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The National High School Baseball Championship of Japan, commonly known as "Summer Koshien", is an annual nationwide high school baseball tournament and was first held in 1915. The tournament, organized by the Japan High School Baseball Federation and Asahi Shimbun, takes place during the school summer vacation. It culminates in a two-week final tournament stage in August of 49 teams at Hanshin Koshien Stadium.

The 49 schools taking part represent each of the prefectures of Japan (with two from Hokkaido and Tokyo). The participating teams are the winners prefectural qualification tournaments held from June to August. Thus thousands of teams participate as opposed to the much smaller invite-only National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament held in the spring.

The preliminary brackets are determined by random draw several days prior to the tournament. Because of the odd number of teams, about two-thirds of the teams will have to play one extra game to make it to the "Best 8". Once reaching the "Best 8" another random draw determines the matchups. Another draw is done on the 2nd day of "Best 8" matches to determine semifinal matches. This can make for serious drama as teams hope to pick a favorable draw.

The tournament was first held at Koshien in 1924, prior to that it had been held at Toyonaka Sports Ground (1915-1916) and Naruo Baseball Stadium (1917-1918).

In the past teams from overseas have participated in the tournament. Korea fielded teams from 1921 to 1940; both Taiwan and Manchuria had teams participate from 1923 to 1940.

