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1983 in Japanese baseball

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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

The Hankyu Braves' Yutaka Fukumoto steals his 939th base, passing the Major League record of Lou Brock.

[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 72 50 8 0.585 0.0 622 542 0.275 3.77 Motoshi Fujita
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 65 55 10 0.538 6.0 610 527 0.269 3.65 Takeshi Koba
Yokohama Taiyo Whales 130 61 61 8 0.500 11.0 561 631 0.272 4.52 Junzo Sekine
Hanshin Tigers 130 62 63 5 0.496 11.5 598 604 0.274 4.22 Motoo Ando
Chunichi Dragons 130 54 69 7 0.442 18.5 563 603 0.263 4.11 Sadao Kondo
Yakult Swallows 130 53 69 8 0.438 19.0 557 604 0.266 4.52 Shiro Takegami

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Seibu Lions 130 86 40 4 0.677 0.0 700 440 0.278 3.20 Tatsuro Hirooka
Hankyu Braves 130 67 55 8 0.546 17.0 632 592 0.272 4.16 Toshiharu Ueda
Nippon Ham Fighters 130 64 59 7 0.519 20.5 581 540 0.275 3.82 Keiji Osawa
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 52 65 13 0.450 29.5 581 626 0.263 4.49 Seiji Sekiguchi
Nankai Hawks 130 52 69 9 0.435 31.5 548 659 0.268 4.75 Yoshio Anabuki
Lotte Orions 130 43 76 11 0.373 39.5 525 710 0.264 5.12 Kazuyoshi Yamamoto

[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 Akinobu Mayumi Hanshin Tigers .353 Hiromitsu Ochiai Lotte Orions .332
Runs Tatsunori Hara Yomiuri Giants 94 Hiroyuki Yamazaki Seibu Lions 96
Hits Yasushi Tao Chunichi Dragons 161 Boomer Wells Hankyu Braves 171
Doubles Kenichi Yazawa
Daisuke Yamashita
Chunichi Dragons
Yokohama Taiyo Whales
33 Hiroyuki Yamazaki Seibu Lions 30
Triples Yutaka Takagi
Ryuzo Yamazaki
Toru Sugiura
Yokohama Taiyo Whales
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Yakult Swallows
5 Yutaka Fukumoto
Hiromichi Ishige
Hiromi Matsunaga
Hankyu Braves
Seibu Lions
Hankyu Braves
7
Home Runs Koji Yamamoto
Yasunori Oshima
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Chunichi Dragons
36 Hiromitsu Kadota Nankai Hawks 40
Runs Batted In Tatsunori Hara Yomiuri Giants 103 Jitsuo Mizutani Hankyu Braves 114
Stolen Bases Tadashi Matsumoto Yomiuri Giants 76 Daijiro Oishi Kintetsu Buffaloes 60
Walks Koji Yamamoto Hiroshima Toyo Carp 87 Yutaka Fukumoto
Hiromitsu Kadota
Hankyu Braves
Nankai Hawks
85

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Osamu Fukuma Hanshin Tigers 2.62 Osamu Higashio Seibu Lions 2.92
Wins Kazuhiko Endo Yokohama Taiyo Whales 18 Osamu Higashio
Kazuhiro Yamauchi
Seibu Lions
Nankai Hawks
18
Losses Shigeru Kobayashi
Tatsuo Komatsu
Takashi Imoto
Hiroshi Matsuoka
Hanshin Tigers
Chunichi Dragons
Yakult Swallows
Yakult Swallows
14 Yutaka Yanagida
Takanori Yamauchi
Norihiro Mizutani
Kintetsu Buffaloes
Nankai Hawks
Lotte Orions
14
Saves Akio Saito Yokohama Taiyo Whales 22 Yutaka Enatsu
Shigekazu Mori
Nippon Ham Fighters
Seibu Lions
34
Save Points Akio Saito Yokohama Taiyo Whales 32 Shigekazu Mori Seibu Lions 39
Innings Pitched Takashi Nishimoto Yomiuri Giants 239.1 Kazuhiro Yamauchi Nankai Hawks 249.2
Appearances Osamu Fukuma Hanshin Tigers 69 Shigekazu Mori
Shoji Kawahara
Seibu Lions
Nippon Ham Fighters
59
Hits Allowed Takashi Nishimoto Yomiuri Giants 265 Takanori Yamauchi Nankai Hawks 264
Home Runs Allowed Tsugio Kanazawa Yokohama Taiyo Whales 33 Keishi Suzuki
Norihiro Mizutani
Kintetsu Buffaloes
Lotte Orions
31
Strikeouts Kazuhiko Endo Yokohama Taiyo Whales 186 Yukihiko Yamaoki Hankyu Braves 143
Base-on-Balls Kazuhisa Kawaguchi Hiroshima Toyo Carp 104 Kazuhiro Yamauchi
Yoshio Fukazawa
Nankai Hawks
Lotte Orions
99

