For a fourth outfielder, So Taguchi made an impressive impact on the St. Louis Cardinals franchise. The Cardinals signed Taguchi back in 2002 as a free agent at the age of 33. He later made his debut in June of that year, becoming the first (and only as of now) Japanese-born player to wear the Birds on the Bat. Fittingly enough, he also wore the number 99 - the first and only Cardinal to ever do so. Though he had already made history for the Cardinals, his name was forever cemented in Cardinals lore when he took Billy Wagner deep in Game 2 of the 2006 NLCS.
Today is So Taguchi’s forty-ninth birthday! Happy birthday to the “So-man”, as Mike Shannon affectionately called him!
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