[edit] Finals Results

Year Qualifying
Teams
Finals
Teams
Date Champion Score Runner-up Notes
1
1915
73 10 August 23 Kyoto Number Two Central (Kyoto) 2 - 1 Akita Central (Akita)
2
1916
115 12 August 20 Keio University High School (Tokyo) 6 - 2 Ichioka Central (Osaka)
3
1917
118 12 August 20 Aichi Number One Central (Aichi) 0 - 1
1 - 0
Kansai Gakuin Central (Hyogo) The first game was rained out after 3 innings
4
1918
137 14 The tournament was cancelled due to the Rice Riots.
5
1919
134 14 August 19 Kobe Ichi Central (Hyogo) 7 - 4 Nagano Shihan (Nagano)
6
1920
157 15 August 19 Kansai Gakuin Central (Hyogo) 17 - 0 Keio Futsubu (Tokyo)
7
1921
207 17 August 18 Wakayama Central (Wakayama) 16 - 4 Kyoto Number One (Kyoto)
8
1922
229 17 August 18 Wakayama Central (Wakayama) 8 - 4 Kobe (Hyogo)
9
1923
243 19 August 20 Kouyou Central (Hyogo) 5 - 2 Wakayama Central (Wakayama)
10
1924
263 19 August 19 Hiroshima (Hiroshima) 3 - 0 Matsumoto (Nagano)
11
1925
302 21 August 23 Takamatsu (Kagawa) 5 - 3 Waseda Jitsugyo (Tokyo)
12
1926
337 22 August 20 Shizuoka Central (Shizuoka) 2 - 1 Tairen (Manchuria)
13
1927
389 22 August 20 Takamatsu (Kagawa) 5 - 1 Kouryo Central (Hiroshima)
14
1928
410 22 August 22 Matsumoto (Nagano) 3 - 1 Heian (Kyoto)
15
1929
465 22 August 20 Hiroshima (Hiroshima) 3 - 0 Kaisou Central (Wakayama)
16
1930
541 22 August 20 Hiroshima (Hiroshima) 8 - 2 Suwa Sanshi (Nagano)
17
1931
634 22 August 21 Chukyo (Aichi) 4 - 0 Yoshimi Gi Nourin (Taiwan)
18
1932
660 22 August 21 Chukyo (Aichi) 4 - 3 Matsuyama (Ehime)
19
1933
671 22 August 20 Chukyo (Aichi) 2 - 1 Heian (Kyoto)
20
1934
675 22 August 20 Gokou Central (Hiroshima) 2 - 0 Kumamoto Kougyou (Kumamoto)
21
1935
666 22 August 21 Matsuyama (Ehime) 6 - 1 Ikuei (Hyogo)
22
1936
665 22 August 20 Gifu (Gifu) 9 - 1 Heian (Kyoto)
23
1937
654 22 August 20 Chukyo (Aichi) 3 - 1 Kumamoto Kougyou (Kumamoto)
24
1938
633 22 August 21 Heian (Kyoto) 2 - 1 Gifu (Gifu)
25
1939
608 22 August 20 Kaisou Central (Wakayama) 5 - 0 Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi) Seiichi Shima throws a no-hitter.
26
1940
617 22 August 19 Kaisou Central (Wakayama) 2 - 1 Shimada (Shizuoka)
27
1941
The 27th annual tournament was to be held but cancelled due to World War II
From 1942 to 1945 the tournament was not held due to World War II
28
1946
745 19 August 21 Naniwa (Osaka) 2 - 0 Kyoto Number Two Central (Kyoto)
29
1947
1125 19 August 19 Kokura Central (Fukuoka) 6 - 3 Gifu (Gifu)
30
1948
1256 23 August 20 Kokura (Fukuoka) 1 - 0 Touin (Wakayama)
31
1949
1365 23 August 20 Shounan (Kanagawa) 5 - 3 Gifu (Gifu)
32
1950
1536 23 August 21 Matsuyama Higashi (Ehime) 12 - 8 Naruto (Tokushima)
33
1951
1633 23 August 19 Heian (Kyoto) 7 - 4 Kumagai (Saitama)
34
1952
1653 23 August 20 Ashiya (Hyogo) 4 - 1 Yatsuo (Osaka)
35
1953
1701 23 August 20 Matsuyama (Ehime) 3 - 2 Tosa (Kochi)
36
1954
1705 23 August 22 Chukyo (Aichi) 3 - 0 Shizuoka (Shizuoka)
37
1955
1721 23 August 17 Yokkaichi (Mie) 4 - 1 Sakaide (Kagawa)
38
1956
1739 23 August 20 Heian (Kyoto) 3 - 2 Gifu (Gifu)
39
1957
1769 23 August 20 Hiroshima (Hiroshima) 3 - 1 Hosei Number Two (Kanagawa)
40
1958
1807 47 August 19 Yanai (Yamaguchi) 7 - 0 Tokushima (Tokushima)
41
1959
1864 29 August 18 Saijo (Ehime) 8 - 2 Utsunomiya Kougyou (Tochigi)
42
1960
1903 30 August 21 Hosei Number Two (Kanagawa) 3 - 0 Shizuoka (Shizuoka)
43
1961
1941 30 August 20 Nami (Osaka) 1 - 0 Touin (Wakayama)
44
1962
1996 30 August 19 Sakushin Gakuin (Tochigi) 1 - 0 Kurume (Fukuoka)
45
1963
2106 48 August 20 Myojo (Osaka) 2 - 1 Shimonoseki (Yamaguchi)
46
1964
2270 30 August 18 Kochi (Kochi) 2 - 0 Hayatomo (Yamaguchi)
47
1965
2363 30 August 18 Miike Kougyou (Fukuoka) 2 - 0 Choshi (Chiba)
48
1966
2415 30 August 24 Chukyo (Aichi) 3 - 1 Matsuyama (Ehime)
49
1967
2460 30 August 20 Narashino (Chiba) 7 - 1 Kouryo (Hiroshima)
50
1968
2485 48 August 22 Kokoku (Osaka) 1 - 0 Shizuoka (Shizuoka)
51
1969
2523 30 August 18
August 19
Matsuyama (Ehime) 0 - 0
4 - 2
Misawa (Aomori) The first game was called after 18 innings; Koji Ohta pitched every inning and then appeared again the next day.
52
1970
2547 30 August 20 Tokai Dai Sagami (Kanagawa) 10 - 6 PL Gakuen (Osaka)
53
1971
2569 30 August 16 Touin Gakuen (Kanagawa) 1 - 0 Iwaki (Fukushima)
54
1972
2614 30 August 23 Tsukumi (Oita) 3 - 1 Yanai (Yamaguchi)
55
1973
2660 48 August 22 Hiroshima (Hiroshima) 3 - 2 Shizuoka (Shizuoka)
56
1974
2709 34 August 19 Choshi Shogyo (Chiba) 7 - 0 Hofu (Yamaguchi)
57
1975
2798 38 August 24 Narashino (Chiba) 5 - 4 Niihama (Ehime)
58
1976
2893 41 August 21 Obirin (West Tokyo) 4 - 3 PL Gakuen (Osaka)
59
