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1955 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)
Yomiuri Giants 130 92 37 1 0.712 0.0 579 291 0.266 1.75 Shigeru Mizuhara
Osaka Tigers 130 71 57 2 0.554 15.0 420 334 0.251 2.49 Ichiro Kishi, Fumio Fujimura
Chunichi Dragons 130 77 52 1 0.596 20.5 423 392 0.238 2.02 Akira Noguchi
Hiroshima Carp 130 58 70 2 0.454 33.5 395 508 0.226 3.29 Katsumi Shiraishi
Kokutetsu Swallows 130 57 71 2 0.446 34.5 424 428 0.228 2.69 Soichi Fujita
Taiyo Whales 130 31 99 0 0.238 61.5 290 578 0.209 3.69 Isamu Fujii

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Nankai Hawks 143 99 41 3 0.703 0.0 606 445 0.249 2.61 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Nishitetsu Lions 144 90 50 4 0.639 9.0 663 471 0.259 2.68 Osamu Mihara
Mainichi Orions 142 85 55 2 0.606 14.0 573 450 0.251 2.46 Kaoru Betto
Hankyu Braves 142 80 60 2 0.570 19.0 589 462 0.268 2.70 Masao Nishimura
Kintetsu Pearls 142 60 80 2 0.430 39.0 510 584 0.252 3.45 Takeo Akuta
Daiei Stars 141 53 87 1 0.379 46.0 410 524 0.228 2.99 Sadayoshi Fujimoto
Toei Flyers 143 51 89 3 0.367 48.0 424 568 0.232 3.18 Koichi Yasui
Tombo Unicorns 141 42 98 1 0.301 57.0 420 691 0.227 3.94 Shinji Hamazaki

[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 .338 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions .332
Runs Takeo Sato Kokutetsu Swallows 77 Roberto Barbon Hankyu Braves 105
Hits Yoshio Yoshida
Tetsuharu Kawakami
Osaka Tigers
Yomiuri Giants
147 Tokuji Iida
Roberto Barbon
Nankai Hawks
Hankyu Braves
163
Doubles Hiroyoshi Komatsubara Kokutetsu Swallows 29 Kazuhiro Yamauchi
Charlie Luis
Mainichi Orions
Mainichi Orions
31
Triples Takashi Iwamoto Yomiuri Giants 10 Roberto Barbon Hankyu Braves 13
Home Runs Yukihiko Machida Kokutetsu Swallows 31 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 35
Runs Batted In Tetsuharu Kawakami Yomiuri Giants 79 Kazuhiro Yamauchi Mainichi Orions 99
Stolen Bases Itsuro Honda Chunichi Dragons 42 Nobushige Morishita Nankai Hawks 59
Walks Tetsuharu Kawakami Yomiuri Giants 69 Kihachi Enomoto Mainichi Orions 87

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Takehiko Bessho Yomiuri Giants 1.33 Takashi Nakagawa Mainichi Orions 2.08
Wins Ryohei Hasegawa
Takumi Otomo
Hiroshima Carp
Yomiuri Giants
30 Motoshi Takuwa Nankai Hawks 24
Losses Masatoshi Gondo Taiyo Whales 21 Yasuo Yonekawa
Victor Starfin
Toei Flyers
Tombo Unions
21
Innings Pitched Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 400.0 Yasuo Yonekawa Toei Flyers 353.1
Appearances Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 62 Motoji Takuwa
Hisafumi Kawamura
Nankai Hawks
Nishitetsu Lions
58
Hits Allowed Ryohei Hasegawa Hiroshima Carp 305 Yasuo Yonekawa Toei Flyers 321
Home Runs Allowed Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 19 Motoji Takuwa Nankai Hawks 23
Strikeouts Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 350 Hisafumi Kawamura Nishitetsu Lions 225
Base-on-Balls Masatoshi Gondo Taiyo Whales 103 Hisafumi Kawamura Nishitetsu Lions 118

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured two games and was a tie one games to one. The first game was played at Osaka 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, 9 - 4.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Nankai Hawks (PL), 4 games to 3. The winning manager was Shigeru Mizuhara and the series MVP was Takehiko Bessho.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1955 Sawamura Award was Takehiko Bessho of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 23 - 8 win-loss record, 152 strikeouts, and a 1.33 ERA in 312.0 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 435 55 147 12 79 17 .338 .425 .460 Did not pitch
PL Tokuji Iida Nankai Hawks OF 525 79 163 14 75 42 .310 .390 .450 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Kazunori Nishimura Osaka Tigers P 97 3 13 0 1 0 .134 .184 .144 22 - 17 295.1 190 11 78 302 2.01
PL Kihachi Enomoto Mainichi Orions 1B 490 84 146 16 67 12 .298 .410 .473 Did not pitch

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1955 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Takehiko Bessho Yomiuri Giants P Taisei Nakamura Nankai Hawks
Jun Hirota Yomiuri Giants C Charlie Luis Mainichi Orions
Tetsuharu Kawakami Yomiuri Giants 1B Kohei Sugiyama Nankai Hawks
Noboru Inoue Chunichi Dragons 2B Isami Okamoto Nankai Hawks
Riichi Kodama Chunichi Dragons 3B Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions
Yoshio Yoshida Osaka Tigers SS Chusuke Kizuka Nankai Hawks
Yukihiko Machida Kokutetsu Swallows OF Tokuji Iida Nankai Hawks
Hiroyuki Watanabe Osaka Tigers Katsuki Tokura Hankyu Braves
Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants Kazuhiro Yamauchi Mainichi Orions

[edit] High School Baseball

The 37th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 1721 schools competing for 23 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Yokkaichi High School (Mie) defeated Sakaide High School (Kagawa) by a score of 4 - 1.

The 27th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 20 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Naniwa High School (Osaka) defeated Kiryu High School (Gumma) by a score of 4 - 3.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1955 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 10 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Meiji University defeated Nihon University by a score of 1 - 0.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The New York Yankees toured Japan in the fall of 1955. The touring team went 15 - 0 - 1 against Japanese competition.

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