Wednesday, August 15, 2007

1985 Hanshin Tigers Central League Pennant Winners

The Tigers were extremely successful in the early years, winning championships in 1936-38, 1944 and 1947, and compiling a 730-472 franchise record by 1950 (when the two-league system was introduced). Since then they have won the Central League pennant five times - in 1962, 1964, 1985, 2003 and 2005.

The year 1985 is still fondly remembered by all Hanshin fans. Not only did the club win the Japan Series for the first (and so far only) time, but their first baseman Randy Bass won the Triple Crown award AND the Japan Series MVP award as well - in the process elevating himself to God-like status in the Kansai region.

As stated above 1985 was the only Japan Series Championship season for the Hanshin Tigers to date. This is a highlight film of their trek to the Central League Pennant.


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