Hideo Nomo successfully pitches in the US
No doubt, the most talked about Japanese in the world of sports this year is Hideo Nomo He joined the Los Angeles Dodgers of the U.S. Major League Baseball and played with the team for the entire '95 season. He became the second Japanese major league player. The first Japanese was Masanori Murakami who pitched for the San Francisco Giants back in 1964. But Nomo has far exceeded his predecessor in terms of performance. He was not only selected to play in the U.S. All Star Games, he also was given the privelege to appeared as National League's starting pitcher. Nomo finished the season with 13 wins and 6 losses. He succeeded in winning the league's most number of strikeouts with 236. He was awarded National League's Rookie of the Year.