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The was a Nippon Professional Baseball team based in Osaka, Japanmarker, which were in the Pacific League. The team was owned by Kinki Nippon Railway Co. (later: Kintetsu Corp.) and later sold to the Orix Group, the owner of the Orix BlueWave baseball team, in 2004. The new owner then announced that they would merged the two teams into one team called the Orix Buffaloes before the start of the 2004-2005 NPB season.

The team was founded in 1950 and was known by various names: the Kintetsu Pearls (1950-1958), Kintetsu Buffalo (1959-1961), Kintetsu Buffaloes (1962-1998), Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (1999-2004), and Orix Buffaloes (2005-now).

The team played in Fujiidera Stadiummarker, and later in Osaka Domemarker.

Uniform colors: Red, navy blue and White
Nickname: Kintetsu (近鉄), Buffaloes (バファローズ), Mougyu (猛牛) means violent buffalo, Ushi (牛,丑) means cow.
Logo design: A stylized buffalo's head with angry-looking red eyes which is designed by Okamoto Taro; or "Buffaloes" in red script, outlined with white.
League championships won (4): 1979, 1980, 1989, 2001
Japan Series championships won (0):

Players of note

Former players


Foreign players

Retired numbers

  • 1 Keishi Suzuki (鈴木 啓示)

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