Haguroiwa Dies At 70
Former komusubi Haguroiwa has died at the age of 70. According to an announcement from the Japan Sumo Association on Monday, Haguroiwa died on Sunday morning due to kidney failure.
Haguroiwa, whose birth-name is Tomojiro Toda, holds one of the most famous victories in the sports history. In March of 1969, Haguroiwa defeated yokozuna Taiho’s 45-bout winning streak on the second day of the Spring Grand Sumo tournament.
In that historically controversial contest, Taiho had been awarded the victory before ringside judges changed the ruling. Photographs would later reveal that Haguroiwa stepped out of bounds before Taiho did. The bout was named "the error of the century".
Haguroiwa enjoyed a 17-year career, beginning at the 1961 Summer Basho and retiring after the New Year tournament. Haguroiwa served as a member of the JSA refereeing committee until June of 2011.