This is new to me — Ichiro played a season in the now-defunct Hawaiian Winter Baseball league. The 20-year-old spent the HWB’s inaugural 1993 season with the Hilo Stars, wearing uniform number 5.
He spent the previous two seasons playing for the Orix BlueWave of Nippon Professional Baseball, though mostly in the team’s farm system. However, following his winter in Hawaii, Ichiro had a monster breakout ’94 season with Orix, batting .385 average (a Pacific League record), and 210 hits (an NPB record).
According to this, Ichiro hit a 500-foot home run for Hilo (the “Shinkansen Homer”?), though I find that hard to believe. This is the backside of the baseball card up above…
Says his favorite song at the time was “Drop the Base” [sic] by DJ Magic Mike.