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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

The NPB holds its first All-Star Game is played. Wally Yonamine becomes the first foreign player since World War II.

[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)
Yomiuri Giants 114 79 29 6 0.719 0.0 702 381 0.291 2.62 Shigeru Mizuhara
Nagoya Dragons 113 62 48 3 0.562 18.0 526 523 0.272 3.47 Shunichi Amachi
Osaka Tigers 116 61 52 3 0.539 20.5 545 465 0.269 3.26 Kenjiro Matsuki
Shochiku Robins 115 53 57 5 0.483 27.0 609 598 0.268 4.41 Kyouichi Nitta
Kokutetsu Swallows 107 46 59 2 0.439 31.5 389 533 0.245 3.96 Norio Nishigaki
Taiyo Whales 108 40 64 4 0.389 37.0 502 620 0.253 4.84 Haruyasu Nakajima, Giichi Arima
Hiroshima Carp 99 32 64 3 0.338 41.0 402 555 0.245 4.62 Shuichi Ishimoto

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Nankai Hawks 104 72 24 8 0.731 0.0 496 322 0.276 2.40 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Nishitetsu Lions 105 53 42 10 0.552 18.5 429 367 0.242 2.75 Osamu Mihara
Mainichi Orions 110 54 51 5 0.514 22.5 482 463 0.258 3.25 Sadao Yuasa
Daiei Stars 101 41 52 8 0.446 29.5 376 422 0.239 3.33 Sadayoshi Fujimoto
Hankyu Braves 96 37 51 8 0.427 31.0 367 404 0.243 3.32 Shinji Hamazaki
Tokyu Flyers 102 38 56 8 0.412 33.0 355 459 0.241 3.64 Shinobu Ando
Kintetsu Pearls 98 37 56 5 0.403 33.5 319 398 0.223 3.13 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 Tetsuharu Kawakami Yomiuri Giants .347 Hiroshi Oshita Tokyu Flyers .383
Runs Noboru Aota Yomiuri Giants 101 Kazuo Kageyama Nankai Hawks 97
Hits Tsugio Goto Osaka Tigers 155 Chusuke Kizuka Nankai Hawks 130
Doubles Michinori Tsubouchi Nagoya Dragons 28 Joshichi Itoh Mainichi Orions 28
Triples Masayasu Kaneda Osaka Tigers 18 Kazuo Kageyama Nankai Hawks 13
Home Runs Noboru Aota Yomiuri Giants 32 Hiroshi Oshita Tokyu Flyers 26
Runs Batted In Noboru Aota Yomiuri Giants 105 Tokuji Iida Nankai Hawks 87
Stolen Bases Goro Tsuchiya Kokutetsu Swallows 52 Chusuke Kizuka Nankai Hawks 55
Walks Shigeru Chiba Yomiuri Giants 76 Kazuo Kageyama Nankai Hawks 61

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Kiyoshi Matsuda Yomiuri Giants 2.01 Susumu Yuki Nankai Hawks 2.08
Wins Shigeru Sugishita Nagoya Dragons 28 Haruyasu Etoh Nankai Hawks 24
Losses Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 21 Mitsuo Sawafuji Kintetsu Pearls 16
Innings Pitched Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 350.0 Yasuo Yonekawa Tokyu Flyers 294.2
Appearances Shigeru Sugishita Nagoya Dragons 58 Toshiaki Ogata Nishitetsu Lions 46
Hits Allowed Tsuneo Kobayashi Shochiku Robins 307 Yasuo Yonekawa Tokyu Flyers 248
Home Runs Allowed Hiroyoshi Takano Taiyo Whales 27 Yasuo Yonekawa Tokyu Flyers 17
Strikeouts Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 233 Hachiro Abe Hankyu Braves 150
Base-on-Balls Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 190 Hachiro Abe Hankyu Braves 100

[edit] All-Star Game

The first NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Central League two games to one. The first game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 2 - 1. The second game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 4 - 2. The third game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 4 - 3.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Nankai Hawks (PL), 4 games to 1. The winning manager was Shigeru Mizuhara and the series MVP was Yuko Minamimura.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1951 Sawamura Award was Shigeru Sugishita of the Nagoya Dragons. He had a 28 - 13 win-loss record, 147 strikeouts, and a 2.36 ERA in 290.1 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 Tetsuharu Kawakami Yomiuri Giants 1B 374 74 141 15 81 14 .377 .450 .580 Did not pitch
PL Kazuto Tsuruoka Nankai Hawks 2B 338 44 105 2 58 19 .311 .363 .396 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Kiyoshi Matsuda Yomiuri Giants P 80 10 13 0 10 0 .163 .239 .225 23 - 3 227.2 186 5 64 93 2.02
PL Kazuo Kageyama Nankai Hawks 3B 410 97 129 6 28 42 .315 .403 .451 Did not pitch

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1951 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Takehiko Bessho Yomiuri Giants P Haruyasu Eto Nankai Hawks
Akira Noguchi Nagoya Dragons C Takeshi Doigaki Mainichi Orions
Tetsuharu Kawakami Yomiuri Giants 1B Tokuji Iida Nankai Hawks
Shigeru Chiba Yomiuri Giants 2B Kazuto Tsuruoka Nankai Hawks
Fumio Fujimura Osaka Tigers 3B Kazuo Kageyama Nankai Hawks
Saburo Hirai Yomiuri Giants SS Chusuke Kizuka Nankai Hawks
Noboru Aota Yomiuri Giants OF Kaoru Betto Mainichi Orions
Yoshiyuki Iwamoto Shochiku Robins Shigeya Iijima Daiei Stars
Masayasu Kaneda Osaka Tigers Hiroshi Oshita Tokyu Flyers

[edit] High School Baseball

The 33rd National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 1633 schools competing for 23 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Heian High School (Kyoto) defeated Kumagai High School (Saitama) by a score of 7 - 4.

The 23rd National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 16 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Naruto High School (Tokushima) defeated Naruo High School (Hyogo) by a score of 3 - 2.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

Season First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
Spring Waseda Keio Rikkio Hosei Meiji Tokyo
Fall Keio Hosei Meiji Waseda Rikkio Tokyo

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

Season First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
Spring Senshu Chuo Nihon Komazawa Tokyo Agriculture Kokugakuin
Fall Senshu Chuo Nihon Komazawa Tokyo Agriculture Kokugakuin

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

Season First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
Spring Kwansei Gakuin Kansai Kobe Doshisha Ritsumeikan Kyoto
Fall Kansai Doshisha Kobe Kwansei Gakuin Ritsumeikan Kyoto

[edit] International Baseball

The Joe DiMaggio and Lefty O'Doul All-Stars toured Japan in the fall of 1951. The touring team went 13 - 1 - 2 against Japanese competition.

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