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Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
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Team logo Cap insignia
Information
League
BallparkFukuoka Yahuoku! Dome (1993-present)
Year established1938; 81 years ago (1938)
Nickname(s)Taka (?, hawk)
Japanese Baseball League titles2 (1946, 1948)
Pacific League pennants18 (1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1973, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)
Japan Series championships10 (1959, 1964, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Former name(s)
  • Nankai (1938-1944)
  • Kinki Nippon (1944-1945)
  • Great Ring (1946-1947)
  • Nankai Hawks (1947-1988)
  • Fukuoka Daiei Hawks (1989-2004)
  • Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (2005-present)
Former league(s)Japanese Baseball League (1938-1949)
Former ballparks
ColorsYellow, Black
         
OwnershipSoftBank
ManagerKimiyasu Kudoh
Uniforms
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The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (, Fukuoka Sofutobanku H?kusu) are a Japanese baseball team based in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture. The team was bought on January 28, 2005 by the SoftBank Corporation.

The team was formerly known as the Nankai Hawks and was based in Osaka. In 1988, Daiei bought the team from Osaka's Nankai Electric Railway Co., and its headquarters were moved to Fukuoka (which had been without NPB baseball since the Lions departed in 1979). The Fukuoka Daiei Hawks won the Pacific League championship in 1999, 2000 and 2003 and won the Japan Series in 1999 and 2003, and as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks won the Japan Series in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

History

Nankai Electric Railway Company ownership (1938-1988)

The franchise's original name was Nankai when it joined the Japanese Baseball League (JBL) in 1938, with the name originating with the Nankai Electric Railway Co., which owned the team at the time. The team's name was changed to Kinki Nippon[1] in mid-1944 as it received partial sponsorship from Kinki Nippon Railway. After the 1945 hiatus in the JBL due to the Greater East Asia War, in 1946 the team's name was changed to Kinki Great Ring[2] and the team won the JBL championship. Throughout the name changes the club underwent between 1938 and 1946, Nankai Electric Railway Co. (in one form or another) maintained ownership of the franchise.

In mid-1947, Nankai settled upon its current moniker. The Nankai Hawks (). Under player-manager Kazuto Tsuruoka (known as Kazuto Yamamoto from 1946-1958)[3] they became one of the most successful franchises through the first two decades of the Pacific League's existence, taking two Japan Series championships and 10 Pacific League pennants. (Kazuto managed the team from 1946-1968, becoming the full-time manager after his retirement as a player in 1952.)[3][4]

In 1964, the Hawks team sent pitching prospect Masanori Murakami and two other young players to the San Francisco Giants single-A team Fresno as a baseball "exchange student". On September 1 of that year Murakami became the first Japanese player to play in Major League Baseball[5] when he appeared on the mound for the San Francisco Giants. Disputes over the rights to his contract eventually led to the 1967 United States - Japanese Player Contract Agreement. Murakami returned to the Hawks in 1966, playing for them through 1974. He contributed to the team's Pacific League championship in 1973, their last under Nankai's ownership.

The team fell on hard times between 1978 and 1988, finishing no better than 4th place out of the 6 teams in the Pacific League in any year in the period. The team witnessed its fan base diminish as a result of the prolonged period of poor play, with attendance dropping and the club dealing with reduced profits.

The change in the club's financial performance led Nankai Electric Railway to question the value of maintaining ownership, even after considering the value the team represented as an advertising tool. The company's board of directors and union leadership put pressure on Den Kawakatsu, then-president of Nankai Railway and primary owner of the team, to sell the team, which he refused to do. However, Mr. Kawakatsu, who represented the most ardent supporter of Nankai's ownership of the Hawks, died early in the 1988 season, and the team was sold to the Daiei Corporation to become the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks after the 1988 season.

Katsuya Nomura, Mutsuo Minagawa, Hiromitsu Kadota, and Chusuke Kizuka are among the more notable franchise players that were active during the Nankai era.

