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1976 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 76 45 9 0.619 0.0 661 505 0.280 3.58 Shigeo Nagashima
Hanshin Tigers 130 72 45 13 0.604 2.0 602 500 0.258 3.54 Yoshio Yoshida
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 61 58 11 0.512 14.0 586 565 0.271 4.02 Takeshi Koba
Chunichi Dragons 130 54 66 10 0.454 21.5 519 610 0.266 4.50 Wally Yonamine
Yakult Swallows 130 52 68 10 0.438 23.5 504 555 0.260 3.88 Hiroshi Arakawa, Tatsuro Hirooka
Taiyo Whales 130 45 78 7 0.373 32.0 482 619 0.256 4.45 Noboru Akiyama

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Hankyu Braves 130 79 45 6 0.631 0.0 546 477 0.257 3.30 Toshiharu Ueda
Nankai Hawks 130 71 56 3 0.558 9.5 489 431 0.259 2.91 Katsuya Nomura
Lotte Orions 130 63 56 11 0.527 13.5 476 441 0.258 2.96 Masaichi Kaneda
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 57 66 7 0.465 21.5 457 436 0.245 3.04 Yukio Nishimoto
Nippon Ham Fighters 130 52 67 11 0.442 24.5 484 523 0.258 3.72 Keiji Osawa
Taiheiyo Club Lions 130 44 76 10 0.377 33.0 450 594 0.259 4.08 Masakazu Kito

[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 Kenichi Yazawa Chunichi Dragons .355 Satoru Yoshioka Taiheiyo Club Lions .309
Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 99 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 88
Hits Isao Harimoto Yomiuri Giants 182 Mitsuru Fujiwara Nankai Hawks 159
Doubles Kenichi Yazawa Chunichi Dragons 36 Hiromitsu Kadota Nankai Hawks 25
Triples Masayuki Kakefu Hanshin Tigers 7 Satoru Yoshioka Taiheiyo Club Lions 13
Home Runs Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 49 Clarence Jones Kintetsu Buffaloes 36
Runs Batted In Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 123 Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves 82
Stolen Bases Sachio Kinugasa Hiroshima Toyo Carp 31 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 62
Walks Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 125 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 73

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Takamasa Suzuki Chunichi Dragons 2.98 Choji Murata Lotte Orions 1.82
Wins Kojiro Ikegaya Hiroshima Toyo Carp 20 Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves 26
Losses Hideyuki Okue
Masaji Hiramatsu
Taiyo Whales
Taiyo Whales
17 Osamu Nomura Nippon Ham Fighters 16
Saves Takamasa Suzuki Chunichi Dragons 26 Michiro Sato Nankai Hawks 16
Save Points Takamasa Suzuki Chunichi Dragons 32 Pacific League did not record save points until 1977.
Innings Pitched Kojiro Ikegaya Hiroshima Toyo Carp 290.1 Keishi Suzuki Kintetsu Buffaloes 265.2
Appearances Hiroki Watanabe Hiroshima Toyo Carp 73 Michiro Sato Nankai Hawks 54
Hits Allowed Kojiro Ikegaya Hiroshima Toyo Carp 271 Osamu Higashio Taiheiyo Club Lions 256
Home Runs Allowed Masaji Hiramatsu Taiyo Whales 40 Osamu Nomura Nippon Ham Fighters 27
Strikeouts Kojiro Ikegaya Hiroshima Toyo Carp 207 Choji Murata Lotte Orions 202
Base-on-Balls Masaji Hiramatsu Taiyo Whales 95 Takashi Yamaguchi Hankyu Braves 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 Kawasaki Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 3 - 1. The second game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 11 - 1. The third game was played at Osaka Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 5 - 1.

[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 41 21 3 0.667 0.0 1 Hankyu Braves 65 37 24 4 0.607 0.0
Nankai Hawks 65 35 29 1 0.547 7.5 2 Nankai Hawks 65 36 27 2 0.571 2.0
Lotte Orions 65 29 28 8 0.509 10.0 3 Lotte Orions 65 34 28 3 0.548 3.5
Nippon Ham Fighters 65 26 31 8 0.456 13.0 4 Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 30 31 4 0.492 7.0
Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 27 35 3 0.435 14.5 5 Nippon Ham Fighters 65 26 36 3 0.419 11.5
Taiheiyo Club Lions 65 21 36 8 0.368 18.0 6 Taiheiyo Club Lions 65 23 40 2 0.365 15.0

The Hankyu Braves won both halves, winning the league title outright.

In the Nippon Series, the Hankyu Braves (PL) defeated the Yomiuri Giants (CL), 4 games to 3. The winning manager was Toshiharu Ueda and the series MVP was Yutaka Fukumoto.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1976 Sawamura Award was Kojiro Ikegaya of the Hanshin Tigers. He had a 20 - 15 win-loss record, 207 strikeouts, and a 3.26 ERA in 290.1 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 400 99 130 49 123 3 .325 .479 .725 Did not pitch
PL Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 26 - 7 5 259.2 217 20 48 143 2.39
Rookie of the Year CL Yasushi Tao Chunichi Dragons OF 166 19 46 3 21 0 .277 .344 .404 Did not pitch
PL Manabu Fujita Nankai Hawks P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 11 - 3 0 149.2 133 8 25 52 1.98

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1976 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Kojiro Ikegaya Hiroshima Toyo Carp P Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves
Koichi Tabuchi Hanshin Tigers C Katsuya Nomura Nankai Hawks
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves
Davey Johnson Yomiuri Giants 2B Satoru Yoshioka Taiheiyo Club Lions
Masayuki Kakefu Hanshin Tigers 3B Mitsuru Fujiwara Nankai Hawks
Toshiyuki Mimura Hiroshima Toyo Carp SS Yutaka Ohashi Hankyu Braves
Isao Harimoto Yomiuri Giants OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Tsutomu Wakamatsu Yakult Swallows Sumio Hirota Lotte Orions
Kenichi Yazawa Chunichi Dragons Hiromitsu Kadota Nankai Hawks
DH Takuji Ota Taiheiyo Club Lions

[edit] Diamond Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Diamond Glove Award in 1976.

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
Davey Johnson Yomiuri Giants 2B Bobby Marcano Hankyu Braves
Shigeru Takada Yomiuri Giants 3B Mitsuru Fujiwara Nankai Hawks
Daisuke Yamashita Taiyo Whales SS Yutaka Ohashi Hankyu Braves
Takenori Ikebe Hanshin Tigers OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Isao Shibata Yomiuri Giants Sumio Hirota Lotte Orions
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Bernie Williams Hankyu Braves

[edit] High School Baseball

The 58th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2893 schools competing for 41 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Obirin High School (West Tokyo) defeated PL Gakuen (Osaka) by a score of 4 - 3.

The 48th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 30 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Soutoku High School (Hiroshima) defeated Koyama High School (Tochigi) by a score of 5 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1976 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Tokai University defeated Osaka University of Commerce by a score of 2 - 1.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

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

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

At the twenty-fourth Baseball World Cup in Colombia, the Japanese national baseball team won a bronze medal.

[edit] Hall of Fame

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

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