|Orions (Mainichi 1950-1957, Omai 1958-1963,
Tokyo 1964-1968, Lotte 1969-1991)
The issue of Mainichi Shinbun joining
Japan Baseball Association was the
of the separation into two Leagues
Train company groups like Hankyu, Nankai
and Tokyu, tried to check the self-righteous
Yomiuri Shinbun, but the Newspaper
group, Yomiuri and Chunichi was strongly
against this. As a result, the Japan
Association was divided into a Central
and a Pacific League.
The new Mainichi team offered public
for the nickname in the newspaper.
a tremendous number of responses ---
400, 000. They chose Orions from among
leading candidates like Eagles, Lion,
and Elephants. Orions got the fifth
number of subscriptions.
Orion, which Homer praised as the most
and greatest hunter of the Greek myths,
also famous as a constellation, and
was chosen because Mainichi Shinbun
star on their company’s emblem.
The number of subscriptions、400, 000,
the highest to date.