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1963 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 140 83 55 2 0.600 0.0 611 432 0.247 2.57 Tetsuharu Kawakami
Chunichi Dragons 140 80 57 3 0.582 2.5 529 461 0.246 2.84 Kiyoshi Sugiura
Hanshin Tigers 140 69 70 1 0.496 14.5 472 521 0.239 3.20 Sadayoshi Fujimoto
Kokutetsu Swallows 140 65 73 2 0.471 18.0 472 489 0.241 3.15 Shinji Hamazaki
Taiyo Whales 140 59 79 2 0.429 24.0 448 540 0.237 3.29 Osamu Mihara
Hiroshima Carp 140 58 80 2 0.421 25.0 515 604 0.253 3.83 Katsumi Shiraishi

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Nishitetsu Lions 150 86 60 4 0.587 0.0 584 477 0.244 2.69 Futoshi Nakanishi
Nankai Hawks 150 85 61 4 0.580 1.0 626 485 0.256 2.70 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Toei Flyers 150 76 71 3 0.517 10.5 543 534 0.236 3.02 Shigeru Mizuhara
Kintetsu Buffaloes 150 74 73 3 0.503 12.5 562 614 0.256 3.44 Kaoru Betto
Daimai Orions 150 64 85 1 0.430 23.5 510 535 0.246 3.05 Yasuya Hondo
Hankyu Braves 150 57 92 1 0.383 30.5 459 639 0.228 3.69 Yukio Nishimoto

[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 .341 Jack Bloomfield Kintetsu Buffaloes .335
Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 111 Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks 104
Hits Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 163 Yoshinori Hirose Nankai Hawks 187
Doubles Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 30 Masahiro Doi Kintetsu Buffaloes 33
Triples Morimichi Takagi
Shigeo Nagashima
Tsuneo Takabayashi
Chunichi Dragons
Yomiuri Giants
Kokutetsu Swallows
6 Shozo Higuchi Nankai Hawks 9
Home Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 40 Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks 52
Runs Batted In Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 112 Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks 135
Stolen Bases Morimichi Takagi Chunichi Dragons 50 Yoshinori Hirose Nankai Hawks 45
Walks Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 123 Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers 92

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Minoru Kakimoto Chunichi Dragons 1.70 Yukihiro Kubo Kintetsu Buffaloes 2.36
Wins Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 30 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 28
Losses Kiyoshi Oishi Hiroshima Carp 22 Tetsuya Yoneda Hankyu Braves 23
Innings Pitched Makoto Inagawa Taiyo Whales 338.1 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 386.0
Appearances Kenichi Ryu Hiroshima Carp 61 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 74
Hits Allowed Makoto Inagawa Taiyo Whales 272 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 358
Home Runs Allowed Kiyoshi Oishi Hiroshima Carp 35 Toshiaki Tokuhisa Kintetsu Buffaloes 33
Strikeouts Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 287 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 226
Base-on-Balls Seiji Shibutani Kokutetsu Swallows 137 Shoichi Ono Daimai Orions 123

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Central League three games to none. The first game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 6 - 4. The second game was played at Nishikyougoku Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 11 - 9. The third game was played at Meiji Jingu Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 8 - 5.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Nishitetsu Lions (PL), 4 games to 3. The winning manager was Tetsuharu Kawakami and the series MVP was Shigeo Nagashima.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1963 Sawamura Award was Yoshiaki Ito of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 19 - 8 win-loss record, 166 strikeouts, and a 1.90 ERA in 236.1 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 478 99 163 37 112 16 .341 .437 .657 Did not pitch
PL Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks C 550 104 160 52 135 4 .291 .386 .618 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Not Awarded Not Available
PL Not Awarded Not Available

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1963 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows P Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions
Masaaki Mori Yomiuri Giants C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Kihachi Enomoto Daimai Orions
Morimichi Takagi Chunichi Dragons 2B Jack Bloomfield Kintetsu Buffaloes
Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B Akitoshi Kodama Kintetsu Buffaloes
Takeshi Koba Hiroshima Carp SS Kenji Koike Nankai Hawks
Shinichi Eto Chunichi Dragons OF Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers
Eiji Fujii Hanshin Tigers Yoshinori Hirose Nankai Hawks
Kazuhiko Kondo Taiyo Whales Kazuhiro Yamauchi Daimai Orions

[edit] High School Baseball

The 45th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2106 schools competing for 48 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Myojo High School (Osaka) defeated Shimonoseki High School (Yamaguchi) by a score of 2 - 1.

The 35th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 28 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Shimonoseki High School (Yamaguchi) defeated Hokkai High School (Hokkaido) by a score of 10 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1963 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 9 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Keio University defeated Komazawa University by a score of 7 - 0.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

The Katsuhiro Nishikawa signing scandal caused Kansai's fall championship to be forfeited.

Season First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
Spring Ritsumeikan Kansai Doshisha Kinki Kwansei Gakuin Osaka Commerce
Fall Kansai Kinki Ritsumeikan Doshisha Kwansei Gakuin Ryukoku

[edit] Hall of Fame

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

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