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Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki referred to mononymously as Ichiro, is a Japanese former professional baseball outfielder who played 28 seasons combined in top-level professional leagues. He spent the bulk of his career with two teams: nine seasons with the Orix Blue Wave of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, where he began his career, 14 with the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball in the United States. After playing the first 12 years of his MLB career for the Mariners, Ichiro played two and a half seasons with the New York Yankees before signing with the Miami Marlins. Ichiro played three seasons with the Marlins before returning to the Mariners in 2018. Ichiro established a number of batting records, including MLB's single-season record for hits with 262, he achieved the longest streak by any player in history. Between his major league career in both Japan and the United States, Ichiro has the most hits by any player in top-tier professional leagues, he has recorded the most hits of all Japanese-born players in MLB history.

In his combined playing time in the NPB and MLB, Ichiro received 17 consecutive selections both as an All-Star and Gold Glove winner, won nine league batting titles and was named Most Valuable Player four times. While playing in the NPB, he won seven consecutive batting titles and three consecutive Pacific League MVP Awards. In 2001, Ichiro became the first Japanese-born position player to be posted and signed to an MLB club, he led the American League in batting average and stolen bases en route to being named AL Rookie of the Year and AL MVP. Ichiro was the first MLB player to enter the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, he was a ten-time MLB All-Star and won the 2007 All-Star Game MVP Award for a three-hit performance that included the event's first-ever inside-the-park home run. Ichiro won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in each of his first 10 years in the majors, had an American League–record seven hitting streaks of 20 or more games, with a high of 27, he is noted for his longevity, continuing to produce at a high level with batting, on-base percentages above.300 in 2016, while approaching 43 years of age.

In 2016, Ichiro notched the 3,000th hit of his MLB career, against Chris Rusin of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, becoming only the 30th player to do so. In total, he finished with 4,367 hits in his professional career across the United States. Ichiro grew up in the town of Toyoyama, a small town just outside Nagoya. At the age of seven, Ichiro joined his first baseball team and asked his father, Nobuyuki Suzuki, to teach him to be a better player; the two began a daily routine, which included throwing 50 pitches, fielding 50 infield balls and 50 outfield balls, hitting 500 pitches, 250 from a pitching machine and 250 from his father. As a little leaguer in Toyoyama, Ichiro had the word "concentration" written on his glove. By age 12, he had dedicated himself to pursuing a career in professional baseball, their training sessions were no longer for leisure, less enjoyable; the elder Suzuki claimed, "Baseball was fun for both of us," but Ichiro said, "It might have been fun for him, but for me it was a lot like Star of the Giants," a popular Japanese manga and anime series about a young baseball prospect's difficult road to success, with rigorous training demanded by the father.

According to Ichiro, "It bordered on hazing and I suffered a lot."When Ichiro joined his high-school baseball team, his father told the coach, "No matter how good Ichiro is, don't praise him. We have to make him spiritually strong." When he was ready to enter high school, Ichiro was selected by a school with a prestigious baseball program, Nagoya's Aikodai Meiden High School. Ichiro was used as a pitcher instead of as an outfielder, owing to his exceptionally strong arm, his cumulative high-school batting average was.505, with 19 home runs. He built strength and stamina by hurling car tires and hitting Wiffle balls with a heavy shovel, among other regimens; these exercises helped adding power and endurance to his thin frame. Despite his outstanding numbers in high school, Ichiro was not drafted until the fourth and final round of the NPB draft in November 1991, because many teams were discouraged by his small size of 5 ft 9 1⁄2 in and 124 pounds. Years Ichiro told an interviewer, "I'm not a big guy, kids could look at me and see that I'm not muscular and not physically imposing, that I'm just a regular guy.

