Ōkido Moriemon

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Ōkido Moriemon
大木戸 森右衛門
Okido Moriemon.jpg
Personal information
Born Mitsuzo Uchida
(1878-11-02)November 2, 1878
Hyōgo, Japan
Died November 7, 1930(1930-11-07) (aged 52)
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 125 kg (276 lb)
Career
Stable Minato
Record 143-20-22-10draws (Makuuchi)
Debut September 1899
Highest rank Yokozuna (December 1912)
Retired January 1914
Championships 10 (Osaka makuuchi, unofficial)
* Up to date as of August 2008.

Ōkido Moriemon (大木戸 森右衛門, November 2, 1878 – November 7, 1930) was a sumo wrestler. He was the sport's 23rd yokozuna. He was second yokozuna to be recognised from Osaka sumo, and the only yokozuna who spent his whole active career in Osaka.

Career[edit]

Okido made his debut in Osaka sumo in September 1899. Between January 1908 and May 1909, he recorded 28 consecutive wins without a single draw or hold, a rarity at the time. At this time the Osaka Sumo Association attempted to promote him to yokozuna, but Ōkido's friendship with Tokyo sumo's Hitachiyama, who was not well liked in Osaka, derailed this.

In January 1910, he was finally promoted to yokozuna by the Osaka Sumo Association, but without the agreement of Tokyo sumo association and the house of Yoshida Tsukasa. The house of Yoshida Tsukasa became very angry and the Osaka Sumo Association apologized to the house. He was awarded a yokozuna licence officially by the Tokyo association in December 1912.

However, he suffered from cerebral hemorrhage and retired from as an active sumo wrestler in January 1914.

Osaka sumo top division record[edit]

  • Osaka sumo existed independently for many years before merging with Tokyo sumo in 1926. 1-2 tournaments were held yearly, though the actual time they were held was often erratic.
Ōkido Moriemon[1]
First Second
1903 West Maegashira #6
6–3
 
West Maegashira #1
6–2–1
 
1904 West Komusubi
8–0–1
1d
Unofficial

 
West Sekiwake
8–0–1
1h
Unofficial

 
1905 West Ōzeki
9–0–1
Unofficial

 
West Ōzeki
6–1–1
2d

 
1906 West Ōzeki
9–0–1
Unofficial

 
West Ōzeki
8–1–1
Unofficial

 
1907 East Ōzeki
3–1–4
2h

 
East Ōzeki
7–0–2
1h

 
1908 East Ōzeki
7–2–1
 
East Ōzeki
9–0–1
Unofficial

 
1909 East Ōzeki
9–0–1
Unofficial

 
East Ōzeki
9–0–1
Unofficial

 
1910 East Yokozuna
6–2–1
1d

 
East Yokozuna
8–1–1
Unofficial

 
1911 East Yokozuna
7–1–1
1d
Unofficial

 
East Yokozuna
6–2–2
 
1912 East Yokozuna
7–1–1
1d

 
Not held
1913 East Yokozuna
5–3–2
 
Sat out
1914
Retired
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Retired Lower Divisions

Key:d=Draw(s) (引分);   h=Hold(s) (預り)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

*Championships for the best record in a tournament were not recognized or awarded in Osaka sumo before its merger with Tokyo sumo, and the unofficial championship above are historically conferred. For more information, see yūshō.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 横綱力士幕内星取表 (in Japanese). 

See also[edit]

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1912 - 1914
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Yokozuna is not a successive rank, and more than one wrestler can share the title