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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

The Pacific League adopts a half-season system.

[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 66 60 4 0.523 0.0 565 470 0.253 3.25 Tetsuharu Kawakami
Hanshin Tigers 130 64 59 7 0.519 0.5 433 404 0.234 2.82 Masayasu Kaneda
Chunichi Dragons 130 64 61 5 0.512 1.5 441 433 0.242 2.98 Wally Yonamine
Yakult Atoms 130 62 65 3 0.488 4.5 377 406 0.229 2.60 Osamu Mihara
Taiyo Whales 130 60 64 6 0.485 5.0 423 480 0.243 3.30 Noboru Aota
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 60 67 3 0.473 6.5 390 436 0.223 3.04 Kaoru Betto

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Hankyu Braves 130 77 48 5 0.612 0.0 645 499 0.270 3.30 Yukio Nishimoto
Lotte Orions 130 70 49 11 0.581 4.0 548 491 0.264 3.43 Masaichi Kaneda
Nankai Hawks 130 68 58 4 0.538 9.5 508 493 0.260 3.35 Katsuya Nomura
Taiheiyo Club Lions 130 59 64 7 0.481 7.5 499 509 0.239 3.58 Kazuhisa Inao
Nittaku Home Flyers 130 55 69 6 0.446 12.0 511 563 0.254 3.97 Kenjiro Tamiya, Masayuki Dobashi
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 42 83 5 0.342 25.5 424 580 0.237 3.83 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 Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants .355 Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves .337
Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 111 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 100
Hits Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 152 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 152
Doubles Tsutomu Wakamatsu Yakult Atoms 29 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 29
Triples Isao Shibata Yomiuri Giants 6 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 10
Home Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 51 Atsushi Nagaike Hankyu Braves 43
Runs Batted In Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 114 Atsushi Nagaike Hankyu Braves 109
Stolen Bases Morimichi Takagi Chunichi Dragons 28 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 95
Walks Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 124 Isao Harimoto Nittaku Home Flyers 93

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Takeshi Yasuda Yakult Atoms 2.02 Tetsuya Yoneda Hankyu Braves 2.47
Wins Yutaka Enatsu Hanshin Tigers 24 Fumio Narita Lotte Orions 21
Losses Yoshiro Sotokoba Hiroshima Toyo Carp 19 Toshihiko Sei Kintetsu Buffaloes 17
Innings Pitched Yutaka Enatsu Hanshin Tigers 307.0 Fumio Narita Lotte Orions 273.2
Appearances Takeshi Yasuda
Yutaka Enatsu
Yakult Atoms
Hanshin Tigers
53 Michiro Sato Nankai Hawks 60
Hits Allowed Yutaka Enatsu Hanshin Tigers 258 Osamu Higashio Taiheiyo Club Lions 250
Home Runs Allowed Kazumi Takahashi Yomiuri Giants 32 Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves 32
Strikeouts Kazumi Takahashi Yomiuri Giants 238 Fumio Narita Lotte Orions 178
Base-on-Balls Kazumi Takahashi Yomiuri Giants 139 Osamu Higashio
Keishi Suzuki
Taiheiyo Club Lions
Kintetsu Buffaloes
91

[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 CL, 9 - 3. The second game was played at Osaka Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 1 - 0. The third game was played at Heiwadai Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 2 - 1.

[edit] Postseason

This was the first year of the Pacific League's split-season playoff format. The winners of each half met in a best-of-three series to determine the league's champion.

The standings for each half of the Pacific League's season were:

First Half Place Second Half
Team G W L T WPCT GB Team G W L T WPCT GB
Nankai Hawks 65 38 26 1 0.594 0.0 1 Hankyu Braves 65 43 19 3 0.694 0.0
Lotte Orions 65 35 27 3 0.565 2.0 2 Lotte Orions 65 35 22 8 0.614 5.5
Hankyu Braves 65 34 29 2 0.540 3.5 3 Nankai Hawks 65 30 32 3 0.484 13.0
Taiheiyo Club Lions 65 32 30 3 0.516 5.0 4 Nittaku Home Flyers 65 30 32 3 0.484 13.0
Nittaku Home Flyers 65 25 37 3 0.403 12.0 5 Taiheiyo Club Lions 65 27 34 4 0.443 15.5
Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 23 38 4 0.377 13.5 6 Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 19 45 1 0.297 25.5

In the playoffs, the Nankai Hawks, winners of the first-half, defeated the second-half winners, the Hankyu Braves, 3 games to 2.

In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Nankai Hawks (PL), 4 games to 1. It was the Giants' ninth consecutive title and the last of the V-9 era. The winning manager was Tetsuharu Kawakami and the series MVP was Tsuneo Horiuchi.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1973 Sawamura Award was Kazumi Takahashi of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 23 - 13 win-loss record, 238 strikeouts, and a 2.20 ERA in 306.1 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 Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B 428 111 152 51 114 2 .355 .500 .755 Did not pitch
PL Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks C 475 65 147 28 96 3 .309 .373 .524 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Not Awarded Not Available
PL Satoshi Niimi Nittaku Home Flyers P 65 1 11 0 4 0 .169 .229 .200 12 - 13 222.1 223 13 78 117 3.64

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1973 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Kazumi Takahashi Yomiuri Giants P Fumio Narita Lotte Orions
Koichi Tabuchi Hanshin Tigers C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves
John Sipin Taiyo Whales 2B Teruhide Sakurai Nankai Hawks
Shigeo Nagashima Yomiuri Giants 3B Michiyo Arito Lotte Orions
Taira Fujita Hanshin Tigers SS Yutaka Ohashi Hankyu Braves
Akira Ejiri Taiyo Whales OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Isao Shibata Yomiuri Giants Isao Harimoto Nittaku Home Flyers
Tsutomu Wakamatsu Yakult Atoms Atsushi Nagaike Hankyu Braves

[edit] Diamond Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Diamond Glove Award in 1973.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants P Fumio Narita Lotte Orions
Koichi Tabuchi Hanshin Tigers C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Clarence Jones Nankai Hawks
John Sipin Taiyo Whales 2B Teruhide Sakurai Nankai Hawks
Clete Boyer
Shigeo Nagashima
Taiyo Whales
Yomiuri Giants
3B Michiyo Arito Lotte Orions
Taira Fujita Hanshin Tigers SS Yutaka Ohashi Hankyu Braves
Isao Shibata Yomiuri Giants OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Shigeru Takada Yomiuri Giants Sumio Hirota Lotte Orions
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Ikuo Shimano Nankai Hawks

[edit] High School Baseball

The 55th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2660 schools competing for 48 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Hiroshima High School (Hiroshima) defeated Shizuoka High School (Shizuoka) by a score of 3 - 2.

The 45th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 30 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Yokohama High School (Kanagawa) defeated Hiroshima High School (Hiroshima) by a score of 3 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1973 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Chuo University defeated Aichi Gakuin University by a score of 3 - 0.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention Komazawa University defeated Doshisha University.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

In the first Intercontinental Cup in Italy, the Japanese national baseball team won a gold medal.

[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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