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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

On June 25, the Emperor's Game between Osaka Tigers and the Yomiuri Giants occurs at Korakuen Stadium. Giants' rookie Sadaharu Oh hits a 2-run home run in the seventh to tie the game at 4 and then in the bottom of the ninth Shigeo Nagashima wins the game for them by hitting a sayonara home run. This comeback occured on national television as the Emperor and the empress were in attendance. The two home runs were the first by the O-N gun.

[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 48 5 0.612 0.0 551 382 0.245 2.54 Shigeru Mizuhara
Osaka Tigers 130 62 59 9 0.512 13.0 358 362 0.237 2.37 Yoshio Tanaka
Chunichi Dragons 130 64 61 5 0.512 13.0 477 428 0.237 2.77 Shigeru Sugishita
Kokutetsu Swallows 130 63 65 2 0.492 15.5 422 491 0.230 3.19 Mitsuo Uno
Hiroshima Carp 130 59 64 7 0.481 17.0 404 414 0.218 2.62 Katsumi Shiraishi
Taiyo Whales 130 49 77 4 0.392 28.5 352 514 0.214 3.47 Shigeo Mori

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Nankai Hawks 134 88 42 4 0.672 0.0 574 408 0.265 2.44 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Daimai Orions 136 82 48 6 0.625 6.0 559 447 0.255 2.76 Kaoru Betto
Toei Flyers 135 67 63 5 0.515 21.0 490 483 0.242 2.98 Yoshiyuki Iwamoto
Nishitetsu Lions 144 66 64 14 0.507 22.0 494 459 0.236 2.66 Osamu Mihara
Hankyu Braves 134 48 82 4 0.373 40.0 387 510 0.222 3.26 Sadayoshi Fujimoto, Katsuki Tokura
Kintetsu Buffaloes 133 39 91 3 0.305 49.0 381 578 0.229 3.68 Shigeru Chiba

[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 Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants .334 Kohei Sugiyama Nankai Hawks .323
Runs Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 88 Yoshinori Hirose Nankai Hawks 86
Hits Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 150 Takao Katsuragi Daimai Orions 163
Doubles Akira Owada Hiroshima Carp 34 Kazuhiro Yamauchi
Kenjiro Tamiya
Daimai Orions
Daimai Orions
32
Triples Kazuhiko Sakazaki Yomiuri Giants 9 Junzo Sekine
Norifumi Kido
Kintetsu Buffaloes
Nishitetsu Lions
9
Home Runs Takeshi Kuwata
Toru Mori
Taiyo Whales
Chunichi Dragons
31 Kazuhiro Yamauchi Daimai Orions 25
Runs Batted In Toru Mori Chunichi Dragons 87 Takao Katsuragi Daimai Orions 95
Stolen Bases Hiroharu Okajima Chunichi Dragons 41 Roberto Barbon Hankyu Braves 38
Walks Hiroharu Okajima Chunichi Dragons 79 Yasumitsu Toyoda Nishitetsu Lions 78

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Minoru Murayama Osaka Tigers 1.19 Tadashi Sugiura Nankai Hawks 1.40
Wins Motoshi Fujita Yomiuri Giants 27 Tadashi Sugiura Nankai Hawks 38
Losses Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 22 Tetsuya Yoneda Hankyu Braves 24
Innings Pitched Masaaki Ogawa Osaka Tigers 344.0 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 402.1
Appearances Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 58 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 75
Hits Allowed Yoshio Kitagawa Kokutetsu Swallows 274 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 300
Home Runs Allowed Masaichi Kaneda
Noboru Akiyama
Kokutetsu Swallows
Taiyo Whales
26 Masayuki Dobashi Toei Flyers 23
Strikeouts Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 313 Tadashi Sugiura Nankai Hawks 336
Base-on-Balls Yasushi Kodama Chunichi Dragons 106 Shoichi Ono Daimai Orions 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 Nishinomiya Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 9 - 0. The second game was played at Osaka Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 6 - 4.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Nankai Hawks (PL) defeated the Yomiuri Giants (CL), 4 games to 0. The winning manager was Kazuto Tsuruoka and the series MVP was Tadashi Sugiura.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1959 Sawamura Award was Minoru Murayama of the Osaka Tigers. He had a 18 - 10 win-loss record, 294 strikeouts, and a 1.19 ERA in 295.1 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 108 8 10 1 7 1 .093 .123 .139 27 - 11 330.0 250 14 93 181 1.83
PL Tadashi Sugiura Nankai Hawks P 120 9 22 0 8 0 .183 .240 .208 38 - 4 371.1 245 17 35 336 1.41
Rookie of the Year CL Takeshi Kuwata Taiyo Whales 3B 435 64 117 31 84 25 .269 .359 .543 Did not pitch
PL Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers OF 418 48 115 13 57 10 .275 .328 .435 Did not pitch

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1959 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Motoshi Fujita Yomiuri Giants P Tadashi Sugiura Nankai Hawks
Shigeru Fujio Yomiuri Giants C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Katsumi Fujimoto Osaka Tigers 1B Kihachi Enomoto Daimai Orions
Masataka Tsuchiya Yomiuri Giants 2B Isami Okamoto Nankai Hawks
Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B Takao Katsuragi Daimai Orions
Yoshio Yoshida Osaka Tigers SS Yasumitsu Toyoda Nishitetsu Lions
Toru Mori Chunichi Dragons OF Seiji Sekiguchi Nishitetsu Lions
Akira Owada Hiroshima Toyo Carp Kohei Sugiyama Nankai Hawks
Kazuhiko Sakazaki Yomiuri Giants Teruyuki Takakura Nishitetsu Lions

[edit] High School Baseball

The 41st National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 1864 schools competing for 29 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Saijo High School (Ehime) defeated Utsunomiya Kougyou High School (Tochigi) by a score of 8 - 2.

The 31st National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 23 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Chukyo High School (Aichi) defeated Gifu High School (Gifu) by a score of 3 - 2.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1959 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 10 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Waseda University defeated Kansei Gakuin University by a score of 4 - 3.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

The Kokugakuin club did not participate in the spring season.

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] Hall of Fame

The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in its first class.

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