The name "Bozo" was the nickname of my grandfather on mother's side. The grandpa was a Hawaii born Japanese American and was a baseball player there. He was a very powerful pitcher. His name was Tadashi Wakabayashi.
He was said to be very naughty boy and was more than handful to his parents. So as a power of course he was sent to a Buddhist temple in Hawaii where he was to be straightened out. His playmates teased him calling "bouzu" (Buddhist priest in Japanese language). The name was then spread as "Bozo" in American accent. The word Bozo is an old American slang meaning a guy. I would say it must have been the most proper nickname for the very naughty boy.
The grandpa made an ever-longing visit to Japan as a member of selected Hawaiian baseball team who exchanged games with Japan Selected Baseball Team. At that time in Japan there was no professional baseball but the college baseball was at the peak. Grandpa did perform well in the exchange games. As a result he was scouted to Hosei University and gave a golden age to the university for all of the four years. When he was in the last year of Hosei, professional baseball league was organized. Grandpa was naturally scouted to Hanshin Tigers as a star player. His activity as a pitcher and a director was extended to originate the two-league system like as Major League Baseball system in America. After creating the two-league system, he volunteered to Mainichi Orion's of Pacific League, where he became the first winning pitcher and then the Most Valuable Player by the end of the season. He was already 42 years of age. His pitching was so accurate that he was said to throw a ball through a needle hole. His skill was famed as "Rainbow Colored Pitching". He became the first Hall of Fame figure outside of Giants players.
Tadashi Wakabayashi 1908.03.01-1965.03.05
Right-hand Pitcher 175cm 78kg
Hanshin Tigers 1936-1949.
Mainichi OrionŐs 1950-1962
Totaling 16 years
>>>The Most Valuable Player 2 times
>>>The Most Winning Pitcher 1 time
>>>The Most Protective Pitcher 2 times
>>>The Most Victorious Pitcher 2 times
237 winnings and 144 loses
Protective Ratio 1.99
|When I was planning to organize my own band, such naming as Kenta Tsugami Quartet did not sit well in my thought. Then it happened that when I attended his 33rd memorial ceremony, I felt the emotion in it, of his great history with his naughtiness as power in youth as well as his heart full devotion to the world of baseball. After permission from the relatives, I chose and named my band [BOZO].|