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1956 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 82 44 4 0.646 0.0 568 351 0.258 2.08 Shigeru Mizuhara
Osaka Tigers 130 79 50 1 0.612 4.5 386 283 0.224 1.77 Fumio Fujimura
Chunichi Dragons 130 74 56 0 0.569 10.0 369 319 0.228 2.03 Akira Noguchi
Kokutetsu Swallows 130 61 65 4 0.485 21.0 346 405 0.218 2.64 Mitsuo Uno
Hiroshima Carp 130 45 82 3 0.358 37.5 344 491 0.213 3.04 Katsumi Shiraishi
Taiyo Whales 130 43 87 0 0.331 41.0 319 483 0.208 3.15 Masami Sakohata

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Nishitetsu Lions 154 96 51 7 0.646 0.0 611 372 0.254 1.87 Osamu Mihara
Nankai Hawks 154 96 52 6 0.643 0.5 612 457 0.250 2.23 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Hankyu Braves 154 88 64 2 0.578 10.5 581 459 0.238 2.38 Masao Nishimura
Mainichi Orions 154 84 66 4 0.558 13.5 530 477 0.235 2.40 Kaoru Betto
Kintetsu Pearls 154 68 82 4 0.455 29.5 495 583 0.226 3.17 Takeo Akuta
Toei Flyers 154 58 92 4 0.390 39.5 411 558 0.216 2.86 Yoshiyuki Iwamoto
Daiei Stars 154 57 94 3 0.380 41.0 433 559 0.227 2.89 Sadayoshi Fujimoto, Kenjiro Matsuki
Takahashi Unions 154 52 98 4 0.351 45.5 403 611 0.214 3.26 Kazuo Kasahara

[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 .338 Yasumitsu Toyoda Nishitetsu Lions .325
Runs Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants 86 Roberto Barbon Hankyu Braves 94
Hits Tetsuharu Kawakami Yomiuri Giants 160 Shinya Sasaki Takahashi Unions 180
Doubles Kenjiro Tamiya Osaka Tigers 33 Kazuhiro Yamauchi Mainichi Orions 47
Triples Jun Hakota Kokutetsu Swallows 13 Seiji Sekiguchi Nishitetsu Lions 13
Home Runs Noboru Aota Taiyo Whales 25 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 29
Runs Batted In Toshio Miyamoto Yomiuri Giants 69 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 95
Stolen Bases Yoshio Yoshida Osaka Tigers 50 Akiteru Kono Hankyu Braves 85
Walks Toshiichi Kodama Chunichi Dragons 73 Kihachi Enomoto Mainichi Orions 95

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Seizo Watanabe Osaka Tigers 1.45 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 1.06
Wins Takehiko Bessho Yomiuri Giants 27 Masayoshi Miura Daiei Stars 29
Losses Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 25 Yasuo Yonekawa Toei Flyers 21
Innings Pitched Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 379.2 Yukio Shimabara Nishitetsu Lions 373.2
Appearances Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 68 Yukio Shimabara Nishitetsu Lions 74
Hits Allowed Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 290 Takao Kajimoto Hankyu Braves 284
Home Runs Allowed Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 24 Takao Nakano Takahashi Unions 17
Strikeouts Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 316 Takao Kajimoto Hankyu Braves 327
Base-on-Balls Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 136 Takao Kajimoto Hankyu Braves 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 Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 8 - 0. The second game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 2 - 0.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Nishitetsu Lions (PL) defeated the Yomiuri Giants (CL), 4 games to 2. The winning manager was Osamu Mihara and the series MVP was Yasumitsu Toyoda.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1956 Sawamura Award was Masaichi Kaneda of the Kokutetsu Swallows. He had a 25 - 20 win-loss record, 316 strikeouts, and a 1.74 ERA in 367.1 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 Takehiko Bessho Yomiuri Giants P 115 12 28 1 10 0 .243 .252 .296 27 - 15 340.1 282 11 60 185 1.93
PL Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 3B 462 74 150 29 95 15 .325 .393 .593 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales P 129 9 15 3 9 0 .116 .135 .217 25 - 25 379.2 290 24 136 266 2.39
PL Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions P 89 6 20 0 8 0 .225 .250 .292 21 - 6 262.1 153 2 73 182 1.06

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1956 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Takehiko Bessho Yomiuri Giants P Takao Kajimoto Hankyu Braves
Shigeru Fujio Yomiuri Giants C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Tetsuharu Kawakami Yomiuri Giants 1B Kihachi Enomoto Mainichi Orions
Noboru Inoue Chunichi Dragons 2B Shinya Sasaki Takahashi Unions
Riichi Kodama Chunichi Dragons 3B Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions
Yoshio Yoshida Osaka Tigers SS Yasumitsu Toyoda Nishitetsu Lions
Noboru Aota Taiyo Whales OF Kohei Sugiyama Nankai Hawks
Kenjiro Tamiya Osaka Tigers Katsuki Tokura Hankyu Braves
Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants Kazuhiro Yamauchi Mainichi Orions

[edit] High School Baseball

The 38th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 1739 schools competing for 23 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Heian High School (Kyoto) defeated Gifu High School (Gifu) by a score of 3 - 2.

The 28th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 20 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Chukyo High School (Aichi) defeated Gifu High School (Gifu) by a score of 4 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1956 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 10 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Kansai University defeated Nihon University by a score of 2 - 1.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

Season League First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
Spring 1 Nihon Chuo Senshu Tokyo Agriculture Komazawa Gakushuin
2 Shibaura Tech Meiji Gakuin Aoyama Gakuin Kokugakuin Seikei Toyo
Fall 1 Nihon Chuo Senshu Gakushuin Tokyo Agriculture Komazawa
2 Aoyama Gakuin Kokugakuin Shibaura Tech Seikei Meiji Gakuin Toyo

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The Brooklyn Dodgers toured Japan in the fall of 1956. The touring team went 14 - 4 - 1 against Japanese competition.

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