Ichiro Suzuki Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason
Jan 31, 2024 By Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason
Originally Published on May 17, 2022
Fact-checked by Mamta Joshi
Ichiro Suzuki, born on October 22, 1973, has won several batting titles in Major League Baseball.
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About Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki is a well-known professional Japanese former baseball player who was born on October 22, 1973.
Suzuki is a famous baseball outfielder who has played in major baseball leagues like NPB ( Nippon Professional Baseball) and MLB (Major League Baseball), both in Japan and the USA. He began his career by playing for Orix Bluewave of NPB in Japan. In his second career game, he recorded his first-ever ichi-gun hit against Keiji Kimura.
Later on, Ichiro Suzuki also participated in the famous US baseball league MLB and spent most of his career playing for the Seattle Mariners. He also spent a few seasons in Major League Baseball playing for the  New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins. However, in 2018 he returned to the Mariners again.
Ichiro Suzuki has played for a number of teams throughout his career. His first team was Orix BlueWave. He started playing for them in 1992 and stayed with them until 2000. His second team was the Seattle Mariners. Suzuki joined them the very next year after leaving Orix BlueWave in 2001 and played for over a decade with them until 2012.
Suzuki's third team was the New York Yankees, which he joined the same year after quitting the Seattle Mariners in 2012. Suzuki played for the New York Yankees for a short period of two years and left the team in 2014. The Miami Marlins was the fourth team Ichiro Suzuki joined in 2015 and once again, he played for them for two years before he left in 2017. The following year, in 2018, Suzuki rejoined the Seattle Mariners and played for Seattle Mariners until 2019.
In the 2001 season, he was the leader in terms of batting average and stolen bases for the American League. For this, he was named the MVP in 2001 along with being given the title of American League rookie.

Ichiro Suzuki Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Ichiro Suzuki's net worth?

Ichiro Suzuki is a well-established baseball player on the international baseball field and has been for many years. The former Japanese baseball player has a net worth of $180 million as of 2022, making him the fourth richest baseball player in the world.

How much does Ichiro Suzuki earn per year?

Including all the brand endorsements (primarily from Japan) and his deals and contracts with baseball clubs, Ichiro Suzuki used to earn an estimated salary of $15 million a year during his active professional career.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Ichiro Suzuki?

Ichiro Suzuki stands at 5 ft 11 cm (180 cm) tall.

How old is Ichiro Suzuki?

As of March 2022, Ichiro Suzuki is 48-years-old, as he was born on October 22, 1973.

Childhood And Education

This Japanese baseball legend spent his childhood in Toyoyama, a small town in Japan. It was quite obvious from his early childhood that Ichiro had impressive skills in baseball. He was also passionate about playing baseball. Ichiro used to play with a bat and a ball in his backyard when he was just three years old.
His father, Nobuyuki, understood his son’s skills and talent in baseball and he was determined to make Ichiro a significant and distinct baseball player. Nobuyuki ensured that his son could practice baseball for at least four hours a day. At a certain point in his life, Ichiro even used to wake up at 3:00 AM just to have enough time for his practice. This shows that Ichiro Suzuki had immense passion and determination for baseball from a young age.
Though there is little information about his educational life, we know that Ichiro was a well-known face at Japan’s National High School Baseball Tournament by his senior years

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Ichiro Suzuki’s partner?

Ichiro Suzuki got married to Yumiko Fukushima on December 3, 1999, in Santa Monica, California, meaning they have now been married for more than 20 years. Fukushima is a former sports reporter for the Tokyo Broadcasting System.
Ichiro Suzuki’s father, Nobuyuki Suzuki, had a significant role in making Ichiro a baseball player. Yoshie Suzuki is his mother. Ichiro also has a sibling named Kazuyasu Suzuki who is a stylist by profession.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For...

Ichiro made his career debut in the Japanese NPB league where he played for Orix Bluewave. He played on a big, professional platform for the first time and his career was started. In 2001, Ichiro made his MLB debut in the US where he played for the Seattle Mariners for the first time. It was due to this that Ichiro gained fame in the international baseball world. Later on, he changed American league teams a few times but returned to the Mariners in 2018 and played his farewell MLB game for them in the same year. Ichiro went on to win gold for San Diego in 2006 and for Los Angeles in 2009, respectively.
Ichiro Suzuki was the first notable Japanese baseball player who gained success and fame in the US and in the international world of baseball. This Japanese baseball legend also holds the record for most total hits across all the professional baseball leagues and no other player in this field has surpassed him yet.

Charity Work

In March 2011, Ichiro Suzuki donated 100 million Yen or $1.24 million to the Japanese Red Cross to support his country of Japan which was devastated by an earthquake.

What awards has Ichiro Suzuki won?

In his long and successful baseball career, Suzuki has received many significant awards. Some of them were the first instance of them being received by a Japanese or even by a baseball player of any country. Suzuki entered the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (The Golden Players Club) as the first MLB player. This legendary baseball icon also won the 2007 All-Star Game MVP Award. Rawlings Gold Glove Award is another award among Suzuki’s many achievements.
Ichiro has won over seven Pacific League batting champion titles spanning from 1994-2000. Suzuki also gained three Pacific League MVPs. Ichiro also won two Matsutaro Shoriki Awards in the consecutive years of 2014 and 2015. He also has seven All-Stars from 1994 all the way to 2000. All of these are Ichiro's NPB awards.
For MLB, Ichiro has more than ten All-Star awards from 2001 to 2010. He also won the Rookie of the Year in 2001. Ichiro also won three Silver Slugger Awards in the years 2001, 2007, and 2009.

Ichiro Suzuki's Hobbies And Interests

Besides baseball, Suzuki also has a personal life filled with many interests and hobbies. Ichiro himself admitted to having a fondness for cars, shopping for furniture in San Francisco, and loose-fitting, hip-hop-type clothes.

Other Interesting Ichiro Suzuki Facts And Trivia

  • Suzuki has had impressive and natural baseball skills since he was a three-year-old kid.
  • He was determined to be a successful baseball player and never skipped his four hours a day practice session. Suzuki even woke up at 3:00 in the morning as he didn’t want to skip the practice session.
  • According to his NPB statistics, he has 1,278 hits, whereas in his MLB statistics he has 3,089 hits. Ichiro has a total of 118 homeruns for NPB and 117 homeruns for MLB.

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Ichiro Suzuki Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Ichiro Suzuki

Date of Birth

1973-10-22

Nationality

Japanese

Place of Birth

Nishikasugai-gun, Aichi Prefecture

Age

Height

180 cm

Eye Color

Black

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Baseball Outfielder

Net Worth

180000000

Partner

Yumiko Fukushima

Parents

Nobuyuki Suzuki, Yoshie Suzuki

Siblings

Kazuyasu Suzuki
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Written by Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason

Bachelor of Science specializing in Mass Communication.

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