Fukuoka Daiei Hawks (1988-2004)

After the franchise was acquired by department store chain Daiei, Inc., the Hawks were flush with new funds and a new home city in Fukuoka, the capital of the eponymous prefecture on Kyushu Island, and were no longer competing with the Hanshin Tigers, Kintetsu Buffaloes or even the by-then rechristened Orix Braves (later the Orix Blue Wave, now the Orix Buffaloes) for attention in the Osaka area. The city had been without professional baseball since the departure of the Crown Lighter Lions (today's Saitama Seibu Lions) in 1978. However, in spite of those efforts of the new ownership, the Hawks still were usually in the cellar of the Pacific League, and continued to be at the bottom half of the league until 1997.

The Hawks front office adopted a strategy of drafting and developing younger players, supplemented by free agent signings, a policy overseen by team president Ryuzo Setoyama and his aides. Setoyama's most brilliant moves were the hiring of home run king Sadaharu Oh in 1995 to take the reins of manager, a title he would hold until 2008 before he moved into the general manager's position. Oh replaced then-manager Rikuo Nemoto, who was named team president and held that position until his death in 1999. Also tapped was Akira Ishikawa, a little-known former player, who was tasked with bringing in talented amateurs. He brought in the likes of current Hanshin Tigers catcher Kenji Johjima, Kazumi Saitoh, Nobuhiko Matsunaka, future Chicago White Sox and current Chiba Lotte Marines infielder Tadahito Iguchi, shortstop Munenori Kawasaki, and future team captain Hiroki Kokubo.

Supplementing the amateur signings were some free-agent acquisitions, most of them former Seibu stars from their 1980s championship teams. Among them were infielder Hiromichi Ishige, immensely popular outfielder (and Hawks manager from 2008-2014, replacing Oh in that capacity) Koji Akiyama, and ace left-handed pitcher and current manager Kimiyasu Kudoh.

These moves (and a few unpopular cost-cutting measures) helped to make the Hawks gradually more competitive with each passing year, and in 1999, the team finally broke through. That season, Daiei made their first Japan Series appearance since 1973 (and first as a Fukuoka team), and defeated the Chunichi Dragons in five games, giving them their first championship since 1964. Kudoh was dominant in his Game 1 start (complete game, 13 strikeouts), and Akiyama was named Series MVP.

The following year, the Hawks again made the Japan Series, but this time lost to the powerful Yomiuri Giants in six games. Despite the shaky financial ground that Daiei was on thanks to their rampant expansion in bubble-era Japan, the team continued to be competitive. The team won their second Japan Series in five years, defeating the popular Hanshin Tigers in seven games in the 2003 Japan Series, an exciting series in which the home team won every game.

Home run record controversy

In 2001, American Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes, playing for the Kintetsu Buffaloes, hit 55 home runs with several games left, equaling Hawks' manager Sadaharu Oh's single-season home run record. The Buffaloes played a weekend series against the Oh-managed Hawks late in the season, and Rhodes was intentionally walked during each at-bat of the series. Video footage showed Hawks' catcher Kenji Johjima grinning as he caught the intentional balls. Oh denied any involvement and Hawks battery coach Yoshiharu Wakana stated that the pitchers acted on his orders, saying, "It would be distasteful to see a foreign player break Oh's record." Rhodes completed the season with 55 home runs. League commissioner Hiromori Kawashima denounced the Hawks' behavior as "unsportsmanlike". Hawks pitcher Keisaburo Tanoue went on record saying that he wanted to throw strikes to Rhodes and felt bad about the situation.[6][7]

In 2002, Venezuelan Alex Cabrera hit 55 home runs with five games left in the season, with several of those to be played against Oh's Hawks. Oh told his pitchers to throw strikes to Cabrera, but most of them ignored his order and threw balls well away from the plate. After the game, Oh stated, "If you're going to break the record, you should do it by more than one. Do it by a lot."[7] In the wake of the most recent incident involving Cabrera, ESPN listed Oh's single-season home run record as #2 on its list of "The Phoniest Records in Sports".[8]

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (2005-present)

Daiei Inc had been under financial pressure to sell its 60% stake in the team over the previous few years, with reports in 2003 suggesting the company would sell the team and the Fukuoka Dome. Daiei attempted to hold on to the team and held discussions with its primary lenders, including UFJ Bank, to see if it could find a way to retain the team, but ultimately the sale went through to SoftBank in January 2005.

