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1954 in Japanese baseball

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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

[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)
Chunichi Dragons 130 86 40 4 0.677 0.0 570 376 0.256 2.32 Shunichi Amachi
Taiyo Whales 130 32 96 2 0.254 55.0 385 613 0.227 4.13 Takeo Nagasawa
Osaka Tigers 130 71 57 2 0.554 16.0 569 425 0.266 2.78 Kenjiro Matsuki
Hiroshima Carp 130 56 69 5 0.450 29.5 419 581 0.245 3.81 Katsumi Shiraishi
Kokutetsu Swallows 130 55 73 2 0.431 32.0 434 518 0.258 3.34 Soichi Fujita
Yomiuri Giants 130 82 47 1 0.635 5.5 625 365 0.271 2.38 Shigeru Mizuhara

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Nishitetsu Lions 140 90 47 3 0.654 0.0 560 379 0.256 2.17 Osamu Mihara
Nankai Hawks 140 91 49 0 0.650 0.5 529 417 0.250 2.50 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Mainichi Orions 140 79 57 4 0.579 10.5 550 467 0.236 2.69 Kaoru Betto
Kintetsu Pearls 140 74 63 3 0.539 16.0 530 473 0.247 2.66 Takeo Akuta
Hankyu Braves 140 66 70 4 0.486 23.5 572 547 0.260 3.23 Masao Nishimura
Takahashi Unions 140 53 84 3 0.389 37.0 440 594 0.229 3.43 Shinji Hamazaki
Toei Flyers 140 52 86 2 0.379 38.5 472 619 0.234 3.73 Toshiharu Inokawa
Daiei Stars 140 43 92 5 0.325 46.0 402 589 0.222 3.53 Sadayoshi Fujimoto

[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 Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants .361 Larry Raines Hankyu Braves .337
Runs Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants 93 Larry Raines Hankyu Braves 96
Hits Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants 172 Larry Raines Hankyu Braves 184
Doubles Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants 40 Larry Raines Hankyu Braves 38
Triples Masayasu Kaneda Osaka Tigers 10 Kazuo Kageyama Nankai Hawks 12
Home Runs Noboru Aota Taiyo Whales 31 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 31
Runs Batted In Hiroyuki Watanabe
Satoru Sugiyama
Osaka Tigers
Chunichi Dragons
91 Kazuhiro Yamauchi Mainichi Orions 97
Stolen Bases Yoshio Yoshida Osaka Tigers 51 Takeshi Suzuki Kintetsu Pearls 71
Walks Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants 69 Kazuhiro Yamauchi Hankyu Braves 80

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Shigeru Sugishita Chunichi Dragons 1.39 Motoshi Takuwa Nankai Hawks 1.58
Wins Shigeru Sugishita Chunichi Dragons 32 Motoshi Takuwa
Fumio Tanaka
Nankai Hawks
Kintetsu Pearls
26
Losses Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 23 Takeshi Nomura Takahashi Unions 23
Innings Pitched Shigeru Sugishita Chunichi Dragons 395.1 Motoji Takuwa Nankai Hawks 329.2
Appearances Shigeru Sugishita Chunichi Dragons 63 Hisafumi Kawamura Nishitetsu Lions 61
Hits Allowed Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 290 Takeshi Nomura Takahashi Unions 314
Home Runs Allowed Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 19 Junzo Sekine Kintetsu Pearls 20
Strikeouts Shigeru Sugishita Chunichi Dragons 273 Motoshi Takuwa Nankai Hawks 274
Base-on-Balls Masatoshi Gondo Taiyo Whales 143 Takao Kajimoto Hankyu Braves 118

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured two games and was won by the Pacific League two games to none. The first game was played at Nishinomiya Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 5 - 2. The second game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 1 - 2.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Chunichi Dragons (CL) defeated the Nishitetsu Lions (PL), 4 games to 3. The winning manager was Shunichi Amachi and the series MVP was Shigeru Sugishita.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1954 Sawamura Award was Shigeru Sugishita of the Chunichi Dragons. He had a 32 - 12 win-loss record, 273 strikeouts, and a 1.39 ERA in 395.1 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 Shigeru Sugishita Chunichi Dragons P 135 12 29 0 14 0 .215 .250 .267 32 - 12 395.1 265 9 103 273 1.39
PL Hiroshi Oshita Nishitetsu Lions OF 514 76 165 22 88 11 .321 .384 .537 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Tatsuro Hirooka Yomiuri Giants SS 341 58 107 15 67 9 .314 .409 .513 Did not pitch
PL Motoji Takuwa Nankai Hawks P 104 5 11 1 5 0 .106 .162 .163 26 - 9 329.2 207 9 105 275 1.58

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1954 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Shigeru Sugishita Chunichi Dragons P Sadao Nishimura Nishitetsu Lions
Jun Hirota Yomiuri Giants C Charlie Luis Mainichi Orions
Michio Nishizawa Chunichi Dragons 1B Kozo Kawai Hankyu Braves
Jun Hakota Kokutetsu Swallows 2B Nobushige Morishita Nankai Hawks
Mitsuo Uno Kokutetsu Swallows 3B Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions
Tatsuro Hirooka Yomiuri Giants SS Larry Raines Hankyu Braves
Satoru Sugiyama Chunichi Dragons OF Hiroshi Oshita Nishitetsu Lions
Hiroyuki Watanabe Osaka Tigers Seiji Sekiguchi Nishitetsu Lions
Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants Kazuhiro Yamauchi Mainichi Orions

[edit] High School Baseball

The 36th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 1705 schools competing for 23 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Chukyo High School (Aichi) defeated Shizuoka High School (Shizuoka) by a score of 3 - 0.

The 26th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 19 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Iida Osahime High School (Nagano) defeated Kokura High School (Fukuoka) by a score of 1 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1954 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 9 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Meiji University defeated Ritsumeikan University by a score of 7 - 1.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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