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Kenshi Zenimura (Harvey, Kurohyo)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 140 lb.

The son of Kenichi Zenimura and brother of Kenso Zenimura, Kenshi Zenimura became the first foreign player on the Hiroshima Carp when he joined them in 1953; his brother would join later that year. An outfielder, Harvey hit .264/.326/.356 as a rookie. On July 15, he set a Central League record for outfield assists with three. In 1954, he batted .259/.302/.342 with 27 steals in 36 tries and made the All-Star team. The '55 season led to a decline to .215/.253/.291 with 19 steals in 23 attempts. He batted .178/.221/.215 in 1956, struggling in 163 AB over 77 games. Overall, he hit .237/.283/.314 and stole 70 in 96 tries. He roomed for a time with another speedy American outfielder on the Carp, Satoshi Hirayama. After retiring from baseball, Zenimura opened a Japanese restaurant in his hometown of Fresno.

Source: Japanbaseballdaily.com by Gary Garland

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