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When bespectacled catcher Atsuya Furuta was ready to set out on a professional baseball career, he was told by many that pro ballplayers don’t wear glasses.

Those glasses ended up becoming Furuta’s trademark throughout an 18-year career with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. Pretty soon, Furuta and his specs will be immortalized on a plaque in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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