|Tigers (Osaka Tigers: 1935-1939, 1946-1960,
Hanshin Tigers: 1961-present)
The Hanshin Railway Company, which
Stadium, established the Osaka Baseball
on December 10, 1935. They became one
the original teams of the Japan Professional
Baseball league in 1936. The nickname
was modeled on the Detroit Tigers,
the Hanshin industrial area around
resembles one of the America's biggest
zones, the Detroit industrial area.
Giants took their name from the New
Giants so Hanshin took their name from
The nickname, Tigers, was used independently
on tickets and posters --- "Tigers
Kyojin" and "Tigers vs. Hankyu"
--- until it was abolished in fall
due to World War II.
In 1946, the team became well known
(a fierce tiger written in Chinese
That was during the period when sportswriters
used Japanese versions of nicknames
"Kyojin" (meaning "Giants"
written in Chinese characters). You
those nicknames on most magazines during
However, the parent company, the Hanshin
Railway Company, requested them to
name "Hanshin". Thus, the
was gone within a year. The parent
might do that in rivalry with other
but if they kept the nickname, they
have been given special treatment like
Yomiuri Giants today.