Osaka Tigers 1959 Road Jersey
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History: Japan's second-largest city is home to one of its oldest professional baseball franchises. The Osaka Tigers first took the field in 1936. Their park - Koshien Field is the oldest in Japan, and is considered sacred ground by players and fans. There is also a statue of Babe Ruth outside the ballpark to commemorate the Bambino's 1934 visit to Osaka.
- Made in the USA
- Japanese Baseball
- Authentic reproduction of the jersey worn in 1959 by the Osaka Tigers
- Travel Gray wool flannel
- Navy on Creme "Osaka" on front
- Navy on Creme #7 on back
- Button front
- Item #: OSA59R
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I typically travel to Osaka for business 2-3 times a year. Bought this flannel in April, 2019 just before a two week trip to Osaka in May. Some business associates assisted me in buying tickets in advance to Friday night and Saturday afternoon games in late May against the Dragons. Took the Koshien express train from Umeda Station to Koshien Station, a five minute walk from the Stadium. I've been fortunate to experience a few sporting events around the world (Bundesliga in Germany, Premier League in England), the games in Koshien top the list. Back to the flannel, my Japanese is very limited but I can say the flannel left quite the impression on a lot of Tiger fans. Lots of smiles, comments (even some questions in English!), but the appreciation was really shown in the ballpark. Friday night I sat in the right field bleachers with the fan club, cheerleaders, trumpet players, the most avid fans. Beer vendors are all women with 10-15 gallon beer dispensers in their backs...I had 5 beers bought for me, the vendor would point out the fan(s) who bought the beers for me and I stood up, raised the cup, and bowed. Saturday I sat in a 3rd base box seat, scorching sunny day. Same thing, never paid for a beer, fans all around were buying my beer in appreciation of the vintage flannel. If you ever get a chance, take a trip to Osaka and take in a Tigers' game, it will be a highlight of your life.