Tokyo Yomiuri Giants owner Toru Shoriki presents Dodger President Peter O’Malley with a suit of armor


In recognition of the longtime friendship between the O’Malley family and the Shoriki family, Yomiuri owner Toru Shoriki sent two former Giants players, Motoshi Fujita and Shigeo Nagashima, both in the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame, to Dodger Stadium to present this replica suit of armor to Dodger President Peter O’Malley on January 29, 1988. The O-Yoroi, or Great Armor, was worn by Japan’s highest-ranking samurai from the 10th through 14th centuries. Shimazu Yoshihiro, feudal lord of the Satsuma Province during the late 16th Century, was captivated by the form of the Great Armors. This piece is modeled after Yoshihiro’s personal suit of armor. It has been modified to showcase the family crest of the Tokugawa Clan, to whom the Shimazu pledge their loyalty at the close of the Warring States Period (1467 -1600).