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1958 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 77 52 1 0.596 0.0 521 370 0.253 2.37 Shigeru Mizuhara
Osaka Tigers 130 72 58 0 0.554 5.5 444 387 0.239 2.55 Yoshio Tanaka
Chunichi Dragons 130 66 59 5 0.527 9.0 423 381 0.233 2.40 Shunichi Amachi
Kokutetsu Swallows 130 58 68 4 0.462 17.5 359 478 0.223 3.10 Mitsuo Uno
Hiroshima Carp 130 54 68 8 0.446 19.5 407 459 0.222 2.92 Katsumi Shiraishi
Taiyo Whales 130 51 73 6 0.415 23.5 357 436 0.215 2.75 Masami Sakohata

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Nishitetsu Lions 130 78 47 5 0.619 0.0 511 370 0.243 2.37 Osamu Mihara
Nankai Hawks 130 77 48 5 0.612 1.0 543 414 0.248 2.53 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Hankyu Braves 130 73 51 6 0.585 4.5 437 392 0.234 2.54 Sadayoshi Fujimoto
Daimai Orions 130 62 63 5 0.496 16.0 435 440 0.240 2.79 Kaoru Betto
Toei Flyers 130 57 70 3 0.450 22.0 419 442 0.237 2.70 Yoshiyuki Iwamoto
Kintetsu Pearls 130 29 97 4 0.238 49.5 326 613 0.215 4.04 Hisayuki Kato

[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 Kenjiro Tamiya Osaka Tigers .320 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions .314
Runs Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 89 Yoshinori Hirose Nankai Hawks 82
Hits Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 153 Takao Katsuragi Daimai Orions 147
Doubles Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 34 Yoshinori Hirose Nankai Hawks 36
Triples Kenjiro Tamiya Osaka Tigers 9 Roberto Barbon
Kingo Motoyashiki
Hankyu Braves
Hankyu Braves
10
Home Runs Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 22 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 23
Runs Batted In Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 92 Takao Katsuragi Daimai Orions 85
Stolen Bases Hiroharu Okajima Chunichi Dragons 47 Roberto Barbon Hankyu Braves 38
Walks Hiroharu Okajima Chunichi Dragons 84 Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions 60

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 1.30 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 1.42
Wins Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 31 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 33
Losses Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 23 Mamoru Ozu Kintetsu Pearls 22
Innings Pitched Motoji Fujita
Noboru Akiyama
Yomiuri Giants
Taiyo Whales
359.0 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 373.0
Appearances Genichi Murata
Noboru Akiyama
Kokutetsu Swallows
Taiyo Whales
58 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 72
Hits Allowed Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 287 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 269
Home Runs Allowed Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 30 Takao Kajimoto
Masayuki Dobashi
Hankyu Braves
Toei Flyers
18
Strikeouts Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 311 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 334
Base-on-Balls Motoji Fujita Yomiuri Giants 114 Takao Kajimoto Hankyu Braves 79

[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 Heiwadai Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 5 - 2. The second game was played at Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 8 - 3.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Nishitetsu Lions (PL) defeated the Yomiuri Giants (CL), 4 games to 3. The Lions rallied back from on 0-3 deficit to take the title. It was the Lions' third consecutive title, with all three being won over the Giants. The winning manager was Osamu Mihara and the series MVP was Kazuhisa Inao.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1958 Sawamura Award was Masaichi Kaneda of the Kokutetsu Swallows. He had a 31 - 14 win-loss record, 311 strikeouts, and a 1.30 ERA in 332.1 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 Motoshi Fujita Yomiuri Giants P 110 6 14 0 4 0 .127 .165 .173 29 - 13 359.0 251 11 114 199 1.53
PL Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions P 148 14 35 4 14 1 .236 .250 .365 33 - 10 373.0 269 8 76 334 1.42
Rookie of the Year CL Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B 502 89 153 28 92 37 .305 .353 .572 Did not pitch
PL Tadashi Sugiura Nankai Hawks P 110 6 15 0 11 0 .136 .158 .164 27 - 12 299.0 235 11 72 215 2.05

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1958 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 Stanley Hashimoto Toei Flyers
Noboru Inoue Chunichi Dragons 2B Chico Barbon Hankyu Braves
Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions
Yoshio Yoshida Osaka Tigers SS Takao Katsuragi Daimai Orions
Toru Mori Chunichi Dragons OF Shoichi Busujima Toei Flyers
Kenjiro Tamiya Osaka Tigers Seiji Sekiguchi Nishitetsu Lions
Wally Yonamine Yomiuri Giants Kohei Sugiyama Nankai Hawks

[edit] High School Baseball

The 40th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 1807 schools competing for 47 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Yanai High School (Yamaguchi) defeated Tokushima High School (Tokushima) by a score of 7 - 0.

The 30th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 23 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Seisei Kou High School (Kumamoto) defeated Chukyo High School (Aichi) by a score of 7 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1958 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 10 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Rikkyo University defeated Chuo University by a score of 4 - 3.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The St. Louis Cardinals toured Japan in the fall of 1958. The touring team went 12 - 2 - 0 against Japanese competition.

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