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1987 in Japanese baseball

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[edit] Nippon Professional Baseball

Sachio Kinugasa of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp appears in his 2131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig's record. He would go on to play in 2215 consecutive games.

[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 76 43 11 0.627 0.0 608 447 0.281 3.06 Sadaharu Oh
Chunichi Dragons 130 68 51 11 0.565 8.0 571 492 0.265 3.64 Senichi Hoshino
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 65 55 10 0.538 11.5 549 450 0.268 3.14 Junro Anan
Yakult Swallows 130 58 64 8 0.477 19.5 553 637 0.260 4.51 Junzo Sekine
Yokohama Taiyo Whales 130 56 68 6 0.454 22.5 516 601 0.259 4.26 Takeshi Koba
Hanshin Tigers 130 41 83 6 0.338 37.5 437 607 0.242 4.36 Yoshio Yoshida

[edit] Pacific League

Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA AVG ERA Manager(s)
Seibu Lions 130 71 45 14 0.600 0.0 525 434 0.249 2.96 Masahiko Mori
Hankyu Braves 130 64 56 10 0.531 9.0 584 542 0.272 3.89 Toshiharu Ueda
Nippon Ham Fighters 130 63 60 7 0.512 11.5 561 562 0.259 3.96 Shigeru Takada
Nankai Hawks 130 57 63 10 0.477 16.0 505 556 0.261 3.86 Tadashi Sugiura
Lotte Orions 130 51 65 14 0.446 20.0 518 525 0.264 3.67 Michiyo Arito
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 52 69 9 0.435 21.5 528 599 0.270 4.22 Isami Okamoto

[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 Kozo Shoda
Kazunori Shinozuka
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Yomiuri Giants
.330 Hiromasa Arai Kintetsu Buffaloes .366
Runs Hiromitsu Ochiai Chunichi Dragons 83 Tony Brewer Nippon Ham Fighters 85
Hits Jim Paciorek Yokohama Taiyo Whales 165 Hiromasa Arai Kintetsu Buffaloes 184
Doubles Hiromitsu Ochiai Chunichi Dragons 33 Boomer Wells Hankyu Braves 30
Triples Yutaka Takagi
Kaname Yashiki
Kiyoyuki Nagashima
Yokohama Taiyo Whales
Yokohama Taiyo Whales
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
5 Hiromasa Arai
Masayuki Yokota
Kintetsu Buffaloes
Lotte Orions
5
Home Runs Rick Lancellotti Hiroshima Toyo Carp 39 Koji Akiyama Seibu Lions 43
Runs Batted In Carlos Ponce Yokohama Taiyo Whales 98 Boomer Wells Hankyu Braves 119
Stolen Bases Kaname Yashiki Yokohama Taiyo Whales 48 Norifumi Nishimura
Daijiro Oishi
Lotte Orions
Kintetsu Buffaloes
41
Walks Hiromitsu Ochiai Chunichi Dragons 81 Kazuhiro Kiyohara Seibu Lions 80

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Central League Pacific League
Leader Team Number Leader Team Number
ERA Masumi Kuwata Yomiuri Giants 2.17 Kimiyasu Kudoh Seibu Lions 2.41
Wins Tatsuo Komatsu Chunichi Dragons 17 Yukihiko Yamaoki Hankyu Braves 19
Losses Takao Obana Yakult Swallows 15 Takanori Yamauchi Nankai Hawks 14
Saves Genji Kaku Chunichi Dragons 26 Kazuhiko Ushijima Lotte Orions 24
Save Points Genji Kaku Chunichi Dragons 30 Kazuhiko Ushijima Lotte Orions 26
Innings Pitched Masumi Kuwata Yomiuri Giants 207.2 Hideyuki Awano Kintetsu Buffaloes 249.2
Appearances Yoshitaka Katori Yomiuri Giants 63 Takaaki Ishimoto Kintetsu Buffaloes 50
Hits Allowed Takao Obana Yakult Swallows 227 Takanori Yamauchi Nankai Hawks 240
Home Runs Allowed Daisuke Araki Yakult Swallows 29 Kazuyoshi Ono Kintetsu Buffaloes 36
Strikeouts Kazuhisa Kawaguchi Hiroshima Toyo Carp 184 Hideyuki Awano Kintetsu Buffaloes 201
Base-on-Balls Koji Nakata Hanshin Tigers 74 Katsuo So Lotte Orions 75

[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 Seibu Lions Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 7 - 4. The second game was played at Yokohama Stadium and was won by the PL, 8 - 3. The third game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 9 - 7.