1977
2985 41 August 20 Toyodai Himeji (Hyogo) 4 - 1 Higashikuni (Aichi) The game is won on a three-run sayonara homerun in the bottom of the tenth.
60
1978
3074 49 August 20 PL Gakuen (Osaka) 3 - 2 Kochi (Kochi)
61
1979
3170 49 August 21 Minoshima (Wakayama) 4 - 3 Ikeda (Tokushima)
62
1980
3270 49 August 22 Yokohama (Kanagawa) 6 - 4 Waseda Jitsugyo (East Tokyo)
63
1981
3394 49 August 21 Houtoku Gakuen (Hyogo) 2 - 0 Kyoto (Kyoto)
64
1982
3466 49 August 20 Ikeda (Tokushima) 12 - 2 Hiroshima (Hiroshima)
65
1983
3568 49 August 21 PL Gakuen (Osaka) 3 - 0 Yokohama (Kanagawa)
66
1984
3705 49 August 21 Toride Number Two (Ibaraki) 8 - 4 PL Gakuen (Osaka)
67
1985
3791 49 August 21 PL Gakuen (Osaka) 4 - 3 Ube (Yamaguchi)
68
1986
3847 49 August 21 Tenri Koukou (Nara) 3 - 2 Matsuyama (Ehime)
69
1987
3900 49 August 21 PL Gakuen (Osaka) 5 - 2 Josou Gakuin (Ibaraki)
70
1988
3958 49 August 22 Hiroshima (Hiroshima) 1 - 0 Fukuoka Number One (Fukuoka)
71
1989
3990 49 August 22 Teikyo (East Tokyo) 2 - 0 Sendai Ikuei (Miyagi)
72
1990
4027 49 August 21 Tenri Koukou (Nara) 1 - 0 Okinawa Suisan (Okinawa)
73
1991
4046 49 August 21 Osaka Toin (Osaka) 13 - 8 Okinawa Suisan (Okinawa)
74
1992
4059 49 August 25 Nishi Nihon Tandai Fuzoku (Fukuoka) 1 - 0 Takudai Koryo (Chiba)
75
1993
4071 49 August 23 Ikuei (Hyogo) 3 - 2 Kasugabe Kyoei (Saitama)
76
1994
4088 49 August 21 Saga (Saga) 8 - 4 Shounan (Kagoshima)
77
1995
4098 49 August 21 Teikyo (East Tokyo) 3 - 1 Seiryo (Ishikawa)
78
1996
4089 49 August 21 Matsuyama (Ehime) 6 - 3 Kumamoto Kougyou (Kumamoto)
79
1997
4093 49 August 21 Chiben Wakayama (Wakayama) 6 - 3 Heian (Kyoto)
80
1998
4102 55 August 22 Yokohama (East Kanagawa) 3 - 0 Kyoto Seishou (Kyoto) Daisuke Matsuzaka throws a no-hitter.
81
1999
4096 49 August 21 Kiryu Number One (Gumma) 14 - 1 Okayama Ridaifu (Okayama)
82
2000
4119 49 August 21 Chiben Wakayama (Wakayama) 11 - 6 Tokaidai Urayasu (Chiba)
83
2001
4150 49 August 22 Nichidai Number Three (West Tokyo) 5 - 2 Oumi (Shiga)
84
2002
4163 49 August 21 Meitoku Gijuku (Kochi) 7 - 2 Chiben Wakayama (Wakayama)
85
2003
4163 49 August 23 Josou Gakuin (Ibaraki) 4 - 2 Tohoku (Miyagi)
86
2004
4146 49 August 22 Komadai Tomakomai
(South Hokkaido)
13 - 10 Saibi (Ehime)
87
2005
4137 49 August 20 Komadai Tomakomai
(South Hokkaido)
5 - 3 Kyoto Gaidai Nishi (Kyoto)
88
2006
4112 49 August 20
August 21
Waseda Jitsugyo (West Tokyo) 1 - 1
4 - 3
Komadai Tomakomai
(South Hokkaido)
Waseda Jitsugyo's Saitou Yuuki threw 6 complete games, 69 innings, and 948 pitches over the 2-week span, including 4 complete games, 43 innings and 553 pitches, in the final 4 days of the tournament.
89
2007
4081 49 August 22 Saga Kita (Saga) 5 - 4 Kouryou (Hiroshima) Kouryou takes a 4-0 lead behind the efforts of ace P Nomura who faces one more than the minimum through 7 innings. In the bottom of the 8th, the game suddenly falls apart as Nomura gives up a bases loaded walk followed by a grand slam home run by Soejima to lift Saga Kita to the title.
90
2008
4059 55 August 18 Osaka Toin (Osaka) 17 - 0 Tokoha Gakuen Kikugawa (Shizuoka) Okumura opens the game with a grand slam home run in the first inning as the offensive juggernaut overwhelmed Tokoha Kikugawa. Tokoha never got the big inning that propelled the team all the way to the championship, and Osaka Toin's ace Fukushima Yuuto pitches a complete game 5-hit shutout for the win.
91
2009
4041 49 August 24 Chukyo High School (Aichi) 10 - 9 Nihon Bunri (Niigata) Chukyo holds a 10-4 lead going into the 9th. They place struggling ace Doubayashi Shouta back on the mound for the final inning. But with 2 outs Nihon Bunri comes back with a comeback for the ages, forcing Doubayashi off the mound and scoring 5 runs. The tying runner stood on 3rd base when Wakabayashi lines out to 3rd to end the game. Had they completed the comeback, they would have been the first Niigata team to win the title.
92
2010
August 21 Kounan High School (Okinawa) 13 - 1 Toukaidai Sagami (Kanagawa) Shimabukuro Yousuke and Kounan dominate the field, completing the 6th Haru-Natsu sweep in Koshien history while giving Okinawa their first ever Natsu Koshien champion.
93
2011
August 20 Nichidaisan High School (Tokyo) 11 - 0 Kosei Gakuin (Aomori) Kentaro Yoshinaga throws a 5-hitter, while Shun Takayama hits a 3-run homer in the romp
94
2012
August 23 Osaka Toin High School (Osaka) 3 - 0 Kosei Gakuin (Aomori) Shintaro Fujinami fans 14 in a 2-hitter to wrap up the title, as Osaka Toin becomes the 6th school to win the spring and summer Koshiens in the same year.
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