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The Yakult Swallows (ヤクルトスワローズ Yakuruto Suwarōzu) are a professional baseball team in Japan's Central League. Yakult Swallows Logo This work is copyrighted. ... Picture of Fenway Park. ... 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). ...

Founded: 1950
Formerly known as: Kokutetsu Swallows (1950-1965), Sankei Swallows (1965), Sankei Atoms (1966-1968), Atoms (1969), Yakult Atoms (1970-1973), Yakult Swallows (1974-)
Home ballpark: Meiji-Jingu Stadium
Uniform colors: White, Red and Navy
Logo design: "Yakult Swallows" written in red and navy
League championships won (6): 1978, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001
Japan Series championships won (5): 1978, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001

The Swallows are named after their corporate owners, the Yakult Corporation. From 1950 to 1965, the company was owned by Japan National Railways and called the Kokutetsu Swallows; the team was then owned by the Sankei Shimbun from 1965 to 1968 and called the Sankei Atoms. Yakult purchased the team in 1970 and restored its original Swallows name in 1974. Jump to: navigation, search 1950 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1950 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1999-The Bomb 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1999-The Bomb 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... Meiji-Jingu Stadium is a stadium in Tokyo, Japan. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1992 was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1993 (MCMXCIII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Japan Series (日本選手権シリーズ試合 Nihon Senshuken Shiriizu Shiai, usually shortened to Nihon Shiriizu) is a seven-game championship played by the winners of Japans two professional baseball leagues (the Central League and Pacific League). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1993 (MCMXCIII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Yakult (ヤクルト Yakuruto) is a yogurt-like beverage made by fermenting a mixture of skim milk and sugar with a special strain of the bacteria Lactobacillus casei. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1950 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1999-The Bomb 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1999-The Bomb 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ...


Famous players of Yakult Swallows past and present are Masaichi Kaneda, Kazushige Nagashima, Dave Roberts, Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Hiromi Matsuoka, Charlie Manuel, Bob Horner, Tom O'Malley, Terry Bross, Masato Yoshii, Kazuhisa Ishii, Shingo Takatsu, Atsuya Furuta and Takehiro Ikeyama. Masaichi Kaneda (金田正一; Kaneda Masaichi, August 1, 1933-) is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher from Nagoya. ... Kazushige Nagashima was a Japanese baseball player at the Yakult Swallows. ... Dave Roberts, born David Ray Roberts (May 31, 1972 in Okinawa, Japan), is a Major League Baseball center fielder who plays for the San Diego Padres. ... Charlie Manuel (born January 4, 1944 in Northfork, WV) is the current, first-year manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and the former manager of the Cleveland Indians, from 1999 - 2002. ... James Robert Bob Horner (born August 6, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman/first baseman and right-handed batter who played for the Atlanta Braves (1978-1986) and St. ... Kazuhisa Ishii is a Major League Baseball pitcher who was born on September 9, 1973 in Tokyo, Japan. ... Shingo Takatsu (高津臣吾, Takatsu Shingo) (born November 25, 1968 in Hiroshima, Japan) is a pitcher in the National League of Major League Baseball. ...


Current roster

Pitchers

  • 11 Japan Yataro Sakamoto
  • 12 Japan Koichi Misawa
  • 13 Japan Masaru Satoh
  • 14 Japan kojiro Uehara
  • 15 Japan Manabu Hiramoto
  • 16 Japan Yuhei Takai
  • 17 Japan Ryo Kawashima
  • 18 Japan Shugo Fujii
  • 19 Japan Masanori Ishikawa
  • 20 Japan Yuuya Kamada
  • 21 Japan Kenichi Matsuoka
  • 24 Japan Masato Hanada
  • 25 Japan Shohei Tateyama
  • 26 Japan Ryu Kawabata
  • 30 Japan Hutoshi Yamabe
  • 34 United States Rick Guttormson
  • 42 Puerto Rico Dicky Gonzalez
  • 47 Japan Takashi Tanaka
  • 49 United States Alex Ramirez Jr.
  • 53 Japan Ryota Igarashi
  • 54 Japan Masami Uno
  • 56 Japan Yuji Yamada
  • 57 Japan Takashi Maruyama
  • 60 Japan Katsutoshi Ishidoh
  • 61 Japan Hirotoshi Ishii
  • 62 Japan Masahiro Yoshikawa
  • 66 Japan Tadashi Honma
  • 68 Japan Hideyuki Matsutani

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  • 27 Japan Atsuya Furuta
  • 28 Japan Ryohei Kawamoto
  • 32 Japan Kosei Ono
  • 37 Japan Masakazu Fukukawa
  • 48 Japan Toshiro Takahashi
  • 51 Japan Tomohito Yoneno
  • 52 Japan Naoki Hosomi

Infielders Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ...

  •  1 Japan Akinori Iwamura
  •  2 United States Adam Riggs
  •  4 Japan Hirobumi Watarai
  •  5 Japan katsuyuki Dobashi
  •  6 Japan Shinya Miyamoto
  •  7 Japan Hiroyasu Tanaka
  •  9 Japan Ken Suzuki
  • 10 Japan Noriyuki Shiroishi
  • 33 Japan Kazuhiro Hatakeyma
  • 35 Japan Hajime Miki
  • 36 Japan Shingo Kawabata
  • 39 Japan Yusuke Kajimoto
  • 40 Japan Heishu Ohara
  • 55 Japan Yoshiyuki Noguchi
  • 58 Japan Taiji Maruyama
  • 67 Japan Jun Otsuka

Outfielders Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ...

  • 00 Japan Satoshi Kubota
  •  0 Japan Munehiro Shida
  •  3 Venezuela Alex Ramirez
  • 23 Japan Norichika Aoki
  • 31 Japan Mitsuru Manaka
  • 43 Japan Ryuji Miyade
  • 50 Japan Kazuya Uchida
  • 64 Japan Usami Makitani
  • 65 Japan Yuichi Matsumoto

Manager Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Large flag of Venezuela Image originally derived from the public domain flags of the CIA World Factbook. ... Alex Ram rez (born October 3, 1974 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a former Major League Baseball right fielder and right-handed batter who played for the Cleveland Indians (1998-2000) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2000). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ...

  • 27 Japan Atsuya Furuta

Coaches Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ...

External links

  • Yakult Swallows official web site
Japanese Professional Baseball
Central League
Yomiuri Giants | Chunichi Dragons | Yakult Swallows | Hiroshima Carp | Hanshin Tigers | Yokohama BayStars
Pacific League
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters| Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles | Chiba Lotte Marines | Seibu Lions | Orix Buffaloes | Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Japan Series | Japanese Baseball League (former)

  Results from FactBites:
 
JapanBall.com - Yakult Swallows Team Information (275 words)
Founded in 1950, the Swallows have remained the Central League's most overlooked team for nearly five decades.
Since Yakult games are seldom televised, the only way to see the team is to wait until they play against the Giants (all Yomiuri games are broadcast) or visit their home ballpark, Meiji-Jingu Stadium.
When that happens, a sea of green and blue umbrellas blossom across the right field bleachers as Yakult fans discreetly tell the opposing pitcher it's time he head for the showers.
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