Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes
( 大阪近鉄バファローズ Ōsaka Kintetsu Bafarōzu)
Kyocera Dome Osaka
1979, 1980, 1989, 2001
Kintetsu Pearls (1949-1958), Kintetsu Buffalo (1959-1961), Kintetsu Buffaloes (1962-1998), Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (1999-2004)
Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes ( was a 大阪近鉄バファローズ Ōsaka Kintetsu Bafarōzu) Nippon Professional Baseball team based in Osaka, Japan, which were in the Pacific League. The team was owned by Kinki Nippon Railway Co. (later: Kintetsu Corp.) and later sold to the Orix Group, the owner of the Orix BlueWave baseball team, in 2004. The new owner then announced that they would merged the two teams into one team called the Orix Buffaloes before the start of the 2004-2005 NPB season.
The team was founded in 1950 and was known by various names: the Kintetsu Pearls (1950-1958), Kintetsu Buffalo (1959-1961), Kintetsu Buffaloes (1962-1998), Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (1999-2004), and Orix Buffaloes (2005-now).
The team played in
Fujiidera Stadium, and later in Osaka Dome. Its batting lineup was known as Itemae Dasen ( いてまえ打線).
Uniform colors: Red, navy blue and white
Nickname: Kintetsu (近鉄), Buffaloes (バファローズ), Mougyu (猛牛) means violent buffalo, Ushi (牛,丑) means cow.
Logo design: A stylized buffalo's head with angry-looking red eyes, designed by Okamoto Taro; or "Buffaloes" in red script, outlined with white
League championships won (4): 1979, 1980, 1989, 2001
(0): Japan Series championships won
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