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September 27, 2005

A Rising Star

On Sunday, Nippon Ham Fighters' young star Yuu Darvish became the first pitcher fresh out of high school in 39 years to win five games in his rookie season. The tall 19-year old Tohoku High School graduate has been closely watched since he pitched his school team to the final of the summer Koshien tournament last year. His first season as a pro got off to a late start after he was suspended for smoking during spring training (he's still a minor) and a knee injury. An interesting fact is that the pitcher's Iranian father Farusa (45), who spent his high school and university years in the US, is the owner of an English conversation school in Osaka, among several other businesses. He, along with several family members, friends and 50 students from his school, was in the crowd to witness the younger Darvish's latest win.

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