[edit] Postseason

In the Nippon Series, the Seibu Lions (PL) defeated the Yomiuri Giants (CL), 4 games to 2. The winning manager was Masahiko Mori and the series MVP was Kimiyasu Kudo.

[edit] Award Winners

The winner of the 1987 Sawamura Award was Masumi Kuwata of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 15 - 6 win-loss record, 151 strikeouts, and a 2.17 ERA in 207.2 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 Kazuhiro Yamakura Yomiuri Giants C 395 46 108 22 66 3 .273 .362 .486 Did not pitch
PL Osamu Higashio Seibu Lions P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 15 - 9 0 222.2 215 16 29 85 2.59
Rookie of the Year CL Yukio Arai Yakult Swallows OF 372 52 112 9 38 2 .301 .360 .444 Did not pitch
PL Hideyuki Awano Kintetsu Buffaloes P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .--- .--- .--- 15 - 12 0 249.2 211 27 58 201 2.88

[edit] Best Nine

The following players were part of the 1987 Best Nine teams.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Masumi Kuwata Yomiuri Giants P Kimiyasu Kudo Seibu Lions
Kazuhiro Yamakura Yomiuri Giants C Tsutomu Ito Seibu Lions
Randy Bass Hanshin Tigers 1B Boomer Wells Hankyu Braves
Kazunori Shinozuka Yomiuri Giants 2B Kazuyuki Shirai Nippon Ham Fighters
Tatsunori Hara Yomiuri Giants 3B Hiromichi Ishige Seibu Lions
Masaru Uno Chunichi Dragons SS Yoshio Mizukami Lotte Orions
Warren Cromartie Yomiuri Giants OF Koji Akiyama Seibu Lions
Carlos Ponce Yokohama Taiyo Whales Hiromasa Arai Kintetsu Buffaloes
Sadaaki Yoshimura Yomiuri Giants Tony Brewer Nippon Ham Fighters
DH Kazuhiko Ishimine Hankyu Braves

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 1987.

Central League Position Pacific League
Player Team Player Team
Masumi Kuwata Yomiuri Giants P Osamu Higashio Seibu Lions
Kazuhiro Yamakura Yomiuri Giants C Tsutomu Ito Seibu Lions
Kiyoshi Nakahata Yomiuri Giants 1B Boomer Wells Hankyu Braves
Kozo Shoda Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2B Kazuyuki Shirai Nippon Ham Fighters
Tatsunori Hara Yomiuri Giants 3B Hiromichi Ishige Seibu Lions
Katsuo Hirata Hanshin Tigers SS Keijiro Yumioka Hankyu Braves
Kiyoyuki Nagashima Hiroshima Toyo Carp OF Hiromasa Arai Kintetsu Buffaloes
Kaname Yashiki Yokohama Taiyo Whales Koji Akiyama Seibu Lions
Ryuzo Yamasaki Hiroshima Toyo Carp Makoto Shimada Nippon Ham Fighters
Hideaki Takazawa Lotte Orions

[edit] High School Baseball

The 69th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 3900 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game PL Gakuen (Osaka) defeated Josou Gakuin (Ibaraki) by a score of 5 - 2.

The 59th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 32 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game PL Gakuen High School (Osaka) defeated Kanto Number One High School (Tokyo) by a score of 7 - 1.

[edit] University Baseball

[edit] All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series

The 1987 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 16 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Keio University defeated Tohoku Fukushi University by a score of 3 - 2.

[edit] Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention

In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention University of Tsukuba defeated Hosei University.

[edit] Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

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

[edit] Tohto University Base Ball League

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

[edit] Kansai 6 University Baseball League

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

[edit] International Baseball

In the eighth Intercontinental Cup in Cuba, the Japanese national baseball team won a bronze medal.


[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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