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1978 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)
Yakult Swallows 130 68 46 16 0.585 0.0 648 633 0.279 4.38 Tatsuro Hirooka
Yomiuri Giants 130 65 49 16 0.562 3.0 606 508 0.270 3.61 Shigeo Nagashima
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 62 50 18 0.546 5.0 713 596 0.284 4.38 Takeshi Koba
Yokohama Taiyo Whales 130 64 57 9 0.527 7.5 596 554 0.273 3.90 Kaoru Betto
Chunichi Dragons 130 53 71 6 0.431 20.0 509 635 0.252 4.45 Toshio Naka
Hanshin Tigers 130 41 80 9 0.350 30.5 532 678 0.254 4.79 Tsuguo Goto

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Hankyu Braves 130 82 39 9 0.665 0.0 700 482 0.283 3.13 Toshiharu Ueda
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 71 46 13 0.596 9.0 572 449 0.266 3.21 Yukio Nishimoto
Nippon Ham Fighters 130 55 63 12 0.469 25.5 534 566 0.264 3.98 Keiji Osawa
Lotte Orions 130 53 62 15 0.465 26.0 523 587 0.270 4.01 Masaichi Kaneda
Crown Lighter Lions 130 51 67 12 0.438 29.5 497 582 0.268 3.75 Rikuo Nemoto
Nankai Hawks 130 42 77 11 0.365 39.0 408 568 0.239 4.01 Yoshinori Hirose

[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 Jitsuo Mizutani Hiroshima Toyo Carp .348 Kyosuke Sasaki Kintetsu Buffaloes .354
Runs Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 114 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 107
Hits Makoto Matsubara Yokohama Taiyo Whales 164 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 171
Doubles Makoto Matsubara Yokohama Taiyo Whales 45 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 35
Triples Yoshihiko Takahashi Hiroshima Toyo Carp 10 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 10
Home Runs Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 44 Bobby Mitchell Nippon Ham Fighters 36
Runs Batted In Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 118 Bobby Marcano Hankyu Braves 94
Stolen Bases Isao Shibata Yomiuri Giants 34 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 70
Walks Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 114 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 60

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Hisao Niura Yomiuri Giants 2.81 Keishi Suzuki Kintetsu Buffaloes 2.02
Wins Osamu Nomura Yokohama Taiyo Whales 17 Keishi Suzuki Kintetsu Buffaloes 25
Losses Terushi Donoue Chunichi Dragons 18 Shinichi Yamauchi Nankai Hawks 16
Saves Hisao Niura Yomiuri Giants 15 Takashi Yamaguchi Hankyu Braves 14
Save Points Hisao Niura Yomiuri Giants 25 Takashi Yamaguchi Hankyu Braves 26
Innings Pitched Akio Saito Yokohama Taiyo Whales 241.0 Osamu Higashio Crown Lighter Lions 303.1
Appearances Hisao Niura Yomiuri Giants 63 Masanori Murakami Nippon Ham Fighters 57
Hits Allowed Akio Matsubara Hiroshima Toyo Carp 236 Osamu Higashio Crown Lighter Lions 299
Home Runs Allowed Kojiro Suzuki Yakult Swallows 34 Kazushi Saeki Nippon Ham Fighters 29
Strikeouts Akio Saito Yokohama Taiyo Whales 162 Keishi Suzuki Kintetsu Buffaloes 178
Base-on-Balls Hiroshi Matsuoka Yakult Swallows 96 Yoshinori Sato
Masumitsu Moriguchi
Hankyu Braves
Nankai Hawks
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[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 Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 7 - 5. The second game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 9 - 0. The third game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 8 - 5.

[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 44 20 1 0.688 0.0 1 Hankyu Braves 65 38 19 8 0.667 0.0
Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 32 26 7 0.552 8.0 2 Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 39 20 6 0.661 0.0
Nippon Ham Fighters 65 29 31 5 0.483 13.0 3 Lotte Orions 65 28 29 8 0.491 10.0
Crown Lighter Lions 65 28 31 6 0.475 13.5 4 Nippon Ham Fighters 65 26 32 7 0.448 12.5
Lotte Orions 65 25 33 7 0.431 16.0 5 Crown Lighter Lions 65 23 36 6 0.390 16.0
Nankai Hawks 65 22 39 4 0.361 19.5 6 Nankai Hawks 65 20 38 7 0.345 18.5

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

In the Nippon Series, the Yakult Swallows (CL) defeated the Hankyu Braves (PL), 4 games to 3. The winning manager was Tatsuro Hirooka and the series MVP was Katsuo Osugi.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1978 Sawamura Award was Hiromu Matsuoka of the Yakult Swallows. He had a 16 - 11 win-loss record, 119 strikeouts, and a 3.75 ERA in 199.1 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 Tsutomu Wakamatsu Yakult Swallows OF 460 100 157 17 71 12 .341 .408 .539 Did not pitch
PL Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves P 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 18 - 4 4 219.2 188 23 40 117 2.66
Rookie of the Year CL Mitsuo Sumi Yomiuri Giants P 27 1 3 0 0 0 .111 .143 .111 5 - 7 7 112.2 76 6 77 89 2.88
PL Yukihiro Murakami Nankai Hawks P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 5 - 8 3 132.0 126 9 53 69 3.61

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1978 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Hisao Niura Yomiuri Giants P Keishi Suzuki Kintetsu Buffaloes
Akihiko Oya Yakult Swallows C Shinji Nakazawa Hankyu Braves
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Junichi Kashiwabara Nippon Ham Fighters
Dave Hilton Yakult Swallows 2B Bobby Marcano Hankyu Braves
Masayuki Kakefu Hanshin Tigers 3B Kinji Shimatani Hankyu Braves
Yoshihiko Takahashi Hiroshima Toyo Carp SS Akinobu Mayumi Crown Lighter Lions
Charlie Manuel Yakult Swallows OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Tsutomu Wakamatsu Yakult Swallows Koji Minoda Hankyu Braves
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Kyosuke Sasaki Kintetsu Buffaloes
DH Masahiro Doi Crown Lighter Lions

[edit] Diamond Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Diamond Glove Award in 1978.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants P Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves
Akihiko Oya Yakult Swallows C Shinji Nakazawa Hankyu Braves
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Junichi Kashiwabara Nippon Ham Fighters
Shozo Doi Yomiuri Giants 2B Bobby Marcano Hankyu Braves
Masayuki Kakefu Hanshin Tigers 3B Kinji Shimatani Hankyu Braves
Daisuke Yamashita Yokohama Taiyo Whales SS Yutaka Ohashi Hankyu Braves
Jim Lyttle Hiroshima Toyo Carp OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Tsutomu Wakamatsu Yakult Swallows Koji Minoda Hankyu Braves
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Bernie Williams Hankyu Braves

[edit] High School Baseball

The 60th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 3074 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game PL Gakuen (Osaka) defeated Kochi High School (Kochi) by a score of 3 - 2.

The 50th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 30 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Hamamatsu High School (Shizuoka) defeated Fukui High School (Fukui) by a score of 2 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1978 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Meiji University defeated Senshu University by a score of 5 - 0.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

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

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The Cincinnati Reds toured Japan in the fall of 1978. The touring team went 14 - 2 - 1 against Japanese competition.

At the tenth Haarlemse Honkbalweek in Haarlem, the Netherlands, the Japanese national baseball team won the tournament. At the twenty-fifth Baseball World Cup in Italy, the Japanese national baseball team placed fourth.

[edit] Hall of Fame

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

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