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1981 in Japanese baseball

Contents

[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner

[edit] Central League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Yomiuri Giants 130 73 48 9 0.596 0.0 517 418 0.268 2.88 Motoshi Fujita
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 67 54 9 0.550 6.0 605 519 0.274 3.66 Takeshi Koba
Hanshin Tigers 130 67 58 5 0.535 8.0 523 480 0.272 3.32 Futoshi Nakanishi
Yakult Swallows 130 56 58 16 0.492 13.5 520 591 0.255 4.30 Shiro Takegami
Chunichi Dragons 130 58 65 7 0.473 16.0 545 537 0.268 3.71 Sadao Kondo
Yokohama Taiyo Whales 130 42 80 8 0.354 31.5 444 609 0.252 4.41 Kiyoshi Doi

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Nippon Ham Fighters 130 68 54 8 0.554 0.0 610 554 0.276 3.81 Keiji Osawa
Hankyu Braves 130 68 58 4 0.538 2.0 579 597 0.267 4.01 Toshiharu Ueda
Lotte Orions 130 63 57 10 0.523 4.0 567 597 0.277 4.16 Kazuhiro Yamauchi
Seibu Lions 130 61 61 8 0.500 7.0 599 513 0.267 3.62 Rikuo Nemoto
Nankai Hawks 130 53 65 12 0.454 13.0 544 619 0.273 4.37 Don Blasingame
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 54 72 4 0.431 16.0 557 576 0.253 4.10 Yukio Nishimoto

[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 Taira Fujita Hanshin Tigers .358 Hiromitsu Ochiai Lotte Orions .326
Runs Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 102 Hiroyuki Yamazaki Seibu Lions 97
Hits Yasushi Tao Chunichi Dragons 174 Hiromitsu Ochiai Lotte Orions 150
Doubles Daisuke Yamashita Yokohama Taiyo Whales 31 Tommy Cruz Nippon Ham Fighters 30
Triples Kiyoshi Nakahata
Shintaro Mizutani
Yomiuri Giants
Yakult Swallows
7 Hiromasa Arai Nankai Hawks 8
Home Runs Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 43 Hiromitsu Kadota
Tony Solaita
Nankai Hawks
Nippon Ham Fighters
44
Runs Batted In Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 103 Tony Solaita Nippon Ham Fighters 108
Stolen Bases Minoru Aoki Yakult Swallows 34 Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves 54
Walks Masayuki Kakefu Hanshin Tigers 87 Hiromitsu Kadota Nankai Hawks 92

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Suguru Egawa Yomiuri Giants 2.29 Noriaki Okabe Nippon Ham Fighters 2.70
Wins Suguru Egawa Yomiuri Giants 20 Yutaro Imai
Choji Murata
Hankyu Braves
Lotte Orions
19
Losses Akio Saito Yokohama Taiyo Whales 15 Yutaro Imai Hankyu Braves 15
Saves Mitsuo Sumi Yomiuri Giants 20 Yutaka Enatsu Nippon Ham Fighters 25
Save Points Mitsuo Sumi Yomiuri Giants 28 Yutaka Enatsu Nippon Ham Fighters 28
Innings Pitched Takashi Nishimoto Yomiuri Giants 257.1 Yutaro Imai Hankyu Braves 231.1
Appearances Yutaka Ono
Masao Sato
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Yokohama Taiyo Whales
57 Tamotsu Nagai Seibu Lions 61
Hits Allowed Takashi Nishimoto Yomiuri Giants 232 Shinichi Yamauchi Nankai Hawks 260
Home Runs Allowed Hiroshi Matsuoka Yakult Swallows 29 Yutaro Imai Hankyu Braves 30
Strikeouts Suguru Egawa Yomiuri Giants 221 Choji Murata Lotte Orions 154
Base-on-Balls Hiroaki Fukushi Hiroshima Toyo Carp 76 Norihiro Mizutani Lotte Orions 87

