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Kosei Ono 1st HR and last HR

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Kosei Ono 1st HR and last HR
Kosei Ono of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows became the first Japanese player in history to hit a home run in his first professional at bat, and also in the last at bat of his career.

Kasei Ono announced that the 2008 season would be his last season as a player in NPB. During the last game of the season for Yakult and Yokohama on October 12 at Jingu Stadium, Ono came up to pinch hit in the 8th inning with two out, and he hit a solo home run to left giving Yakult a 3-2 lead. He also hit a home run in his first professional at bat back in 1997.

Original article in Japanese is here [Sponichi].

Sponichi is reporting that Ono is the first "ever," but I heard a TV news station here report first ever "Japanese." Maybe just semantics, but I don't know.

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