The Hawks continued their winning ways after the sale of the team to SoftBank. Following the sale, the Hawks represented one of the richest teams in Japan, with a player core still intact from the last years of the Daiei era. Particularly strong was the team's starting pitching behind Saitoh, Tsuyoshi Wada, Nagisa Arakaki, and Toshiya Sugiuchi. In 2005, the Hawks finished in first place during the regular season, but fell to the eventual Japan Series champions, the Chiba Lotte Marines in the second stage of the Climax Series. In 2006, a dramatic pennant race led to an even more exciting playoff run that ended in the Sapporo Dome at the hands of the eventual Japan Series Champions, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. Team manager Sadaharu Oh missed most of the 2006 season due to stomach cancer.

The Hawks' 2007 season was plagued by injuries and general ineffectiveness and inconsistency, leading to another 3rd-place finish and first-stage exit in the playoffs at the hands of the Marines. In 2008, though various injuries still affected the Hawks' bench (especially the bullpen), the club claimed its first Interleague title in June, winning a tiebreaker against the Hanshin Tigers. However, injuries caught up with them in the final month of the season, and the Hawks finished in last place with a 54-74-2 record. The finish represented their worst since 1996. Oh announced his retirement at the end of the season, and former Hawk and fan favorite Koji Akiyama was named as his successor.

In 2009, the team cracked the playoffs once again on the backs of breakout seasons from surging starting pitcher D. J. Houlton, outfielder Yuya Hasegawa, Rookie of the Year Tadashi Settsu and another stellar season from ace Sugiuchi. However, the team still was unable to get out of the first stage, as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles ousted the Hawks in a 2-game sweep.

Team of the 2010's

The Hawks finally reclaimed the Pacific League regular season title in 2010 after a seven-year wait. The title came after a see-saw season in which the team recovered several times after extended losing streaks. Starting pitcher Wada, back from injury through much of the previous two seasons, was, along with fellow ace Sugiuchi, at his best. Wada set career highs in wins and games started. The reliable "SBM" relieving trio of Settsu, Brian Falkenborg, and Mahara limited opponent offenses late in games. The bullpen also benefited from the emergence of Keisuke Kattoh and Masahiko Morifuku, with the latter blossoming in the second half of the season.

The Hawks offense was largely composed of role players who seemed to take turns having big games and off days, and it was the team's speed that drove the team as the Hawks led the league in stolen bases in the regular season with 148, well ahead of their nearest challenger, who had 116. Yuichi Honda and Kawasaki combined to steal 89 bases. However, despite putting forward a strong group, the Hawks failed to make it to the Japan Series, losing to the Lotte Marines in six games in the Climax Series despite having a 3-1 series lead.

SoftBank won the Pacific League again in 2011, with a dominating season on all fronts. The offense was bolstered further by the acquisition of former Yokohama BayStars outfielder Seiichi Uchikawa, who led the league in batting in 2011. Pitching from Sugiuchi, Wada and an excellent bounce-back season from Houlton also helped propel the team to the best record in NPB. After sweeping the Saitama Seibu Lions in the Pacific League Climax Series, the Hawks took on the Chunichi Dragons to win the Japan Series, a rematch of the 1999 Japan Series. The Dragons pushed SoftBank to the full seven games, but the Hawks shut out the Dragons 3-0 in the seventh game to win their first Japan Series since 2003.

The 2012 season started with losses for the Hawks. During the off season, they lost their star starters Tsuyoshi Wada (to the Baltimore Orioles), Toshiya Sugiuchi and D.J. Houlton (to Yomiuri Giants) through free agency. All star shortstop Munenori Kawasaki also left the team for the Seattle Mariners. Closer Takahiro Mahara would sit out the season through injury. To compensate for these losses, the team acquired outfielder Wily Mo Peña and starter Brad Penny from MLB, in addition to starter Kazuyuki Hoashi from Seibu Lions. However, of the 3 major signings, only Peña made regular contributions. Hoashi and Penny made two starts combined in 2012, as Hoashi missed almost the entire season with an injury and Penny was released.

