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1975 in Japanese baseball

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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

The Pacific League adopts the designated hitter.

[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)
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 72 47 11 0.596 0.0 510 421 0.256 2.96 Joe Lutz, Takeshi Koba
Chunichi Dragons 130 69 53 8 0.562 4.5 521 466 0.271 3.18 Wally Yonamine
Hanshin Tigers 130 68 55 7 0.550 6.0 477 487 0.252 3.34 Yoshio Yoshida
Yakult Swallows 130 57 64 9 0.473 16.0 437 470 0.245 3.31 Hiroshi Arakawa
Taiyo Whales 130 51 69 10 0.431 21.5 484 548 0.249 3.93 Noboru Akiyama
Yomiuri Giants 130 47 76 7 0.388 27.0 473 510 0.236 3.53 Shigeo Nagashima

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 71 50 9 0.581 0.0 498 448 0.246 3.09 Yukio Nishimoto
Hankyu Braves 130 64 59 7 0.519 8.0 541 506 0.257 3.49 Toshiharu Ueda
Taiheiyo Club Lions 130 58 62 10 0.485 4.5 530 563 0.261 3.73 Shinichi Eto
Lotte Orions 130 59 65 6 0.477 5.5 514 494 0.259 3.33 Masaichi Kaneda
Nankai Hawks 130 57 65 8 0.469 6.5 524 478 0.246 2.98 Katsuya Nomura
Nippon Ham Fighters 130 55 63 12 0.469 6.5 458 576 0.258 3.89 Futoshi Nakanishi

[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 Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp .319 Jinten Haku Taiheiyo Club Lions .319
Runs Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 86 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 79
Hits Hiroaki Inoue Chunichi Dragons 149 Sumio Hirota Lotte Orions 148
Doubles Kinji Shimatani Chunichi Dragons 27 Matty Alou Taiheiyo Club Lions 32
Triples Ron Woods Chunichi Dragons 7 Bobby Marcano
Narihito Abe
Kazuo Hasegawa
Sumio Hirota
Hankyu Braves
Kintetsu Buffaloes
Lotte Orions
Lotte Orions
6
Home Runs Koichi Tabuchi Hanshin Tigers 43 Masahiro Doi Taiheiyo Club Lions 34
Runs Batted In Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 96 Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves 97
Stolen Bases Tsuyoshi Oshita Hiroshima Toyo Carp 44 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 63
Walks Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 123 Clarence Jones Kintetsu Buffaloes 88

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Sohachi Aniya Hanshin Tigers 1.91 Choji Murata Lotte Orions 2.20
Wins Yoshiro Sotokoba Hiroshima Toyo Carp 20 Osamu Higashio Taiheiyo Club Lions 23
Losses Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants 18 Osamu Higashio Taiheiyo Club Lions 15
Saves Takamasa Suzuki Chunichi Dragons 21 Choji Murata Lotte Orions 13
Innings Pitched Yoshiro Sotokoba Hiroshima Toyo Carp 287.0 Osamu Higashio Taiheiyo Club Lions 317.2
Appearances Takamasa Suzuki Chunichi Dragons 67 Osamu Higashio Taiheiyo Club Lions 54
Hits Allowed Kojiro Ikegaya Hiroshima Toyo Carp 242 Osamu Higashio Taiheiyo Club Lions 287
Home Runs Allowed Yukitsura Matsumoto Chunichi Dragons 30 Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves 36
Strikeouts Yoshiro Sotokoba Hiroshima Toyo Carp 193 Osamu Higashio Taiheiyo Club Lions 154
Base-on-Balls Yoshiro Sotokoba Hiroshima Toyo Carp 79 Takenori Emoto Nankai Hawks 78

[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 Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 8 - 0. The second game was played at Chunichi Stadium and was won by the CL, 4 - 3. The third game was played at Meiji Jingu Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 3 - 0.

[edit] Postseason

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
Hankyu Braves 65 38 25 2 0.603 0.0 1 Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 40 20 5 0.667 0.0
Taiheiyo Club Lions 65 30 29 6 0.508 6.0 2 Lotte Orions 65 32 31 2 0.508 9.5
Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 34 29 2 0.540 3.5 3 Nankai Hawks 65 30 33 2 0.476 11.5
Nippon Ham Fighters 65 27 30 8 0.474 8.0 4 Taiheiyo Club Lions 65 28 33 4 0.459 12.5
Nankai Hawks 65 27 32 6 0.458 9.0 5 Nippon Ham Fighters 65 28 33 4 0.459 12.5
Lotte Orions 65 27 34 4 0.443 14.0 6 Hankyu Braves 65 26 34 5 0.433 14.0

In the playoffs, the Hankyu Braves, winners of the first-half, defeated the second-half winners, the Kintetsu Buffaloes, 3 games to 1.

In the Nippon Series, the Hankyu Braves (PL) defeated the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (CL), 4 games to 0 with one tie. The winning manager was Toshiharu Ueda and the series MVP was Takashi Yamaguchi.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1975 Sawamura Award was Yoshiro Sotokoba of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. He had a 20 - 13 win-loss record, 193 strikeouts, and a 2.95 ERA in 287.0 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 Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp OF 451 86 144 30 84 24 .319 .406 .565 Did not pitch
PL Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves 1B 456 74 141 32 97 12 .309 .388 .572 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Not Awarded Not Available
PL Takashi Yamaguchi Hankyu Braves P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 12 - 13 1 203.0 169 14 75 149 2.93

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1975 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Yoshiro Sotokoba Hiroshima Toyo Carp P Keishi Suzuki Kintetsu Buffaloes
Koichi Tabuchi Hanshin Tigers C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves
Tsuyoshi Oshita Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2B Bobby Marcano Hankyu Braves
Sachio Kinugasa Hiroshima Toyo Carp 3B Michiyo Arito Lotte Orions
Toshiyuki Mimura Hiroshima Toyo Carp SS Yutaka Ohashi Hankyu Braves
Hiroaki Inoue Chunichi Dragons OF Jinten Haku Taiheiyo Club Lions
Roger Repoz Yakult Swallows Sumio Hirota Lotte Orions
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Kyosuke Sasaki Kintetsu Buffaloes
DH Atsushi Nagaike Hankyu Braves

[edit] Diamond Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Diamond Glove Award in 1975.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants P Mitsuhiro Adachi Hankyu Braves
Akihiko Oya Yakult Swallows C Shuzo Arita Kintetsu Buffaloes
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves
Tsuyoshi Oshita Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2B Bobby Marcano Hankyu Braves
Kinji Shimatani Chunichi Dragons 3B Michiyo Arito Lotte Orions
Taira Fujita Hanshin Tigers SS Yutaka Ohashi Hankyu Braves
Shigeru Takada Yomiuri Giants OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Ron Woods Chunichi Dragons Sumio Hirota Lotte Orions
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Ikuo Shimano Nankai Hawks

[edit] High School Baseball

The 57th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2798 schools competing for 38 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Narashino High School (Chiba) defeated Niihama High School (Ehime) by a score of 5 - 4.

The 47th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 29 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Kochi High School (Kochi) defeated Tokai Dai Sagami High School (Kanagawa) by a score of 10 - 5.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1975 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Komazawa University defeated Osaka University of Commerce by a score of 1 - 0.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

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

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] Hall of Fame

There was no one elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in this year.

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