I picked up another pile of late 50s menko the other day. I got a little over 50 cards including the five above, which each feature one of Japan's greatest all time pitchers. It got me thinking that Japan's amazing pitchers from that era tend to get a bit overlooked relative to the dominant hitters like Sadaharu Oh who are more well known.
In the same way that guys in MLB in the 19th or early 20th century put up insane stats (511 career wins, 40 plus wins per season, etc), NPB had some insanely dominant pitchers back in the 50s and 60s. Back then the best pitchers basically threw until their arms fell off (as they sort of still do, though to a much lesser extent). This meant that a lot of them suffered career ending injuries early on, but also that for the few who survived they amassed some incredible career and single season records.
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