The team had to deal with their off season losses to their pitching staff from within the organization. Settsu was elevated to the team's ace, while young pitchers such as Kenji Otonari and Hiroki Yamada were given bigger roles. Nagisa Arakaki returned from long term injury to join the rotation. However, new closer Falkenborg had to sit out most of the season through injury, eventually handing over the role to Morifuku. Arakaki could not regain his former numbers. In the end, the losses could not be mitigated. The team could only finish third in the Pacific League regular season and eventually lost out to the Nippon Ham Fighters in the P.L. Climax Series Final Stage. The bright spark of the season came from rookie starter Shota Takeda, who went 8-1 with an ERA of 1.07.

In 2014 the Hawks won the Japan Series in five games over the Hanshin Tigers. Manager Koji Akiyama retired after the season, and the team named his former teammate Kimiyasu Kudoh to succeed him. Under Kudoh's stewardship, SoftBank won for a second consecutive season in 2015 again in five games, this time over the Yakult Swallows. Outfielder Yuki Yanagita won the Pacific League MVP and the batting title.[] It marked the first time since the Seibu Lions won three in a row from 1990 to 1992 that a team had won consecutive Japan Series championships.

After falling to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in 2016, the Hawks won the 2017 Japan Series in six games over the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, in a series where the Hawks led 3-0, but were almost pushed to a 7th game.[9] The following year the Hawks also won the 2018 Japan Series against the Hiroshima Carp in six games, making it back to back titles for a 2nd time, and four out of the last five; the next year, they became the first team to win three straight Japan Series titles since the Seibu Lions did it from 1990 to 1992 by sweeping the Yomiuri Giants.

Players of note

Current coaching staff

First squad coaching staff
Position No. Name Japanese notation Bats Throws Career
Manager 81 JapanKimiyasu Kudoh Left Left 2015 -
Bench coach 86 JapanHiroyuki Mori ? Right Right 2017 -
Pitching coach 94 JapanShinji Kurano Right Right 2009 -
98 JapanHiroshi Takamura ? Right Right 2016 -
Hitting coach 94 JapanYoshiie Tachibana Left Left 1998-2001,2009-2012,2017 -
88 JapanKoichi Sekikawa Left Right 2016,2018 -
Infield and base
running coach
80 JapanYuichi Honda Left Right 2019 -
Outfield and base
running coach
93 JapanArihito Muramatsu Left Left 2014 -
Battery coach 95 JapanKenj Yoshitsuru Right Right 2017 -
Second squad coaching staff
Manager 71 JapanKazuo Ogawa Right Right 2011-2013,2018 -
Pitching coaches 84 JapanYasuo Kubo Right Right 2018 -
72 JapanKenichi Wakatabe Right Right 2017 -
91 JapanMasahiro Sakumoto Left Left 2015 -
Hitting coach 75 JapanNoriyoshi Omichi Right Right 2013 -
77 JapanHiromasa Arai Left Right 2003-2004,2007-2008,2019 -
Infield and base
running coach
74 JapanHideaki Matsuyama Right Right 2018 -
Outfield and base
running coach
87 JapanTatsuya Ide Right Right 2007 -
Battery coach 85 JapanTetsuya Matoyama Right Right 2009 -
Third squad coaching staff
Manager 76 JapanHiroshi Fujimoto Right Right 2011 -
Pitching coaches 82 JapanKeisaburo Tanoue Right Right 2008-2012,2015 -
99 JapanYusaku Iriki Right Right 2015 -
Hitting coach 70 JapanRyo Yoshimoto Right Right 2018 -
Infield and base
running coach
97 JapanTakashi Sasagawa ? Right Right 2011-2013,2017 -
Outfield and base
running coach
78 JapanTetsuya Iida Right Right 2015 -
Battery coach 96 JapanRyota Kato Right Right 2018 -
Rehabilitation coach 73 JapanManabu Saitoh ? Right Right 2001 -