[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 PL, 5 - 3. The second game was played at Yokohama Stadium and was won by the CL, 6 - 3. The third game was played at Meiji Jingu Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 6 - 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
Lotte Orions 65 35 26 4 0.574 0.0 1 Nippon Ham Fighters 65 37 23 5 0.617 0.0
Seibu Lions 65 33 28 4 0.541 2.0 2 Hankyu Braves 65 36 28 1 0.563 3.0
Hankyu Braves 65 32 30 3 0.516 3.5 3 Lotte Orions 65 28 31 6 0.475 8.5
Nippon Ham Fighters 65 31 31 3 0.500 4.5 4 Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 29 34 2 0.460 9.5
Nankai Hawks 65 29 32 4 0.475 6.0 5 Seibu Lions 65 28 33 3 0.459 9.5
Kintetsu Buffaloes 65 25 38 2 0.397 11.0 6 Nankai Hawks 65 24 33 8 0.421 11.5

In the playoffs, the Nippon Ham Fighters, winners of the second-half, defeated the first-half winners, the Lotte Orions, 3 games to 1 with one tie.

In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Nippon Ham Fighters (PL), 4 games to 2. The winning manager was Motoshi Fujita and the series MVP was Takashi Nishimoto.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1981 Sawamura Award was Takashi Nishimoto of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 18 - 12 win-loss record, 126 strikeouts, and a 2.58 ERA in 257.2 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 Suguru Egawa Yomiuri Giants P 80 3 14 1 8 0 .175 .179 .250 20 - 6 0 240.1 187 27 38 221 2.29
PL Yutaka Enatsu Nippon Ham Fighters P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 3 - 6 25 83.0 69 10 24 75 2.82
Rookie of the Year CL Tatsunori Hara Yomiuri Giants 3B 470 64 126 22 67 6 .268 .308 .483 Did not pitch
PL Hiromichi Ishige Seibu Lions SS 409 82 127 21 55 25 .311 .380 .531 Did not pitch

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1981 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Suguru Egawa Yomiuri Giants P Choji Murata Lotte Orions
Kazuhiro Yamakura Yomiuri Giants C Masataka Nashida Kintetsu Buffaloes
Taira Fujita Hanshin Tigers 1B Junichi Kashiwabara Nippon Ham Fighters
Kazunori Shinozuka Yomiuri Giants 2B Hiromitsu Ochiai Lotte Orions
Masayuki Kakefu Hanshin Tigers 3B Michiyo Arito Lotte Orions
Daisuke Yamashita Yokohama Taiyo Whales SS Hiromichi Ishige Seibu Lions
Jim Lyttle Hiroshima Toyo Carp OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Yasushi Tao Chunichi Dragons Makoto Shimada Nippon Ham Fighters
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Terry Whitfield Seibu Lions
DH Hiromitsu Kadota Nankai Hawks

[edit] Diamond Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Diamond Glove Award in 1981.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Takashi Nishimoto Yomiuri Giants P Hisashi Yamada Hankyu Braves
Kazuhiro Yamakura Yomiuri Giants C Masataka Nashida Kintetsu Buffaloes
Taira Fujita Hanshin Tigers 1B Junichi Kashiwabara Nippon Ham Fighters
Kazunori Shinozuka Yomiuri Giants 2B Hiroyuki Yamazaki Seibu Lions
Masayuki Kakefu Hanshin Tigers 3B Mitsuru Fujiwara Nankai Hawks
Daisuke Yamashita Yokohama Taiyo Whales SS Hiromichi Ishige Seibu Lions
Jim Lyttle Hanshin Tigers OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Tadashi Matsumoto Yomiuri Giants Koji Minoda Hankyu Braves
Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp Makoto Shimada Nippon Ham Fighters

[edit] High School Baseball

The 63rd National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 3394 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Houtoku Gakuen (Hyogo) defeated Kyoto High School (Kyoto) by a score of 2 - 0.

The 53rd National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 30 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game PL Gakuen High School (Osaka) defeated Inba High School (Chiba) by a score of 2 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1981 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Meiji University defeated Kinki University by a score of 8 - 2.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

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

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

The Kansas City Royals toured Japan in the fall of 1981. The touring team went 9 - 7 - 1 against Japanese competition.

In the fifth Intercontinental Cup in Canada, the Japanese national baseball team placed sixth.

[edit] Hall of Fame

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

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