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1957 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 74 53 3 0.581 0.0 471 393 0.241 2.39 Shigeru Mizuhara
Osaka Tigers 130 73 54 3 0.573 1.0 462 375 0.240 2.38 Fumio Fujimura
Chunichi Dragons 130 70 57 3 0.550 4.0 404 347 0.219 2.26 Shunichi Amachi
Kokutetsu Swallows 130 58 68 4 0.462 15.5 418 425 0.226 2.74 Mitsuo Uno
Hiroshima Carp 130 54 75 1 0.419 21.0 352 436 0.214 2.78 Katsumi Shiraishi
Taiyo Whales 130 52 74 4 0.415 21.5 355 486 0.229 3.10 Masami Sakohata

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Nishitetsu Lions 132 83 44 5 0.648 0.0 546 370 0.255 2.15 Osamu Mihara
Nankai Hawks 132 78 53 1 0.595 7.0 551 424 0.252 2.68 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Mainichi Orions 132 75 52 5 0.587 8.0 477 435 0.239 2.47 Kaoru Betto
Hankyu Braves 132 71 55 6 0.561 11.5 474 409 0.231 2.41 Sadayoshi Fujimoto
Toei Flyers 132 56 73 3 0.436 28.0 371 451 0.227 2.80 Yoshiyuki Iwamoto
Kintetsu Pearls 132 44 82 6 0.356 38.5 390 522 0.225 3.22 Takeo Akuta
Daiei Unicorns 132 41 89 2 0.318 43.5 377 575 0.213 3.63 Kenjiro Matsuki

[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 .343 Kazuhiro Miyauchi Mainichi Orions .331
Runs Hiroharu Okajima Chunichi Dragons 71 Yasumitsu Toyoda Nishitetsu Lions 92
Hits Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants 160 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 154
Doubles Hideshi Miyake Osaka Tigers 31 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 31
Triples Kenjiro Tamiya Osaka Tigers 8 Shoichi Busujima Toei Flyers 13
Home Runs Noboru Aota
Takao Sato
Taiyo Whales
Kokutetsu Swallows
22 Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks 30
Runs Batted In Toshio Miyamoto Yomiuri Giants 78 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 100
Stolen Bases Tokuji Iida Kokutetsu Swallows 40 Akiteru Kono Hankyu Braves 56
Walks Hiroharu Okajima Chunichi Dragons 69 Kenichiro Okamoto Hankyu Braves 74

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 1.63 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 1.37
Wins Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 28 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 35
Losses Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 27 Masayoshi Miura Daiei Unions 21
Innings Pitched Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 406.0 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 373.2
Appearances Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 65 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 68
Hits Allowed Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 319 Takao Kajimoto Hankyu Braves 259
Home Runs Allowed Noboru Akiyama
Masahiko Oishi
Taiyo Whales
Taiyo Whales
21 Tamotsu Kimura Nankai Hawks 23
Strikeouts Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 312 Takao Kajimoto Hankyu Braves 301
Base-on-Balls Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 116 Noburu Makino Toei Flyers 93

[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 Chunichi Stadium and was won by the PL, 5 - 2. The second game was played at Chunichi Stadium and was won by the CL, 5 - 4.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Nishitetsu Lions (PL) defeated the Yomiuri Giants (CL), 4 games to 0 with one tie. The winning manager was Osamu Mihara and the series MVP was Hiroshi Oshita.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1957 Sawamura Award was Masaichi Kaneda of the Kokutetsu Swallows. He had a 28 - 16 win-loss record, 306 strikeouts, and a 1.63 ERA in 353.0 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 Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants OF 467 55 160 12 48 10 .343 .386 .493 Did not pitch
PL Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions P 134 10 26 1 9 0 .194 .250 .261 35 - 6 373.2 243 14 76 288 1.37
Rookie of the Year CL Motoshi Fujita Yomiuri Giants P 77 4 10 0 5 0 .130 .141 .130 17 - 13 235.2 190 10 80 156 2.48
PL Tamotsu Kimura Nankai Hawks P 61 5 8 0 3 0 .131 .232 .148 21 - 11 222.2 175 23 56 122 2.47

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1957 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows P Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions
Shigeru Fujio Yomiuri Giants C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Tetsuharu Kawakami Yomiuri Giants 1B Kenichiro Okamoto Hankyu Braves
Noboru Inoue Chunichi Dragons 2B Isami Okamoto Nankai Hawks
Hideshi Miyake Osaka Tigers 3B Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions
Yoshio Yoshida Osaka Tigers SS Yasumitsu Toyoda Nishitetsu Lions
Noboru Aota Taiyo Whales OF Shoichi Busujima Toei Flyers
Kenjiro Tamiya Osaka Tigers Hiroshi Oshita Nishitetsu Lions
Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants Kazuhiro Yamauchi Mainichi Orions

[edit] High School Baseball

The 39th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 1769 schools competing for 23 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Hiroshima High School (Hiroshima) defeated Hosei Number Two High School (Kanagawa) by a score of 3 - 1.

The 29th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 20 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Waseda Jitsugyo High School (Tokyo) defeated Kochi High School (Kochi) by a score of 5 - 3.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1957 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 10 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Rikkyo University defeated Senshu University by a score of 5 - 0.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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