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1966 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 134 89 41 4 0.679 0.0 559 335 0.243 2.24 Tetsuharu Kawakami
Chunichi Dragons 132 76 54 2 0.583 13.0 521 400 0.253 2.54 Michio Nishizawa
Hanshin Tigers 135 64 66 5 0.493 25.0 386 399 0.233 2.52 Shigeru Sugishita, Sadayoshi Fujimoto
Hiroshima Carp 136 57 73 6 0.441 32.0 420 512 0.234 3.45 Ryohei Hasegawa
Taiyo Whales 130 52 78 0 0.400 37.0 428 557 0.247 3.74 Osamu Mihara
Sankei Atoms 135 52 78 5 0.404 37.0 364 475 0.215 3.16 Tokuji Iida

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Nankai Hawks 133 79 51 3 0.605 0.0 477 394 0.245 2.59 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Nishitetsu Lions 138 75 55 8 0.572 4.0 426 354 0.231 2.13 Futoshi Nakanishi
Toei Flyers 136 70 60 6 0.537 9.0 480 443 0.256 2.75 Shigeru Mizuhara
Tokyo Orions 134 61 69 4 0.470 18.0 462 460 0.240 2.93 Hitoshi Tamaru
Hankyu Braves 134 57 73 4 0.440 22.0 447 491 0.229 3.31 Yukio Nishimoto
Kintetsu Buffaloes 133 48 82 3 0.372 31.0 388 538 0.228 3.60 Yoshiyuki Iwamoto

[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 .344 Kihachi Enomoto Tokyo Orions .351
Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 111 Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks 82
Hits Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 163 Kihachi Enomoto Tokyo Orions 167
Doubles Makoto Matsubara Taiyo Whales 32 Kihachi Enomoto Tokyo Orions 31
Triples Takeshi Koba Hiroshima Carp 6 Shoichi Busujima Toei Flyers 9
Home Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 48 Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks 34
Runs Batted In Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 116 Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks 97
Stolen Bases Isao Shibata Yomiuri Giants 46 Koshi Yamamoto Hankyu Braves 32
Walks Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 142 Daryl Spencer
Katsuya Nomura
Hankyu Braves
Nankai Hawks
71

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants 1.39 Kazuhisa Inao Nishitetsu Lions 1.79
Wins Minoru Murayama Hanshin Tigers 24 Tetsuya Yoneda Hankyu Braves 25
Losses Susumu Oba
Susumu Sato
Hiroshima Carp
Sankei Atoms
18 Shigemasa Yamamoto Kintetsu Buffaloes 19
Innings Pitched Minoru Murayama Hanshin Tigers 290.1 Tetsuya Yoneda Hankyu Braves 310.0
Appearances Kiyotake Suzuki Sankei Swallows 62 Yukio Ozaki Toei Flyers 65
Hits Allowed Kunio Jonouchi Yomiuri Giants 231 Tetsuya Yoneda Hankyu Braves 289
Home Runs Allowed Hidetoshi Ikeda
Makoto Inagawa
Hiroshima Carp
Taiyo Whales
20 Katsuji Sakai Tokyo Orions 31
Strikeouts Minoru Murayama Hanshin Tigers 207 Tsutomu Tanaka Nishitetsu Lions 217
Base-on-Balls Tsuneo Horiuchi
Gene Bacque
Yomiuri Giants
Hanshin Tigers
69 Tetsuya Yoneda Hankyu Braves 81

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Pacific League two games to one. The first game was played at Nishikyougoku Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 6 - 2. The second game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 6 - 3. The third game was played at Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 5 - 1.

[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 Isao Shibata.

[edit] Award Winners

The winners of the 1966 Sawamura Award were Tsuneo Horiuchi of the Yomiuri Giants and Minoru Murayama of the Hanshin Tigers . Horiuchi had a 16 - 2 win-loss record, 117 strikeouts, and a 1.39 ERA in 181.0 innings. Murayama had a 24 - 9 win-loss record, 207 strikeouts, and a 1.55 ERA in 290.1 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 474 83 163 26 105 14 .344 .413 .586 Did not pitch
PL Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks C 474 82 148 34 97 8 .312 .406 .568 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants P 64 6 16 2 6 0 .250 .250 .422 16 - 2 181.0 125 5 69 117 1.39
PL Not Awarded Not Available

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1966 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Minoru Murayama Hanshin Tigers P Tsutomu Tanaka Nishitetsu Lions
Masaaki Mori Yomiuri Giants C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Kihachi Enomoto Tokyo Orions
Morimichi Takagi Chunichi Dragons 2B Yasuhiro Kunisada Nankai Hawks
Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B Tony Roig Nishitetsu Lions
Shuhei Ichieda Chunichi Dragons SS Kenji Koike Nankai Hawks
Shinichi Eto Chunichi Dragons OF Shoichi Busujima Toei Flyers
Toshio Naka Chunichi Dragons Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers
Kazuyoshi Yamamoto Hiroshima Carp Teruyuki Takakura Nishitetsu Lions

[edit] High School Baseball

The 48th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2415 schools competing for 30 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Chukyo High School (Aichi) defeated Matsuyama High School (Ehime) by a score of 3 - 1.

The 38th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 24 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Chukyo High School (Aichi) defeated Tosa High School (Kochi) by a score of 1 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1966 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 14 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Nihon University defeated Kinki University by a score of 3 - 2.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The Mexico City Tigers of the Mexican League toured Japan in the spring of 1966. The touring team went 0 - 13 - 0 against Japanese competition. The Los Angeles Dodgers toured Japan in the fall of 1966. The touring team went 9 - 8 - 1 against Japanese competitio.

[edit] Hall of Fame

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

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