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1968 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 77 53 4 0.590 0.0 652 496 0.262 3.35 Tetsuharu Kawakami
Hanshin Tigers 133 72 58 3 0.553 5.0 447 419 0.230 2.67 Sadayoshi Fujimoto
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 134 68 62 4 0.522 9.0 420 449 0.224 2.91 Rikuo Nemoto
Sankei Atoms 134 64 66 4 0.493 13.0 497 497 0.239 3.28 Takehiko Bessho
Taiyo Whales 133 59 71 3 0.455 18.0 483 558 0.236 3.71 Kaoru Betto
Chunichi Dragons 134 50 80 4 0.388 27.0 499 579 0.246 3.72 Shigeru Sugishita

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Hankyu Braves 134 80 50 4 0.612 0.0 538 439 0.242 2.92 Yukio Nishimoto
Nankai Hawks 136 79 51 6 0.603 1.0 548 445 0.243 2.92 Kazuto Tsuruoka
Tokyo Orions 139 67 63 9 0.514 13.0 578 553 0.262 3.32 Wataru Nonin
Kintetsu Buffaloes 135 57 73 5 0.441 23.0 421 491 0.234 3.28 Osamu Mihara
Nishitetsu Lions 133 56 74 3 0.432 24.0 464 486 0.237 3.17 Futoshi Nakanishi
Toei Flyers 135 51 79 5 0.396 29.0 472 607 0.248 3.97 Hiroshi Oshita

[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 Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants .326 Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers .336
Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 107 George Altman Tokyo Orions 84
Hits Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 157 George Altman Tokyo Orions 170
Doubles Taira Fujita Hanshin Tigers 30 George Altman Tokyo Orions 33
Triples Shigeru Takada Yomiuri Giants 9 Yoshinori Hirose
Don Blasingame
Nankai Hawks
Nankai Hawks
7
Home Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 49 Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks 38
Runs Batted In Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 125 George Altman Tokyo Orions 100
Stolen Bases Takeshi Koba Hiroshima Toyo Carp 30 Tomonori Yasui Kintetsu Buffaloes 54
Walks Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 121 Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks 103

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Yoshiro Sotokoba Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1.94 Mutsuo Minagawa Nankai Hawks 1.61
Wins Yutaka Enatsu Hanshin Tigers 25 Mutsuo Minagawa Nankai Hawks 31
Losses Kentaro Ogawa Chunichi Dragons 20 Toshiaki Moriyasu Toei Flyers 23
Innings Pitched Yutaka Enatsu Hanshin Tigers 329.0 Keishi Suzuki Kintetsu Buffaloes 359.0
Appearances Ichiro Hiraoka Taiyo Whales 66 Toshiaki Moriyasu Toei Flyers 67
Hits Allowed Shiroku Ishido Sankei Swallows 251 Toshiaki Moriyasu Toei Flyers 309
Home Runs Allowed Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants 31 Keishi Suzuki Kintetsu Buffaloes 41
Strikeouts Yutaka Enatsu Hanshin Tigers 401 Keishi Suzuki Kintetsu Buffaloes 305
Base-on-Balls Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants 105 Toshiaki Moriyasu Toei Flyers 111

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Central League two games to one. The first game was played at Kawasaki Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 2 - 1. The second game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 8 - 3. The third game was played at Nishinomiya Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 5 - 4.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Hankyu Braves (PL), 4 games to 2. It was the Giants' fourth consecutive title. The winning manager was Tetsuharu Kawakami and the series MVP was Shigeru Takada.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1968 Sawamura Award was Yutaka Enatsu of the Hanshin Tigers. He had a 25 - 12 win-loss record, 401 strikeouts, and a 2.13 ERA in 329.0 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 494 80 157 39 125 8 .318 .398 .613 Did not pitch
PL Tetsuya Yoneda Hankyu Braves P 107 11 16 5 10 0 .150 .216 .308 29 - 13 348.2 302 27 105 237 2.79
Rookie of the Year CL Shigeru Takada Yomiuri Giants OF 346 75 104 9 30 23 .301 .388 .486 Did not pitch
PL Not Awarded Not Available

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1968 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Yutaka Enatsu Hanshin Tigers P Mutsuo Minagawa Nankai Hawks
Masaaki Mori Yomiuri Giants C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Kihachi Enomoto Tokyo Orions
Shozo Doi Yomiuri Giants 2B Don Blasingame Nankai Hawks
Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B Yasuhiro Kunisada Nankai Hawks
Yukinobu Kuroe Yomiuri Giants SS Toshizo Sakamoto Hankyu Braves
Shinichi Eto Chunichi Dragons OF George Altman Tokyo Orions
Dave Roberts Sankei Atoms Masahiro Doi Kintetsu Buffaloes
Kazuhiro Yamauchi Hiroshima Toyo Carp Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers

[edit] High School Baseball

The 50th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2485 schools competing for 48 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Kokoku High School (Osaka) defeated Shizuoka High School (Shizuoka) by a score of 1 - 0.

The 40th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 30 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Omiya Kogyo High School (Saitama) defeated Onomichi High School (Hiroshima) by a score of 3 - 2.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1968 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Hosei University defeated Komazawa University by a score of 12 - 3.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The St. Louis Cardinals toured Japan in the fall of 1968. The touring team went 13 - 5 - 0 against Japanese competition.

[edit] Japanese Players in Other Countries

Italics indicate a Major League appearance

[edit] Hall of Fame

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

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