High honor for Nagashima, Matsui

Apr 7, 2013

High honor for Nagashima, Matsui

Shigeo Nagashima and Hideki Matsui both had legendary careers with the Yomiuri Giants, the latter also excelling in the major leagues after leaving the Giants. Now their accomplishments are being officially recognized with the People's Honor Award.

Irabu spent final days lost, without purpose

Oct 30, 2011

Irabu spent final days lost, without purpose

For the late pitcher Hideki Irabu, the surname Irabu had come from Hideki’s mother. It was her surname, and Hideki’s stepfather, Ichiro Irabu, had been a common-law husband. Still, he treated Hideki as his own, raised him and encouraged his love for baseball. He ...

Irabu's impact on MLB-NPB relations profound

Oct 16, 2011

Irabu's impact on MLB-NPB relations profound

Hideki Irabu, once considered to be one of the best pitchers in the world, is dead, in what has been adjudged to be a suicide in late July. He led a troubled life, struggling with a mixed-race heritage, growing up not knowing his father, ...

Nomo's legacy should land him in Hall of Fame

Oct 24, 2010

Nomo's legacy should land him in Hall of Fame

Fourth in a four-part series It is doubtful that Hideo Nomo and Don Nomura realized the full significance of what they were doing back in 1995 when they defied Nippon Professional Baseball and migrated to the United States. But many of the changes that ...

Tireless work ethic earned Nomo respect in majors

Oct 17, 2010

Tireless work ethic earned Nomo respect in majors

Third in a four-part series Hideo Nomo’s most significant accomplishment may have been making the Japanese game respectable in the eyes of the rest of the world. Few Major League Baseball executives were interested when agent Don Nomura began to shop him to teams ...

Contract loophole opened door for Nomo's jump

Oct 10, 2010

Contract loophole opened door for Nomo's jump

Second in a four-part series Hideo Nomo was born to a working-class family in Osaka in 1969 — his father, Shizuo, was a big, broad-shouldered fisherman turned postal worker and his mother, Kayoko, a part-time supermarket employee. He was a naturally shy, taciturn youth ...

Nomo blazed trail, helped mend fences with move

Oct 3, 2010

Nomo blazed trail, helped mend fences with move

First in a four-part series The history of the Japan-America baseball relationship can be divided into two eras: Pre-Nomo and Post-Nomo. Younger readers may find it difficult to believe but before Hideo Nomo went to the United States to become a star for the ...