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Victor Starffin

Victor celebrating his 300th win in 1955

 

 

This page is a memorial to one of the greatest pitchers never to play Major League Baseball

A sample of some of Victor's Japanese baseball cards

Page from the 1953 Japan baseball yearbook. Victor is top row center.

2006 BBM Nostalgic Baseball

 

Victor Starffin (also spelled Starfin) b. 1916 d. 1957 spent his entire career in Japan. He is Japan's first 300 game winner and the first foreign born player to be inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. He was inducted posthumously in 1960. His professional career spanned from 1936 to 1955.

Victor played in the U.S. during one barnstorming trip that took him through California and Western Canada. He faced the mighty Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in Japan during U.S. tours.

Victor's life is a study in 20th century world politics. His triumphs and defeats sometimes had more to do with global unrest then it did a ball and a bat.

 

Film of Victor Starffin pitching from 1949

 

 

 

 

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