"Front pages newspapers reporting
on the death of Hideki Irabu
in Tokyo on July 30, 2011. Japanese baseball fans, players and sports writers mourned the death of the retired pitcher who pioneered the move across the Pacific into American Major League Baseball. Irabu, 42, died in an apparent suicide
after several years out of the sport"...getty image.
Irabu did not pitch in the 1998 and 1999 World Series as stated by Getty
: "but is remembered fondly at home for his heyday with the Yankees
, when he helped the New York club win the World Series
in 1998 and 1999." Per Baseball-Reference, his only post-season appearance was one game in the 1999 ALCS