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1971 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 70 52 8 0.569 0.0 538 434 0.253 2.94 Tetsuharu Kawakami
Chunichi Dragons 130 65 60 5 0.519 6.5 437 425 0.226 2.97 Shigeru Mizuhara
Taiyo Whales 130 61 59 10 0.508 8.0 363 354 0.216 2.31 Kaoru Betto
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 63 61 6 0.508 8.0 422 444 0.233 3.11 Rikuo Nemoto
Hanshin Tigers 130 57 64 9 0.473 12.5 333 412 0.220 2.76 Minoru Murayama
Yakult Atoms 130 52 72 6 0.423 19.0 427 451 0.234 3.03 Osamu Mihara

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Hankyu Braves 130 80 39 11 0.658 0.0 669 463 0.273 3.17 Yukio Nishimoto
Lotte Orions 130 80 46 4 0.631 3.5 654 542 0.270 3.77 Wataru Nonin, Keiji Osawa
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 65 60 5 0.519 18.0 469 481 0.241 3.21 Yoshiyuki Iwamoto
Nankai Hawks 130 61 65 4 0.485 22.5 614 612 0.260 4.27 Katsuya Nomura
Toei Flyers 130 44 74 12 0.385 35.5 477 587 0.241 3.96 Kenjiro Tamiya
Nishitetsu Lions 130 38 84 8 0.323 43.5 425 623 0.231 4.31 Kazuhisa Inao

[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 .320 Shinichi Etoh Lotte Orions .337
Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 92 Atsushi Nagaike Hankyu Braves 87
Hits Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 155 Katsuo Osugi Toei Flyers 154
Doubles Shigeru Takada Yomiuri Giants 26 Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves 35
Triples Shozo Doi Yomiuri Giants 5 Yutaka Fukumoto
Hiroshi Takashi
Hankyu Braves
Nankai Hawks
5
Home Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 39 Katsuo Osugi Toei Flyers 41
Runs Batted In Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 101 Hiromitsu Kadota Nankai Hawks 120
Stolen Bases Shigeru Takata Yomiuri Giants 38 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 67
Walks Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 121 Atsushi Nagaike Hankyu Braves 69

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Kazuhiro Fujimoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 1.71 Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves 2.37
Wins Masaji Hiramatsu Taiyo Whales 17 Masaaki Kitaru Lotte Orions 24
Losses Hiroshi Matsuoka Yakult Atoms 15 Akira Kawahara
Osamu Higashio
Nishitetsu Lions
Nishitetsu Lions
16
Innings Pitched Hiroshi Matsuoka Yakult Atoms 281.2 Keishi Suzuki Kintetsu Buffaloes 291.1
Appearances Masakatsu Kotani Taiyo Whales 58 Toshio Kanbe
Tamehiro Kaneda
Osamu Higashio
Kintetsu Buffaloes
Toei Flyers
Nishitetsu Lions
51
Hits Allowed Hiroshi Matsuoka Yakult Atoms 240 Masaaki Kitaru Lotte Orions 245
Home Runs Allowed Kazumi Takahashi Yomiuri Giants 28 Tamehiro Kaneda Toei Flyers 42
Strikeouts Yutaka Enatsu Hanshin Tigers 267 Keishi Suzuki Kintetsu Buffaloes 269
Base-on-Balls Hiroshi Matsuoka Yakult Atoms 84 Osamu Higashio Nishitetsu Lions 118

[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 Nishinomiya Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 5 - 0. The second game was played at Chunichi Stadium and was won by the PL, 4 - 0. The third game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 3 - 2.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Hankyu Braves (PL), 4 games to 1. It was the Giants' seventh consecutive title. The winning manager was Tetsuharu Kawakami and the series MVP was Toshimitsu Suetsugu.

[edit] Award Winners

There was no winner of the 1971 Sawamura Award.

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 485 84 155 34 86 4 .320 .395 .581 Did not pitch
PL Atsushi Nagaike Hankyu Braves OF 476 87 151 40 114 8 .317 .404 .618 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Shitoshi Sekimoto Yomiuri Giants P 36 2 3 0 0 0 .083 .154 .139 10 - 11 146.2 118 6 39 68 2.15
PL Yasuo Minagawa Toei Flyers P 71 2 7 0 2 0 .099 .158 .127 11 - 14 230.1 227 22 55 96 3.44

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1971 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Masaji Hiramatsu Taiyo Whales P Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves
Tatsuhiko Kimata Chunichi Dragons C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Katsuo Osugi Toei Flyers
Yasuhiro Kunisada Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2B Hiroyuki Yamazaki Lotte Orions
Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B Michiyo Arito Lotte Orions
Taira Fujita Hanshin Tigers SS Toshizo Sakamoto Hankyu Braves
Jitsuo Mizutani Hiroshima Toyo Carp OF George Altman Lotte Orions
Isao Shibata Yomiuri Giants Hiromitsu Kadota Nankai Hawks
Shigeru Takada Yomiuri Giants Atsushi Nagaike Hankyu Braves

[edit] High School Baseball

The 53rd National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2569 schools competing for 30 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Touin Gakuen (Kanagawa) defeated Iwaki High School (Fukushima) by a score of 1 - 0.

The 43rd National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 26 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Nichidai Number Three High School (Tokyo) defeated Dai Tetsu High School (Osaka) by a score of 2 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1971 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Asia University defeated Hosei University by a score of 7 - 4.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention Nihon University defeated Asia University.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The Baltimore Orioles toured Japan in the fall of 1971. The touring team went 12 - 2 - 4 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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