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1972 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 74 52 4 0.585 0.0 587 492 0.255 3.43 Tetsuharu Kawakami
Hanshin Tigers 130 71 56 3 0.558 3.5 470 431 0.239 3.00 Minoru Murayama, Masayasu Kaneda
Chunichi Dragons 130 67 59 4 0.531 7.0 452 491 0.232 3.29 Wally Yonamine
Yakult Atoms 130 60 67 3 0.473 14.5 530 543 0.254 3.73 Osamu Mihara
Taiyo Whales 130 57 69 4 0.454 17.0 481 523 0.242 3.66 Kaoru Betto, Noboru Aota
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 49 75 6 0.400 24.0 482 522 0.250 3.57 Rikuo Nemoto

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Hankyu Braves 130 80 48 2 0.623 0.0 594 480 0.260 3.19 Yukio Nishimoto
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 64 60 6 0.515 14.0 486 453 0.248 3.07 Yoshiyuki Iwamoto
Nankai Hawks 130 65 61 4 0.515 14.0 512 511 0.253 3.48 Katsuya Nomura
Toei Flyers 130 63 61 6 0.508 15.0 595 546 0.270 3.82 Kenjiro Tamiya
Lotte Orions 130 59 68 3 0.465 20.5 583 621 0.264 4.54 Keiji Osawa
Nishitetsu Lions 130 47 80 3 0.373 32.5 439 598 0.242 4.12 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 Tsutomu Wakamatsu Yakult Atoms .320 Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers .358
Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 104 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 99
Hits Sachio Kinugasa Hiroshima Toyo Carp 147 Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers 169
Doubles Taira Fujita
Makoto Matsubara
Koji Yamamoto
Hanshin Tigers
Taiyo Whales
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
27 Jinten Haku Toei Flyers 33
Triples Isao Shibata Yomiuri Giants 8 Toru Ogawa Kintetsu Buffaloes 8
Home Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 48 Atsushi Nagaike Hankyu Braves 41
Runs Batted In Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 120 Katsuo Osugi
Katsuya Nomura
Toei Flyers
Nankai Hawks
101
Stolen Bases Isao Shibata Yomiuri Giants 45 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 106
Walks Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 108 Mitsuo Motoi Nishitetsu Lions 70

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Takeshi Yasuda Yakult Atoms 2.08 Toshihiko Sei Kintetsu Buffaloes 2.36
Wins Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants 26 Hisashi Yamada
Tamehiro Kaneda
Hankyu Braves
Toei Flyers
20
Losses Hiroshi Matsuoka Yakult Atoms 18 Osamu Higashio Nishitetsu Lions 25
Innings Pitched Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants 312.0 Osamu Higashio Nishitetsu Lions 309.2
Appearances Takeshi Yasuda Yakult Atoms 50 Michiro Sato Nankai Hawks 64
Hits Allowed Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants 292 Osamu Higashio Nishitetsu Lions 313
Home Runs Allowed Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants 34 Fumio Narita
Osamu Higashio
Lotte Orions
Nishitetsu Lions
37
Strikeouts Yutaka Enatsu Hanshin Tigers 233 Keishi Suzuki Kintetsu Buffaloes 180
Base-on-Balls Kazumi Takahashi Yomiuri Giants 113 Hajime Kato Nishitetsu Lions 137

[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 Meiji Jingu Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 5 - 2. The second game was played at Kawasaki Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 4 - 0. The third game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 1 - 0.

[edit] Postseason

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

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1972 Sawamura Award was Tsuneo Horiuchi of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 26 - 9 win-loss record, 203 strikeouts, and a 2.91 ERA in 312.0 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 Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants P 112 3 13 1 7 0 .116 .124 .143 26 - 9 312.0 292 34 95 203 2.91
PL Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves OF 472 99 142 14 40 106 .301 .384 .468 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Takeshi Yasuda Yakult Atoms P 50 3 11 0 3 0 .220 .278 .260 7 - 5 168.2 136 6 31 81 2.08
PL Hajime Kato Nishitetsu Lions P 64 7 3 1 1 0 .047 .141 .094 17 - 16 246.0 220 33 137 114 3.95

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1972 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants P Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves
Koichi Tabuchi Hanshin Tigers C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Katsuo Osugi Toei Flyers
John Sipin Taiyo Whales 2B Mitsuo Motoi Nishitetsu Lions
Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B Michiyo Arito Lotte Orions
Toshiyuki Mimura Hiroshima Toyo Carp SS Yutaka Ohashi Hankyu Braves
Isao Shibata Yomiuri Giants OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Shigeru Takada Yomiuri Giants Isao Harimoto Toei Flyers
Tsutomu Wakamatsu Yakult Atoms Atsushi Nagaike Hankyu Braves

[edit] Diamond Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Diamond Glove Award in 1972.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants P Mitsuhiro Adachi Hankyu Braves
Akihiko Oya Yakult Atoms C Masayuki Tanemo Hankyu Braves
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Katsuo Osugi Toei Flyers
John Sipin Taiyo Whales 2B Tsuyoshi Oshita Toei Flyers
Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B Michiyo Arito Lotte Orions
Bart Shirley Chunichi Dragons SS Yutaka Ohashi Hankyu Braves
Isao Shibata Yomiuri Giants OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Shigeru Takada Yomiuri Giants Yoshinori Hirose Nankai Hawks
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Takenori Ikebe Lotte Orions

[edit] High School Baseball

The 54th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2614 schools competing for 30 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Tsukumi High School (Oita) defeated Yanai High School (Yamaguchi) by a score of 3 - 1.

The 44th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 27 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Nichidai Sakuragaoka High School (Tokyo) defeated Nihon University Number Three High School (Tokyo) by a score of 5 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1972 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Kansai University defeated Keio University by a score of 1 - 0.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention Kansai University defeated Hosei University.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

Hosei's Keiji Nagasaki won batting titles in the spring and fall campaigns, the first player in league history to have done so.

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

At the twentieth Baseball World Cup in Nicaragua, the Japanese national baseball team placed fourth.

[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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