智哉) - OF (Present: an outfielder for the Hokkaidō Nippon Ham Fighters)
  • Marc Valdes - P
  • Yutaka Wada (和田 豊) - IF, Yutaka Wada official website (Japanese)
  • Tadashi Wakabayashi (若林 忠志) - P
  • Marvell Wynne - OF
  • Keiichi Yabu (藪 恵壹) - P
  • Hiroshi Yagi (八木 裕) - IF, PH
  • Kazuhiro Yamauchi (山内 一弘) - OF
  • Hiroshi Yoshida (吉田 浩) - OF, (Present: a coach for the Tigers)
  • Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男) - IF
  • Toshiro Yufune (湯舟 敏郎) - P

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Jerrod Ashley Riggan (born May 16, 1974 in Brewster, Washington) is an American former Major League Baseball player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Dominican_Republic. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Tsuyoshi Shinjo (新庄 剛志, born January 28, 1972) is a Japanese professional baseball outfielder. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Shane Spencer (born February 20, 1972 in Key West, Florida) is a professional baseball outfielder, currently with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Kento Sugiyama (杉山 賢人, born December 12, 1968) is a former professional baseball player from Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Tony Tarasco is a former Major League baseball outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, and New York Mets from 1993 to 2002. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Tomochika Tsuboi (also spelled Tomotika Tsuboi) (Japanese: , born February 19, 1974 in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese baseball outfielder for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. ... The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters ) are a professional baseball team in Japans Pacific League. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Yutaka Wada (和田 豊, born September 2, 1962) was a Japanese baseball player for the Hanshin Tigers. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Tadashi Henry Wakabayashi (), born March 1, 1908, died March 5, 1965, was a professional baseball player from Oahu, Hawaii. ... 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Retired numbers

  • 10 Fumio Fujimura (藤村 富実男)
  • 11 Minoru Murayama (村山 実)
  • 23 Yoshio Yoshida (吉田 義男)

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Media relating to the Tigers

Newspapers
  • Daily Sports (デイリースポーツ)
  • Nikkan Sports (日刊スポーツ, Kansai)
  • Sankei Sports (サンケイスポーツ, Kansai)
  • Sports Nippon (スポーツニッポン, Kansai)
Broadcasting stations

Nikkan Sports ) is the first-launched Japanese daily sports newspaper founded in 1946. ... Sankei Sports ) is a Japanese language daily sports newspaper published by Sankei Shimbun. ... Sun Television Co. ... Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (朝日放送株式会社, Asahi-hōsō kabushiki Gaisha) is a Japanese broadcasting station in Osaka. ... Headquarters of Manichi Broadcasting System Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. ... Kansai Telecasting Corporation (KTV, 関西テレビ放送株式会社, Kansai Terebi Hōsō Kabushiki Gaisha) is a TV station of Fuji News Network (FNN) and Fuji Network System (FNS) in Osaka, Japan. ... Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (YTV, 讀賣テレビ放送株式会社, Yomiuri Terebi Hōsō Kabushiki Gaisha, Nickname: Yomiuri TV (よみうりテレビ)) is a network TV station of Nippon News Network (NNN) and Nippon TV Network System (NNS) in Osaka Business Park, Osaka, Japan founded as New Osaka TV Co. ... Television Osaka, Inc. ...

See also

See also: Central League (football) The Central League (セントラル・リーグ Sentoraru Riigu) is one of Japans two major professional baseball leagues (the other is the Pacific League). ... Hankyu Hanshin Toho Group ) is a Japanese keiretsu (association of businesses) centered around Hankyu Corporation, Hanshin Electric Railway, Hankyu Department Store and Toho. ... Hanshin Umeda Station Hanshin Electric Railway Co. ...

External links

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