Yoshinobu Takahashi knocked out his 300th career home run off Bryan Bullington in the 5th inning of tonight's game against the Hiroshima Carp. He is the thirty-seventh player in NPB history to reach the milestone. He also joined Sadaharu Oh (868), Shigeo Nagashim (444), Tatsunori Hara (382), and Hideki Matsui (332) as the only players in franchise history to hit 300 or more home runs over their careers.
Takahashi recorded his first home run off Yasuyuki Yamauchi on April 7, 1998.
Source: Daily Sports 8/17/2012
UPDATE 8/18 @ 12:03am - Takahashi gave the female fan that caught the ball an autographed baseball and leather gloves. Source: Sanspo 8/18/2012
The Giants will also be giving away special items -- including one autographed bat, five autographed baseballs -- to lucky fans that shop at the official team store at Tokyo Soramachi. For more information, check the official team site.
UPDATE 8/18 @ 4:11pm - At thirty-seven years and four months, Takahashi is the third oldest player to reach the 300-home run milestone. The other two: Katsumi Hirosawa (thirty-nine years and five months) and Takeshi Yamasaki (thirty-nine years and four months). Takashashi is the oldest in franchise history -- the previous record of thirty-three years and three months was held by Nagashima. Source: Sponichi 8/18/2012