Aikawa, Ryoji 相川 亮二 (あいかわ・りょうじ)
Yomiuri Giants | #23 | C
Born: 07/10/1976 (age 41)
Height: 183cm
Weight: 86kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Chiba
Draft: 1994, 5th Round
History: 東京学館高-横浜-ヤクルト
Roster Changes: added 04/12/2016, removed 08/11/2016, added 09/26/2016

Ryoji Aikawa: Did You Know


July 30, 2017 vs Yokohama at Tokyo Dome – Aikawa recorded a walk-off double off Yasuaki Yamasaki in the bottom of the ninth and joined Hirokazu Ibata, Sadaharu Oh, and Yuko Minamimura as the only players in Yomiuri Giants’ franchise history to record a walk-off hit after turning forty. Of the four players, Aikawa is the oldest.

The NPB record of forty-four years and six month was set by Yoshiyuki Iwamoto in 1956 and Takeshi Yamasaki in 2013. Aikawa is the eleventh player over forty-one to record a walk-off in NPB history. He is the oldest catcher in Central League history to record walk-off. The previous record of forty years and nine months was set by Motonobu Tanishige in 2011.

Source: Sponichi 7/31/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/31/2017