So if somebody with a regular body can get into the record books, kids can look at that. That would make me happy." Ichiro made his NPB Pacific League debut in 1992 for the Orix BlueWave at the age of 18, but he spent most of his first two seasons in the farm system because his then-manager, Shōzō Doi, refused to accept Ichiro's unorthodox swing. The swing was nicknamed'pendulum' because of the pendulum-like motion of his leg, which shifts his weight forward as he swings the bat, goes against conventional hitting theory. In his second career game, he recorded his first ichi-gun hit in the Pacific League against Hawks pitcher Keiji Kimura. Though he hit in 1993 a home run against Hideo Nomo, who won an MLB National League Rookie of the Year Award while a Los Angeles Dodger, Ichiro was sent back to the farm system on that day. In 1994, he benefited from the arrival of a new manager, Akira Ōgi, who played him every day in the second spot of the lineup, he was moved to the leadoff spot

Richard N. Gardner

Richard Newton Gardner served as the United States Ambassador to Spain and the United States Ambassador to Italy. He was a professor emeritus of law at Columbia Law School. Gardner was born in New York, the son of Ethel and Samuel Gardner, he served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II. Gardner graduated from Harvard University with a B. A. degree in Economics, a J. D. from Yale Law School, was a Rhodes Scholar, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics from Oxford University. He wrote several articles. Gardner died in New York City on February 16, 2019, aged 91. Appearances on C-SPAN

LNER Tyneside electric units

The LNER electric units were electric multiple units that ran on the Tyneside Electrics, a suburban system based on the English city of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1937 the London and North Eastern Railway received articulated twin passenger electric units to replace the NER electric units, built in 1904–15 by the North Eastern Railway; the order including some single-unit motor parcel vans and motor luggage vans. In the 1960s declining passenger numbers and the high cost of renewing life-expired electric substation equipment across the system led to the replacement of the electric multiple units with diesel multiple units and the units were all withdrawn in 1967. In 1937 the London and North Eastern Railway updated and expanded the original North Eastern Railway of the electric suburban Tyneside system; the original NER electric units built in 1904–15 were replaced with 64 new articulated twins, 112 feet 7 inches long, two luggage vans. Two new parcel vans were built in 1938. First class accommodation was provided when built but this was abolished on 4 May 1959 and all accommodation became second class.

Painted red and cream when new, in 1941 the stock was painted blue and off-white and green in the 1950s. Four versions of articulated twin were built: 12 x motor 3rd + trailer 3rd, 16 x luggage motor 3rd + trailer 1st, 18 x motor 3rd + trailer 3rd and 18 x luggage motor 3rd + trailer 1st. Types A and B could be used as 2-car sets but Types C and D, with no driving cabs in the trailers, would be made up into longer sets with up to eight cars; the trailers of the Type B and Type D units each had 28 first-class seats, plus 32 or 36 seats which could be used for either first class or third class as required. In the 1960s declining passenger numbers and the high cost of electricity lead to the replacement of the electric multiple units with diesel multiple units; the units had all been withdrawn by 17 June 1967. The articulated units were in two-car sets comprising one motor car and one trailer car sharing a common centre bogie; the outer bogie of each motor car carried two electric traction motors.

The passenger cars manually operated sliding doors. The luggage compartments had double sliding doors; the motor parcel. Built by Metropolitan-Cammell, the trains ran on a 600 V DC third rail system; the traction motors were Crompton Parkinson with a 154 horsepower, 210 Amp continuous rating and a 216 horsepower, 295 Amp 1-hour rating, with a gear ratio of 71:18. The articulated sets were fitted with two motors, the motor luggage vans and motor parcel vans had 4 motors. Electro-pneumatic brakes were fitted; the LNER numbered the articulated units sequentially with the motor cars having odd numbers and the trailers having numbers. Shortly after nationalisation, British Railways prefixed these numbers with the letter E to distinguish them from similarly-numbered coaches inherited from other railways. In 1951, BR re-numbered the motor cars and trailers in separate series, where the third digit indicated the type of car: 1 – motor. In each two-car unit, the last two digits of the coach number were the same, i.e. 29101 ran with 29301.

From 1954, the origin of the vehicle was indicated by a suffix letter, the prefix now indicated the region of allocation, where E denoted the Eastern and North Eastern Regions. Boddy, M. G.. V.. H.. B.. Fry, E. V.. Locomotives of the L. N. E. R. Part 10B: Railcars and Electric Stock. Lincoln: RCTS. ISBN 0-901115-66-5. Hoole, Ken; the North Eastern Electrics. Oakwood Press. Marsden, Colin J.. The DC Electrics. Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-86093-615-2. Tyneside emus.co.uk