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Nippon Ham Fighters to leave uniform #1 open

by on Dec.15, 2010 @ 7:25 pm, under NPB

Nikkan Sports reports that the Nippon Ham Fighters may have a chance to re-assign Hichori Morimoto's old uniform number (the number 1) to a new player before the start of the year (so it isn't as if they don't have a player that deserves it).  That would be a first for the Nippon Ham Fighters; and if you include club's Toei years, you'd have to go back to 1958.  And outside of the Yomiuri Giants (it was Sadaharu Oh's number and they retired it on 3/16/1989), the Fighters will probably be the only team without a player wearing the number.