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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

The first television broadcast of games occurs. Leo Kiely, who pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 1951, becomes the first former major league player to appear in NPB when he plays for the Mainichi Orions while performing his military service in Japan. He will return to the major leagues in 1954.

[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 125 87 37 1 0.700 0.0 667 392 0.283 2.48 Shigeru Mizuhara
Osaka Tigers 130 74 56 0 0.569 16.0 607 474 0.270 3.15 Kenjiro Matsuki
Nagoya Dragons 130 70 57 3 0.550 18.5 524 508 0.251 3.24 Michinori Tsubouchi
Hiroshima Carp 130 53 75 2 0.415 36.0 507 634 0.242 4.00 Shuichi Ishimoto, Katsumi Shiraishi
Taiyo Shochiku Robins 130 52 77 1 0.404 37.5 467 622 0.246 4.10 Tokuro Konishi
Kokutetsu Swallows 125 45 79 1 0.364 42.0 380 525 0.235 3.36 Norio Nishigaki

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Nankai Hawks 120 71 48 1 0.596 0.0 541 433 0.265 3.02 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Hankyu Braves 120 67 52 1 0.563 4.0 488 403 0.258 2.68 Shinji Hamazaki
Daiei Stars 120 63 53 4 0.542 6.5 405 392 0.237 2.67 Sadayoshi Fujimoto
Nishitetsu Lions 120 57 61 2 0.483 13.5 487 477 0.253 3.05 Osamu Mihara
Mainichi Orions 120 56 62 2 0.475 14.5 455 459 0.252 3.13 Tadashi Wakabayashi
Tokyu Flyers 120 50 67 3 0.429 20.0 360 480 0.220 3.26 Toshiharu Inokawa
Kintetsu Pearls 120 48 69 3 0.413 22.0 369 461 0.246 2.93 Takeo Akuta

[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 Isami Okamoto Nankai Hawks .318
Runs Saburo Hirai Yomiuri Giants 97 Futoshi Nakanishi
Larry Raines
Nishitetsu Lions
Hankyu Braves
92
Hits Tetsuharu Kawakami Yomiuri Giants 162 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 146
Doubles Makoto Kozuru
Takao Sato
Taiyo-Shochiku Robins
Kokutetsu Swallows
32 Tokuji Iida Nankai Hawks 36
Triples Masayasu Kaneda Osaka Tigers 11 Larry Raines Hankyu Braves 16
Home Runs Fumio Fujimura Osaka Tigers 27 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 36
Runs Batted In Fumio Fujimura Osaka Tigers 98 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 86
Stolen Bases Jiro Kaneyama Taiyo-Shochiku Robins 58 Larry Raines Hankyu Braves 61
Walks Masayasu Kaneda Osaka Tigers 87 Kazuo Kageyama Nankai Hawks 70

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Takumi Otomo Yomiuri Giants 1.85 Tokuji Kawasaki Nishitetsu Lions 1.98
Wins Takumi Otomo Yomiuri Giants 27 Tokuji Kawasaki Nishitetsu Lions 24
Losses Yoshiaki Inoue Kokutetsu Swallows 26 Yasuo Yonekawa Tokyu Flyers 21
Innings Pitched Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 303.2 Tokuji Kawasaki Nishitetsu Lions 294.1
Appearances Shozo Watanabe Osaka Tigers 54 Atsushi Aramaki Mainichi Orions 50
Hits Allowed Yoshio Bizen Hiroshima Carp 282 Giichi Hayashi Daiei Stars 260
Home Runs Allowed Tadayoshi Kajioka
Hiroyoshi Takano
Osaka Tigers
Taiyo Whales
19 Giichi Hayashi Daiei Stars 13
Strikeouts Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 229 Yasuo Yonekawa Tokyu Flyers 180
Base-on-Balls Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 135 Taketoshi Ogami Nankai Hawks 101

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Pacific League two games to one. The first game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 2 - 0. The second game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 2 - 0. The third game was played at Chunichi Stadium and was won by the PL, 3 - 0.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Nankai Hawks (PL), 4 games to 2 with one tie. It was the Giants' third consecutive title, with all three being won over the Hawks. The winning manager was Shigeru Mizuhara and the series MVP was Tetsuharu Kawakami.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1953 Sawamura Award was Takumi Otomo of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 27 - 6 win-loss record, 173 strikeouts, and a 1.85 ERA in 281.1 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 Takumi Otomo Yomiuri Giants P 102 15 26 0 6 0 .255 .262 .314 27 - 6 281.1 199 13 63 173 1.85
PL Isami Okamoto Nankai Hawks 2B 450 71 143 19 77 30 .318 .372 .502 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Masatoshi Gondo Taiyo Shochiku Robins P 73 4 17 0 3 0 .233 .233 .260 15 - 12 220.2 179 12 105 170 2.77
PL Yasumitsu Toyoda Nishitetsu Lions SS 402 64 113 27 59 25 .281 .337 .537 Did not pitch

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1953 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Takumi Otomo Yomiuri Giants P Tokuji Kawasaki Nishitetsu Lions
Jun Hirota Yomiuri Giants C Jun Matsui Nankai Hawks
Tetsuharu Kawakami Yomiuri Giants 1B Tokuji Iida Nankai Hawks
Shigeru Chiba Yomiuri Giants 2B Isami Okamoto Nankai Hawks
Alan Yogi Osaka Tigers 3B Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions
Saburo Hirai Yomiuri Giants SS Chusuke Kizuka Nankai Hawks
Masayasu Kaneda Osaka Tigers OF Kaoru Betto Mainichi Orions
Yuko Minamimura Yomiuri Giants Kazuo Horii Nankai Hawks
Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants Hiroshi Oshita Nishitetsu Lions

[edit] High School Baseball

The 35th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 1701 schools competing for 23 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Matsuyama High School (Ehime) defeated Tosa High School (Kochi) by a score of 3 - 2.

The 25th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 19 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Sumoto High School (Hyogo) defeated Naniwa High School (Osaka) by a score of 4 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1953 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 9 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Rikkyo University defeated Chuo University by a score of 6 - 2.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The Eddie Lopat All-Stars toured Japan in the fall of 1953. The touring team went 11 - 1 - 0 against Japanese competition. The New York Giants toured Japan in the fall of 1953. The touring team went 12 - 1 - 1 against Japanese competition

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