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1979 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)
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 67 50 13 0.565 0.0 601 523 0.257 3.74 Takeshi Koba
Yokohama Taiyo Whales 130 59 54 17 0.519 6.0 595 562 0.266 4.05 Kaoru Betto
Chunichi Dragons 130 59 57 14 0.508 7.5 589 566 0.268 3.97 Toshio Naka
Hanshin Tigers 130 61 60 9 0.504 8.0 559 602 0.268 4.15 Don Blasingame
Yomiuri Giants 130 58 62 10 0.485 10.5 554 549 0.259 3.85 Shigeo Nagashima
Yakult Swallows 130 48 69 13 0.419 19.0 550 646 0.252 4.60 Tatsuro Hirooka

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Hankyu Braves 130 75 44 11 0.619 0.0 695 546 0.281 3.84 Takao Kajimoto
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 74 45 11 0.612 1.0 672 531 0.285 3.70 Yukio Nishimoto
Nippon Ham Fighters 130 63 60 7 0.512 13.0 592 569 0.267 4.09 Keiji Osawa
Lotte Orions 130 55 63 12 0.469 18.5 576 597 0.274 4.30 Kazuhiro Yamauchi
Nankai Hawks 130 46 73 11 0.396 28.0 558 689 0.277 4.86 Yoshinori Hirose
Seibu Lions 130 45 73 12 0.392 28.5 525 686 0.259 4.60 Rikuo Nemoto

[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 Felix Millan Yokohama Taiyo Whales .346 Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves .364
Runs Masayuki Kakefu Hanshin Tigers 107 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 101
Hits Yasunori Oshima Chunichi Dragons 159 Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves 163
Doubles Yasunori Oshima Chunichi Dragons 33 Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves 32
Triples Yoshihiko Takahashi Hiroshima Toyo Carp 7 Yutaka Fukumoto
Koji Minoda
Hankyu Braves
Kintetsu Buffaloes
9
Home Runs Masayuki Kakefu Hanshin Tigers 48 Charlie Manuel Kintetsu Buffaloes 37
Runs Batted In Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 113 Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves 104
Stolen Bases Yoshihiko Takahashi Hiroshima Toyo Carp 55 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 60
Walks Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 89 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 79

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Masaji Hiramatsu Yokohama Taiyo Whales 2.39 Tetsuji Yamaguchi Kintetsu Buffaloes 2.49
Wins Shigeru Kobayashi Hanshin Tigers 22 Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves 21
Losses Kazuhiko Endo
Takenori Emoto
Kenichi Kajima
Yokohama Taiyo Whales
Hanshin Tigers
Yakult Swallows
12 Tomotaka Sugiyama Nippon Ham Fighters 17
Saves Yutaka Enatsu Hiroshima Toyo Carp 22 Motoyasu Kaneshiro Nankai Hawks 16
Save Points Yutaka Enatsu Hiroshima Toyo Carp 31 Motoyasu Kaneshiro Nankai Hawks 20
Innings Pitched Shigeru Kobayashi Hanshin Tigers 273.2 Choji Murata Lotte Orions 255.0
Appearances Yutaka Ono Hiroshima Toyo Carp 58 Tamotsu Nagai Seibu Lions 63
Hits Allowed Shigeru Kobayashi Hanshin Tigers 227 Naoki Takahashi Nippon Ham Fighters 257
Home Runs Allowed Kojiro Ikegawa Hiroshima Toyo Carp 38 Yutaka Yanagida Kintetsu Buffaloes 34
Strikeouts Hisao Niura Yomiuri Giants 223 Choji Murata Lotte Orions 230
Base-on-Balls Yoshio Tanaka Yokohama Taiyo Whales 80 Hirohisa Matsunuma Seibu Lions 80

