Newsweek Magazine (Japan edition) from July 12, 1995 featuring Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Complete issue in great condition!
Hideo Nomo Japan Newsweek Magazine – July 12, 1995
Before even joining the professional ranks, Nomo was a sensation in Japan. He was a key member of “Samurai Japan” (the national team) in various international events, including the 1988 Seoul Olympics when he was only 19 years old. He joined the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1990 and pitched at a level never before seen in NPB. He won the Pitching Triple Crown, earning him not just Rookie of the Year, but also the Sawamura Award for best pitcher and MVP of the Pacific League. He proceeded to lead the league in wins and strikeouts of his first four seasons. His NPB achievements were immortalized with his induction in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.
He famously left NPB for the Dodgers in 1995, trailblazing the way for many after him. Nomo spent 12 productive years in MLB, including two no-hitters, one All-Star appearance, the 1995 National League Rookie of the Year award, and two seasons that we consider to be in the top 10 of seasons by Japanese pitchers in MLB; in fact, he pitched well enough for us to consider him the second-best Japanese import player in MLB history!