|Kinko (Nagoya 1936-1940)
The Nagoya Baseball Club, whose parent
was Nagoya Shinbun (It was combined
Shin Aichi Shinbun later), was formed
on January 10, 1936. The official kick-off
was February 28. Their team name was
Kinko. I think we can say this Kinko
nickname. Its origin was of course
golden dolphin-like fish which were
used to decorate the roof-ridge of
castle. However, no document about
The advisor of the team was Mr. Genzaburo
Okada. He was well known in the baseball
field and knew about American Baseball
well. He became the manager of the
He may have been the first to propose
baseball teams should have nicknames.
The rival company of Nagoya Shinbun,
Shinbun, also formed a Dai Nihon Baseball
Association Nagoya branch on January
but they decided not to have a nickname.
So, the two teams were called Nagoya
team and the Nagoya team.
Nagoya Kinko had a practice game with
Giants from February 9 to 11, just
they left for a visit to America. They
one game but lost two.
In 1941 Kinko was combined with the
Senators because most of the main players
were called into the army. It was a
That meant that Nagoya Kinko, one of
founder teams of Japan Professional