[edit] All-Star Game

The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Pacific League three games to none. The first game was played at Meiji Jingu Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 5 - 3. The second game was played at Nishinomiya Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 4 - 3. The third game was played at Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 4 - 1.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Seibu Lions (PL) defeated the Yomiuri Giants (CL), 4 games to 3. The winning manager was Tatsuro Hirooka and the series MVP was Takuji Ota.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1983 Sawamura Award was Kazuhiko Endo of the Yokohama Taiyo Whales. He had a 18 - 9 win-loss record, 186 strikeouts, and a 2.87 ERA in 238.1 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 Tatsunori Hara Yomiuri Giants 3B 500 94 151 32 103 9 .302 .375 .574 Did not pitch
PL Osamu Higashio Seibu Lions P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 18 - 9 2 213.0 198 14 51 72 2.92
Rookie of the Year CL Hiromi Makihara Yomiuri Giants P 58 2 5 0 2 0 .086 .117 .103 12 - 9 1 184.0 165 19 66 124 3.67
PL Tadami Futamura Nippon Ham Fighters OF 294 37 83 13 35 6 .282 .324 .459 Did not pitch

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1983 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Kazuhiko Endo Yokohama Taiyo Whales P Osamu Higashio Seibu Lions
Kazuhiro Yamakura Yomiuri Giants C Nobuyuki Kagawa Nankai Hawks
Kenichi Yazawa Chunichi Dragons 1B Hiromitsu Ochiai Lotte Orions
Akinobu Mayumi Hanshin Tigers 2B Daijiro Oishi Kintetsu Buffaloes
Tatsunori Hara Yomiuri Giants 3B Steve Ontiveros Seibu Lions
Yoshihiko Takahashi Hiroshima Toyo Carp SS Hiromichi Ishige Seibu Lions
Tadashige Matsumoto Yomiuri Giants OF Koji Minoda 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 1983.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Takashi Nishimoto Yomiuri Giants P Osamu Higashio Seibu Lions
Kazuhiro Yamakura Yomiuri Giants C Masataka Nashida Kintetsu Buffaloes
Kiyoshi Nakahata Yomiuri Giants 1B Shinsaku Katahira Seibu Lions
Yutaka Takagi Yokohama Taiyo Whales 2B Daijiro Oishi Kintetsu Buffaloes
Masayuki Kakefu Hanshin Tigers 3B Hideo Furuya Nippon Ham Fighters
Daisuke Yamashita Yokohama Taiyo Whales SS Hiromichi Ishige Seibu Lions
Terufumi Kitamura Hanshin Tigers OF Yutaka Fukumoto Hankyu Braves
Tadashige Matsumoto Yomiuri Giants Koji Minoda Hankyu Braves
Kiyoyuki Nagashima Hiroshima Toyo Carp Makoto Shimada Nippon Ham Fighters

[edit] High School Baseball

The 65th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 3568 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game PL Gakuen (Osaka) defeated Yokohama High School (Kanagawa) by a score of 3 - 0.

The 55th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 32 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Ikeda High School (Tokushima) defeated Yokohama High School (Kanagawa) by a score of 3 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1983 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 16 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Komazawa University defeated Kinki University by a score of 5 - 1.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

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

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

Season First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth
Spring Kinki Kwansei Gakuin Doshisha Ritsumeikan Kansai Kyoto
Fall Doshisha Kinki Kwansei Gakuin Kansai Ritsumeikan Kyoto

[edit] International Baseball

[edit] Japanese Players in Other Countries

[edit] Hall of Fame

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

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