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June 19, 2002 -   Seibu Lions shortstop Kazuo Matsui was the first man ever in Japanese history to start a game in the top of the first with a leadoff inside the park homer, which he did against the Daiei Hawks on June 28th, 1998.

     Only one other man in history has done it since, that being Tomochika Tsuboi of the Hanshin Tigers on July 4, 1998 against the Hiroshima Carp. What's remarkable is how closely the Tsuboi and Matsui feats occurred.

     Five others have leadoff the BOTTOM of the first inning with inside the park homers, the first of that set being Hanshin's Hidefumi Miyake on June 25, 1958. The last man to do it was Kazuhiko Miyaji of the Seibu Lions on September 2, 2000.

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