Current roster players

Roster players
No. Country Name Japanese notation Bats Throws Draft year
/Debut year
No. Country Name Japanese notation Bats Throws Draft year
/Debut year
Pitchers Catchers
2 United States Carter Stewart ? Left Left 2019 12 Japan Hiroaki Takaya Left Right 2006
10 Japan Kotaro Otake Left Left 2017 30 Japan Tomoya Ichikawa Right Right 2009
11 Japan Kenichi Nakata Right Right 2004 31 Japan Ryoya Kurihara Left Right 2014
13 Japan Akira Niho ? Right Right 2008 39 Japan Tamon Horiuchi Right Right 2014
14 Japan Ren Kajiya ? Right Right 2013 45 Japan Kenta Tanigawara Left Right 2015
16 Japan Nao Higashihama ? Right Right 2012 62 Japan Takuya Kai Right Right 2010
17 Japan Sho Iwasaki ? Right Right 2007 65 Japan Ryuhei Kuki Right Right 2016
18 Japan Shota Takeda Right Right 2011 Infielders
19 United States Ariel Miranda Left Left 2017 0 Japan Tomoki Takata Left Right 2012
20 Japan Hiroshi Kaino ? Left Right 2018 00 Japan Hikaru Kawase ? Left Right 2015
21 Japan Tsuyoshi Wada ? Left Left 2002 1 Japan Seiichi Uchikawa Right Right 2000
25 Japan Seigi Tanaka Right Right 2016 4 Japan Keizo Kawashima Right Right 2005
26 Japan Haruto Yoshizumi Right Right 2017 5 Japan Nobuhiro Matsuda Right Right 2005
28 Japan Rei Takahashi ? Right Right 2017 6 Japan Kenta Imamiya Right Right 2009
29 Japan Shuta Ishikawa Right Right 2013 8 Japan Kenji Akashi Left Right 2003
34 Japan Arata Shiino ? Right Right 2017 22 Japan Tetsuro Nishida Right Right 2009
35 Cuba Liván Moinelo Left Left 2017 23 Japan Ukyo Shuto Left Right 2017
38 Japan Yuito Mori ? Right Right 2013 27 Cuba Yurisbel Gracial Right Right 2017
40 Japan Kazuki Sugiyama Right Right 2018 33 Japan Shu Masuda ? Right Right 2017
41 Japan Kodai Senga Left Right 2010 36 Japan Taisei Makihara Left Right 2010
42 Japan Ryoma Matsuda Right Right 2011 55 Japan Daiju Nomura Right Right 2018
44 Netherlands Rick van den Hurk Right Right 2015 68 Japan Masaki Mimori Right Right 2016
47 Japan Jumpei Takahashi Right Right 2015 69 Japan Yuki Mima Right Right 2012
48 Japan Ken Okamoto ? Right Right 2013 Outfielders
49 Japan Yuto Furuya Left Left 2016 7 Japan Akira Nakamura ? Left Left 2007
50 Japan Yugo Bandoh Right Right 2018 9 Japan Yuki Yanagita Left Right 2010
53 Japan Keisuke Izumi ? Right Right 2018 24 Japan Yuya Hasegawa Left Right 2006
56 Japan Fumimaru Taura Left Left 2017 32 Japan Masayoshi Tsukada Right Right 2011
57 Japan Shinya Kayama Left Left 2011 37 Japan Shuhei Fukuda Left Right 2006
58 United States Dennis Sarfate Right Right 2011 43 Japan Tomoaki Egawa Right Right 2004
61 Japan Masato Okumura Right Right 2018 46 Cuba Oscar Colas Left Left 2017
63 Japan Hiroyuki Kawahara Left Left 2009 51 Japan Seiji Uebayashi Left Right 2013
66 Japan Yuki Matsumoto Left Right 2014 54 Cuba Alfredo Despaigne Right Right 2014
67 Japan Shunsuke Kasaya Left Left 2014 59 Japan Shun Mizutani ? Right Right 2018
90 Venezuela Robert Suárez Right Right 2016 60 Japan Go Kamamoto ? Left Right 2011
64 Japan Yusuke Masago Right Right 2012

