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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

The league splits into the Central and Pacific Leagues. The expanded Nippon Professional Baseball system doubles the number of teams from seven to fifteen. The first Nippon Series is played as well.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner
From 1950 to 1979, the official name of the Pacific League was the Taiheiyo Baseball Union.

[edit] Central League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Shochiku Robins 137 98 35 4 0.730 0.0 908 524 0.287 3.23 Tokuro Konishi
Chunichi Dragons 137 89 44 4 0.664 9.0 745 597 0.274 3.73 Shunichi Amachi
Yomiuri Giants 140 82 54 4 0.600 17.5 724 522 0.269 2.90 Shigeru Mizuhara
Osaka Tigers 140 70 67 3 0.511 30.0 766 696 0.270 4.19 Kenjiro Matsuki
Taiyo Whales 140 69 68 3 0.504 31.0 759 761 0.273 4.47 Tairiku Watanabe
Nishi-Nippon Pirates 136 50 83 3 0.379 48.0 633 759 0.261 4.66 Toshio Kojima
Kokutetsu Swallows 138 42 94 2 0.312 57.5 480 790 0.245 4.67 Norio Nishigaki
Hiroshima Carp 138 41 96 1 0.301 59.0 511 877 0.244 5.20 Shuichi Ishimoto

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Mainichi Orions 120 81 34 5 0.696 0.0 713 512 0.286 3.42 Yoshio Yuasa
Nankai Hawks 120 66 49 5 0.571 15.0 645 495 0.279 3.38 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Daiei Stars 120 62 54 4 0.533 19.5 534 516 0.260 3.70 Sadayoshi Fujimoto
Hankyu Braves 120 54 64 2 0.458 28.5 522 541 0.245 3.69 Shinji Hamazaki
Nishitetsu Clippers 120 51 67 2 0.433 31.5 493 583 0.254 3.87 Kaname Miyazaki
Tokyu Flyers 120 51 69 0 0.425 32.5 524 660 0.256 4.52 Shinobu Ando
Kintetsu Pearls 120 44 72 4 0.383 37.5 467 591 0.242 3.85 Shozo Fujita

[edit] Leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
Batting Average Fumio Fujimura Osaka Tigers .362 Hiroshi Oshita Tokyu Flyers .339
Runs Makoto Kozuru Shochiku Robins 143 Kaoru Betto Mainichi Orions 108
Hits Fumio Fujimura Osaka Tigers 191 Kaoru Betto Mainichi Orions 160
Doubles Kiyoshi Ozawa Taiyo Whales 45 Tokuji Iida Nankai Hawks 33
Triples Tokuzo Harada
Yukichi Nagatoshi
Shoji Arakawa
Chunichi Dragons
Nishi-Nippon Pirates
Shochiku Robins
12 Kazuo Kageyama Nankai Hawks 15
Home Runs Makoto Kozuru Shochiku Robins 51 Kaoru Betto Mainichi Orions 43
Runs Batted In Makoto Kozuru Shochiku Robins 161 Kaoru Betto Mainichi Orions 105
Stolen Bases Jiro Kaneyama Shochiku Robins 74 Chusuke Kizuka Nankai Hawks 78
Walks Shigeru Chiba Yomiuri Giants 105 Tokuji Iida Nankai Hawks 74

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Nobuo Oshima Shochiku Robins 2.03 Atsushi Aramaki Mainichi Orions 2.06
Wins Juzo Sanada Shochiku Robins 39 Atsushi Aramaki Mainichi Orions 26
Losses Ryohei Hasegawa Hiroshima Carp 27 Yoshio Tenpo Hankyu Braves 24
Innings Pitched Juzo Sanada Shochiku Robins 395.2 Yasuo Yonekawa Tokyu Flyers 363.2
Appearances Hiroyoshi Takano Taiyo Whales 66 Yasuo Yonekawa Tokyu Flyers 58
Hits Allowed Hiroyoshi Takano Taiyo Whales 367 Yasuo Yonekawa Tokyu Flyers 349
Home Runs Allowed Juzo Sanada Shochiku Robins 39 Yasuo Yonekawa Tokyu Flyers 27
Strikeouts Shigeru Sugishita Chunichi Dragons 209 Yasuo Yonekawa Tokyu Flyers 207
Base-on-Balls Akira Takahashi Kokutetsu Swallows 178 Hachiro Abe Hankyu Braves 104

[edit] Postseason

In the first Nippon Series, the Mainichi Orions (PL) defeated the Taiyo Robins (CL), 4 games to 2. The winning manager was Yoshio Yuasa and the series MVP was Kaoru Betto.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1950 Sawamura Award was Juzo Sanada of the Shochiku Robins. He had a 39 - 12 win-loss record, 191 strikeouts, and a 3.05 ERA in 395.2 innings.

Award League Player Team Position AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG W - L SV IP HA HRA BB SO ERA
Most Valuable Player CL Makoto Kozuru Shochiku Robins OF 516 143 183 51 161 28 .355 .450 .729 Did not pitch
PL Kaoru Betto Mainichi Orions OF 477 108 160 43 105 34 .335 .397 .671 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Nobuo Oshima Shochiku Robins P 85 9 19 0 10 1 .224 .333 .306 20 - 4 225.1 197 9 75 70 2.03
PL Atsushi Aramaki Mainichi Orions P 97 10 19 0 6 0 .196 .235 .289 26 - 8 274.2 240 11 55 150 2.06

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1950 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Juzo Sanada Shochiku Robins P Atsushi Aramaki Mainichi Orions
Shoji Arakawa Shochiku Robins C Takeshi Doigaki Mainichi Orions
Michio Nishizawa Chunichi Dragons 1B Tokuji Iida Nankai Hawks
Shigeru Chiba Yomiuri Giants 2B Yasuya Hondo Mainichi Orions
Fumio Fujimura Osaka Tigers 3B Junshi Nakatani Hankyu Braves
Katsumi Shiraishi Hiroshima Carp SS Chusuke Kizuka Nankai Hawks
Noboru Aota Yomiuri Giants OF Kaoru Betto Mainichi Orions
Yoshiyuki Iwamoto Shochiku Robins Shigeya Iijima Daiei Stars
Makoto Kozuru Shochiku Robins Hiroshi Oshita Tokyu Flyers

[edit] High School Baseball

The 32nd National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 1536 schools competing for 23 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Matsuyama Higashi High School (Ehime) defeated Naruto High School (Tokushima) by a score of 12 - 8.

The 22nd National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 16 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Nirayama High School (Shizuoka) defeated Kochi High School (Kochi) by a score of 4 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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Fall Waseda Rikkio Meiji Hosei Keio Tokyo

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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Fall Nihon Chuo Senshu Komazawa Tokyo Agriculture Tokyo Tech

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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Spring Kansai Kwansei Gakuin Ritsumeikan Kobe Doshisha Kyoto
Fall Doshisha Kobe Kwansei Gakuin Kyoto Ritsumeikan Kansai
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