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1962 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)
Hanshin Tigers 133 75 55 3 0.575 0.0 386 330 0.223 2.03 Sadayoshi Fujimoto
Taiyo Whales 134 71 59 4 0.545 4.0 428 438 0.242 2.73 Osamu Mihara
Chunichi Dragons 133 70 60 3 0.538 5.0 469 407 0.249 2.68 Wataru Nonin
Yomiuri Giants 134 67 63 4 0.515 8.0 452 395 0.232 2.47 Tetsuharu Kawakami
Hiroshima Carp 134 56 74 4 0.433 19.0 436 493 0.239 3.30 Masato Monzen
Kokutetsu Swallows 134 51 79 4 0.396 24.0 313 421 0.201 2.61 Kuninobu Sunaoshi

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Toei Flyers 133 78 52 3 0.598 0.0 539 416 0.252 2.42 Shigeru Mizuhara
Nankai Hawks 133 73 57 3 0.560 5.0 580 510 0.253 3.27 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Nishitetsu Lions 136 62 68 6 0.478 16.0 483 489 0.245 3.00 Futoshi Nakanishi
Daimai Orions 132 60 70 2 0.462 18.0 552 571 0.268 3.71 Mitsuo Uno
Hankyu Braves 131 60 70 1 0.462 18.0 451 517 0.229 3.36 Katsuki Tokura
Kintetsu Buffaloes 131 57 73 1 0.439 21.0 464 566 0.252 3.40 Kaoru Betto

[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 Katsuya Morinaga Hiroshima Carp .307 Jack Bloomfield Kintetsu Buffaloes .374
Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 79 Yoshinori Hirose Nankai Hawks 99
Hits Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 151 Kihachi Enomoto Daimai Orions 160
Doubles Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 38 Kazuhiro Yamauchi
Hiroharu Okajima
Daimai Orions
Hankyu Braves
38
Triples Toshio Naka Chunichi Dragons 10 Shoichi Busujima Toei Flyers 11
Home Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 38 Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks 44
Runs Batted In Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 85 Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks 104
Stolen Bases Akiteru Kono Chunichi Dragons 26 Yoshinori Hirose Nankai Hawks 50
Walks Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 72 Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers 86

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Minoru Murayama Hanshin Tigers 1.20 Osamu Kubota Toei Flyers 2.12
Wins Hiroshi Gondo Chunichi Dragons 30 Yukihiro Kubo Kintetsu Buffaloes 28
Losses Kiyoshi Oishi Hiroshima Carp 18 Tsutomu Kuroda Kintetsu Buffaloes 23
Innings Pitched Minoru Murayama Hanshin Tigers 366.1 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 320.2
Appearances Noboru Akiyama Taiyo Whales 72 Yukihiro Kubo Kintetsu Buffaloes 66
Hits Allowed Hiroshi Gondo Chunichi Dragons 307 Yukihiro Kubo Kintetsu Buffaloes 294
Home Runs Allowed Kiyoshi Oishi Hiroshima Carp 30 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 27
Strikeouts Masaaki Koyama Hanshin Tigers 270 Tetsuya Yoneda Hankyu Braves 231
Base-on-Balls Kiyoshi Oishi Hiroshima Carp 100 Shoichi Ono Daimai Orions 85

[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 Heiwadai Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 7 - 0. The second game was played at Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 5 - 4.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Toei Flyers (PL) defeated the Hanshin Tigers (CL), 4 games to 2 with one tie. The winning manager was Shigeru Mizuhara and the series MVPs were Masayuki Dobashi and Masayuki Tanemo.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1962 Sawamura Award was Masaaki Koyama of the Hanshin Tigers. He had a 27 - 11 win-loss record, 270 strikeouts, and a 1.66 ERA in 352.2 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 Minoru Murayama Hanshin Tigers P 116 3 14 0 4 0 .121 .149 .138 25 - 14 366.1 261 17 55 265 1.20
PL Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers OF 472 89 157 31 99 23 .333 .435 .597 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Kunio Jonouchi Yomiuri Giants P 88 8 12 1 4 0 .136 .174 .193 24 - 12 280.2 207 11 62 173 2.21
PL Yukio Ozaki Toei Flyers P 65 2 9 0 3 0 .138 .162 .138 20 - 9 207.2 170 10 63 196 2.42

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1962 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Minoru Murayama Hanshin Tigers P Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions
Masaaki Mori Yomiuri Giants C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Kihachi Enomoto Daimai Orions
Yoshitaka Sato Hiroshima Carp 2B Jack Bloomfield Kintetsu Buffaloes
Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B Akitoshi Kodama Kintetsu Buffaloes
Yoshio Yoshida Hanshin Tigers SS Yasumitsu Toyoda Nishitetsu Lions
Kazuhiko Kondo Taiyo Whales OF Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers
Katsuya Morinaga Hiroshima Carp Kazuhiro Yamauchi Daimai Orions
Teruo Namiki Hanshin Tigers Katsutoyo Yoshida Toei Flyers

[edit] High School Baseball

The 44th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 1996 schools competing for 30 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Sakushin Gakuin (Tochigi) defeated Kurume High School (Fukuoka) by a score of 1 - 0.

The 34th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 23 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Sakushin Gakuin High School (Tochigi) defeated Nihon University Number Three High School (Tokyo) by a score of 1 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1962 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 9 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Hosei University defeated Komazawa University by a score of 5 - 3.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The Detroit Tigers toured Japan in the fall of 1962. The touring team went 12 - 4 - 2 against Japanese competition.

[edit] Hall of Fame

The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:

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