[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 Osaka Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 11 - 2. The second game was played at Nagoya Stadium and was won by the PL, 3 - 1. The third game was played at Seibu Lions Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 7 - 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
Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 39 19 7 0.672 0.0 1 Hankyu Braves 65 36 23 6 0.610 0.0
Hankyu Braves 65 39 21 5 0.650 1.0 2 Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 35 26 4 0.574 2.0
Nippon Ham Fighters 65 34 26 5 0.567 6.0 3 Lotte Orions 65 29 29 7 0.500 6.5
Lotte Orions 65 26 34 5 0.433 14.0 4 Nippon Ham Fighters 65 29 34 2 0.460 9.0
Nankai Hawks 65 23 39 3 0.371 18.0 5 Seibu Lions 65 27 33 5 0.450 9.5
Seibu Lions 65 18 40 7 0.310 21.0 6 Nankai Hawks 65 23 34 8 0.404 12.0

In the playoffs, the Kintetsu Buffaloes, winners of the first-half, defeated the second-half winners, the Hankyu Braves, 3 games to 0.

In the Nippon Series, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (CL) defeated the Kintetsu Buffaloes (PL), 4 games to 3. The winning manager was Takeshi Koba and the series MVP was Yoshihiko Takahashi.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1979 Sawamura Award was Shigeru Kobayashi of the Hanshin Tigers. He had a 22 - 9 win-loss record, 200 strikeouts, and a 2.89 ERA in 273.2 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 Yutaka Enatsu Hiroshima Toyo Carp P 16 1 3 0 2 0 .188 .188 .250 9 - 5 22 104.2 77 10 36 117 2.66
PL Charlie Manuel Kintetsu Buffaloes OF 333 69 108 37 94 0 .324 .434 .712 Did not pitch
Rookie of the Year CL Kimiya Fujisawa Chunichi Dragons P 60 3 8 0 2 0 .133 .188 .133 13 - 5 0 185.1 158 15 69 129 2.82
PL Hirohisa Matsunuma Seibu Lions P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 16 - 10 0 212.1 189 25 80 134 4.03

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1979 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Shigeru Kobayashi Hanshin Tigers P Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves
Tatsuhiko Kimata Chunichi Dragons C Masataka Nashida Kintetsu Buffaloes
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Hideji Kato Hankyu Braves
Felix Millan Yokohama Taiyo Whales 2B Bobby Marcano Hankyu Braves
Masayuki Kakefu Hanshin Tigers 3B Kinji Shimatani Hankyu Braves
Yoshihiko Takahashi Hiroshima Toyo Carp SS Shigeru Ishiwata Kintetsu Buffaloes
Mike Reinbach Hanshin Tigers OF Hiromasa Arai Nankai Hawks
Tsutomu Wakamatsu Yakult Swallows Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Shigeru Kurihashi Kintetsu Buffaloes
DH Charlie Manuel Kintetsu Buffaloes

[edit] Diamond Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Diamond Glove Award in 1979.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Takashi Nishimoto Yomiuri Giants P Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves
Yoshiharu Wakana Hanshin Tigers C Masataka Nashida Kintetsu Buffaloes
Sadaharu Oh Yomiuri Giants 1B Junichi Kashiwabara Nippon Ham Fighters
Morimichi Takagi Chunichi Dragons 2B Bobby Marcano Hankyu Braves
Masayuki Kakefu Hanshin Tigers 3B Kinji Shimatani Hankyu Braves
Daisuke Yamashita Yokohama Taiyo Whales SS Nobuhiro Takashiro Nippon Ham Fighters
Jim Lyttle Hanshin Tigers OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
John Scott Yakult Swallows Mitsuyasu Hirano Kintetsu Buffaloes
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Koji Minoda Hankyu Braves

[edit] High School Baseball

The 61st National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 3170 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Minoshima High School (Wakayama) defeated Ikeda High School (Tokushima) by a score of 4 - 3.

The 51st National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 30 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Minoshima High School (Wakayama) defeated Nami High School (Osaka) by a score of 8 - 7.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1979 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Chuo University defeated Waseda University by a score of 7 - 3.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

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

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The AL/NL All-Stars toured Japan in the fall of 1979. The AL and NL All-Stars played 7 games versus each other, with the NL recording 4 wins to the AL's 2 wins with 1 tie. The Major League teams then combined to face Japanese competition andwpos ed a1 - 1 - 0 arecord.

In the fourth Intercontinental Cup in Cuba, the Japanese national baseball team won a silver 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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