Current developmental squad players

Developmental squad players
No. Country Name Japanese notation Bats Throws Draft year
/Debut year
No. Country Name Japanese notation Bats Throws Draft year
/Debut year
Pitchers Catchers
120 Japan Shuto Ogata Left Right 2017 131 Japan Masahiro Harimoto Right Right 2013
123 Japan Reiji Kozawa Left Right 2015 132 Japan Riku Watanabe ? Left Right 2018
129 Japan Yuto Nozawa Left Right 2015 Infielders
130 Japan Taiga Kasahara Righ Left 2012 124 Japan Shogo Furusawa Right Right 2014
133 Japan Naoya Okamoto Left Left 2018 126 Japan Kenta Kurose Right Right 2015
134 Japan Hiroki Hasegawa Left Left 2016 127 Japan Richard Sunagawa Right Right 2017
136 Japan Shin Nakamura ? Right Right 2015 Outfielders
137 Japan Takeshi Watanabe Left Left 2015 125 Japan Shogo Ohmoto Left Right 2016
138 Japan Tomoaki Shigeta Right Right 2018 135 Japan Tsubasa Tashiro Left Right 2016
140 Japan Yuta Watanabe Left Left 2017 139 Japan Yamato Higurashi Left Left 2017
143 Japan Yosuke Shimabukuro Left Left 2014 141 Japan Rikuya Shimizu Right Right 2016
142 Japan Takamasa Nakamura Right Right 2018

Former players

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks era

Fukuoka Daiei Hawks era

Nankai Hawks era

Retired numbers

  • none

Honored numbers

Sadaharu Oh's 89 was originally planned to be retired or honored after his retirement, but Oh made clear his preference to give the number to his successor. Ultimately, however, the man who replaced him as manager of the Hawks, Akiyama, declined to wear the number on the grounds that the honor of bearing it would be too great so shortly after Oh's departure. Instead, Akiyama wore the number 81.

Mascot

Hawks has the largest number of mascots in NPB, the Hawk family. The current family members since 1992 are as follows:

  • Harry Hawk-a yellow colored hawk with Number 100, Harry supports the team as the main mascot. He is the youngest brother of Homer Hawk, the former main mascot.
  • Honey Hawk- a pink colored female hawk, Honey is a girlfriend of Harry, and the cheer leader of Hawks' dancing team, Honeys.
  • Herculy Hawk-an orange based hawk with Number 200, Harcury is Harry's teammate as well as his longstanding rival since Hawk University days.
  • Honky Hawk- a middle aged hawk, Honky is Harry's uncle, and the mayor of Hawks Town. He loves baseball.
  • Helen Hawk- a middle aged female hawk, Helen is Honky's wife. They have eloped during their high school days.
  • Hack Hawk-Harry's nephew. He wears red-lined T-shirts and the same color cap.
  • Rick Hawk- Harry's nephew and middle of Hawk brothers. Rick wears glasses and blue-lined T-shirts and the same color cap.
  • Hock Hawk-Harry's nephew and youngest brother of Huck and Rick. He wears a green-lined T-shirts and the same color cap.
  • Homer Hawk- The original mascot of the Hawks from 1989 to 2004 and the older brother of the teams current mascot Harry,

MLB players

Retired:

Notes

  1. ^ "Kinki Nihon," Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed March 11, 2015.
  2. ^ "Kinki Great Ring," Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed March 11, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Kazuto Tsuruoka," Baseball-Reference.com "Bullpen." Accessed March 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "Kazuto Tsuruoka," Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed March 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Kleinberg, Alexander (December 24, 2001). "Where have you gone, Masanori Murakami?". Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on August 18, 2002. Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ Roah, Jeff, "tokyo under the tracks: It's Never Too Late to Insert an Asterisk" Archived 2009-01-13 at the Wayback Machine, Tokyo Q, October 12, 2001.
  7. ^ a b Whiting, Robert, "Equaling Oh's HR record proved difficult", Japan Times, October 31, 2008, p. 12.
  8. ^ Merron, Jeff, "The Phoniest Records in Sports" Archived June 21, 2004, at the Wayback Machine, ESPN.com, February 28, 2003.
  9. ^ "Hawks earn spot in Japan Series". The Japan Times. October 22, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ Though not fully official, the Hawks do honor the number 90, which belonged to Yasutake Kageura, a fictional character from the Japanese baseball manga Abu-san, in which he was depicted with the franchise during the Nankai Hawks era. This is the only squad number honored to a fictional manga character in the NPB.

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