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The atmosphere was electric when Shigeo Nagashima waved to the crowd at Tokyo Dome on July 3 before and during that evening’s Yomiuri Giants-Hiroshima Carp game.

“Mr. Giants” or “Mr. Japanese Baseball” or just “Mister,” the most popular figure in the history of the game in this country, was making his first public appearance since suffering a stroke a year and a half ago.

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