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1961 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 71 53 6 0.569 0.0 435 383 0.227 2.50 Tetsuharu Kawakami
Chunichi Dragons 130 72 56 2 0.562 1.0 427 385 0.241 2.48 Wataru Nonin
Kokutetsu Swallows 130 67 60 3 0.527 5.5 387 361 0.228 2.29 Kuninobu Sunaoshi
Hanshin Tigers 130 60 67 3 0.473 12.5 405 411 0.244 2.60 Masayasu Kaneda, Sadayoshi Fujimoto
Hiroshima Carp 130 58 67 5 0.465 13.5 417 464 0.239 3.11 Masato Monzen
Taiyo Whales 130 50 75 5 0.404 21.5 418 485 0.236 3.10 Osamu Mihara

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Nankai Hawks 140 85 49 6 0.629 0.0 613 484 0.262 2.96 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Toei Flyers 140 83 52 5 0.611 2.5 614 442 0.264 2.39 Shigeru Mizuhara
Nishitetsu Lions 140 81 56 3 0.589 5.5 545 485 0.249 2.83 Tokuji Kawasaki
Daimai Orions 140 72 66 2 0.521 15.0 601 529 0.258 3.23 Mitsuo Uno
Hankyu Braves 140 53 84 3 0.389 33.5 411 574 0.225 3.56 Katsuki Tokura
Kintetsu Buffaloes 140 36 103 1 0.261 51.5 421 691 0.229 3.96 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 .353 Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers .336
Runs Toshio Naka Chunichi Dragons 88 Akio Saionji Toei Flyers 97
Hits Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 158 Kihachi Enomoto Daimai Orions 180
Doubles Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 32 Akitoshi Kodama Kintetsu Buffalo 42
Triples Toshio Naka Chunichi Dragons 11 Shoichi Busujima Toei Flyers 11
Home Runs Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 28 Katsuya Nomura
Masahiro Nakada
Nankai Hawks
Hankyu Braves
29
Runs Batted In Takeshi Kuwata Taiyo Whales 94 Kazuhiro Yamauchi Daimai Orions 112
Stolen Bases Kazuhiko Kondo Taiyo Whales 35 Yoshinori Hirose Nankai Hawks 42
Walks Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 88 Yasumitsu Toyoda Nishitetsu Lions 87

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Hiroshi Gondo Chunichi Dragons 1.70 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 1.69
Wins Hiroshi Gondo Chunichi Dragons 35 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 42
Losses Masaaki Koyama Hanshin Tigers 22 Toshiaki Tokuhisa Kintetsu Buffalo 24
Innings Pitched Hiroshi Gondo Chunichi Dragons 429.1 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 404.0
Appearances Hiroshi Gondo
Taiyo
Chunichi Dragons
Taiyo Whales
69 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 78
Hits Allowed Hiroshi Gondo Chunichi Dragons 321 Masayuki Dobashi Toei Flyers 313
Home Runs Allowed Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 27 Tetsuya Yoneda Hankyu Braves 27
Strikeouts Hiroshi Gondo Chunichi Dragons 310 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 353
Base-on-Balls Kiyoshi Oishi Hiroshima Carp 100 Shoichi Ono Daimai Orions 97

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured two games and was won by the Pacific League two games to none. The first game was played at Chunichi Stadium and was won by the PL, 3 - 0. The second game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 4 - 2.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Nankai Hawks (PL), 4 games to 2. The winning manager was Tetsuharu Kawakami and the series MVP was Toshio Miyamoto.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1961 Sawamura Award was Hiroshi Gondo of the Chunichi Dragons. He had a 35 - 19 win-loss record, 310 strikeouts, and a 1.70 ERA in 429.1 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 Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B 448 84 158 28 86 14 .353 .456 .652 Did not pitch
PL Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks C 494 70 146 29 89 8 .296 .367 .514 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Hiroshi Gondo Chunichi Dragons P 144 18 31 1 8 1 .215 .247 .285 35 - 19 429.1 321 20 70 310 1.70
PL Toshiaki Tokuhisa Kintetsu Buffaloes P 66 4 7 0 2 0 .106 .145 .136 15 - 24 209.1 205 18 57 170 3.27

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1961 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Hiroshi Gondo Chunichi Dragons P Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions
Masaaki Mori Yomiuri Giants C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Katsumi Fujimoto Hanshin Tigers 1B Kihachi Enomoto Daimai Orions
Masataka Tsuchiya Kokutetsu Swallows 2B Nobushige Morishita Nankai Hawks
Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B Futoshi Nakanishi Nishitetsu Lions
Akiteru Kono Chunichi Dragons SS Yasumitsu Toyoda Nishitetsu Lions
Shinichi Eto Chunichi Dragons OF Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers
Kazuhiko Kondo Taiyo Whales Kenjiro Tamiya Daimai Orions
Katsuya Morinaga Hiroshima Carp Kazuhiro Yamauchi Daimai Orions

[edit] High School Baseball

The 43rd National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 1941 schools competing for 30 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Nami High School (Osaka) defeated Touin High School (Wakayama) by a score of 1 - 0.

The 33rd National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 23 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Hosei Number Two High School (Kanagawa) defeated Takamatsu High School (Kagawa) by a score of 4 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1961 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 10 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Nihon University defeated Kansai University by a score of 10 - 2.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] Hall of Fame

There was no one elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in this year.

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