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The Sawamura Award is given to the top pitcher in Nippon Pro Baseball annually. On a few rare occasions, no pitcher has been found worthy of winning, while on a couple occasions, two pitchers shared the award. The award is named in honor of Eiji Sawamura, the first great pitcher in Japanese baseball history. While many foreign players have won MVP Awards, only one has ever captured the Sawamura - Gene Bacque in 1964.

The main seven standards used by the committee are 15 wins, a 2.50 ERA, 10 complete games, 200 innings, 150 strikeouts, 25 games and a .600 winning percentage.


[edit] Sawamura Award Winners

Year Player Team G W L IP CG SO ERA
1947 Takehiko Bessho Nankai Hawks 55 30 19 448.3 47 191 1.86
1948 Hiroshi Nakao Yomiuri Giants 47 27 12 343 25 187 1.84
1949 Hideo Fujimoto Yomiuri Giants 39 24 7 288 29 137 1.94
1950 Shigeo Sanada Shochiku Robins 61 39 12 395.7 28 191 3.05
1951 Shigeru Sugishita Chunichi Dragons 58 28 13 290.3 15 147 2.35
1952 Shigeru Sugishita Chunichi Dragons 61 32 14 355.7 25 160 2.33
1953 Takumi Otomo Yomiuri Giants 43 27 6 281.3 22 173 1.85
1954 Shigeru Sugishita Chunichi Dragons 63 32 12 395.3 27 273 1.39
1955 Takehiko Bessho Yomiuri Giants 50 23 8 312 17 152 1.33
1956 Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 68 25 20 367.3 24 316 1.74
1957 Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 61 28 16 353 25 306 1.63
1958 Masaichi Kaneda Kokutetsu Swallows 56 31 14 332.3 22 311 1.30
1959 Minoru Murayama Hanshin Tigers 54 18 10 295.3 19 294 1.19
1960 Ritsuo Horimoto Yomiuri Giants 69 29 18 364.7 26 210 2.00
1961 Hiroshi Gondo Chunichi Dragons 69 35 19 429.3 32 310 1.70
1962 Masaaki Koyama Hanshin Tigers 47 27 11 352.7 26 270 1.66
1963 Yoshiaki Ito Yomiuri Giants 39 19 8 236.3 18 166 1.90
1964 Gene Bacque Hanshin Tigers 46 29 9 353.3 24 200 1.89
1965 Minoru Murayama Hanshin Tigers 39 25 13 307.7 26 205 1.96
1966 Minoru Murayama
Tsuneo Horiuchi
Hanshin Tigers
Yomiuri Giants
38
33
24
16
9
2
290.3
181.0
24
14
207
117
1.55

1.39

1967 Kentaro Ogawa Chunichi Dragons 55 29 12 279.7 16 178 2.51
1968 Yutaka Enatsu Hanshin Tigers 49 25 12 329 26 401 2.13
1969 Kazumi Takahashi Yomiuri Giants 45 22 5 256 19 221 2.21
1970 Masaji Hiramatsu Taiyo Whales 51 25 19 332.7 23 182 1.95
1971 Not awarded
1972 Tsuneo Horiuchi Yomiuri Giants 48 26 9 312 26 203 2.91
1973 Kazumi Takahashi Yomiuri Giants 45 23 13 306.3 24 238 2.21
1974 Senichi Hoshino Chunichi Dragons 49 15 9 188 7 137 2.87
1975 Yoshiro Sotokoba Hiroshima Toyo Carp 41 20 13 287 17 193 2.95
1976 Kojiro Ikegaya Hiroshima Toyo Carp 51 20 15 290.3 18 207 3.26
1977 Shigeru Kobayashi Yomiuri Giants 42 18 8 216.3 11 155 2.92
1978 Hiroshi Matsuoka Yakult Swallows 43 16 11 199.3 11 119 3.75
1979 Shigeru Kobayashi Hanshin Tigers 37 22 9 273.7 17 200 2.89
1980 Not awarded
1981 Takashi Nishimoto Yomiuri Giants 34 18 12 257.7 14 126 2.58
1982 Manabu Kitabeppu Hiroshima Toyo Carp 36 20 8 267.3 19 184 2.43
1983 Kazuhiko Endo Yokohama Taiyo Whales 36 18 9 238.3 16 186 2.87
1984 Not awarded
1985 Tatsuo Komatsu Chunichi Dragons 33 17 8 210.3 14 172 2.65
1986 Manabu Kitabeppu Hiroshima Toyo Carp 30 18 4 230 17 123 2.43
1987 Masumi Kuwata Yomiuri Giants 28 15 6 207.7 14 151 2.17
1988 Yutaka Ono Hiroshima Toyo Carp 24 13 7 185 14 183 1.70
1989 Masaki Saito Yomiuri Giants 30 20 7 245 21 182 1.62
1990 Hideo Nomo Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 29 18 8 235 21 287 2.91
1991 Shinji Sasaoka Hiroshima Toyo Carp 33 17 9 240 13 213 2.44
1992 Takehiro Ishii Seibu Lions 27 15 3 148.3 8 123 1.94
1993 Shinji Imanaka Chunichi Dragons 31 17 7 249 14 247 2.20
1994 Masahiro Yamamoto Chunichi Dragons 29 19 8 214 14 148 3.49
1995 Masaki Saito Yomiuri Giants 28 18 10 213 16 187 2.70
1996 Masaki Saito Yomiuri Giants 25 16 4 187 8 158 2.36
1997 Fumiya Nishiguchi Seibu Lions 32 15 5 207.7 10 192 3.12
1998 Kenjiro Kawasaki Yakult Swallows 29 17 10 204.3 9 94 3.04
1999 Koji Uehara Yomiuri Giants 25 20 4 197.7 12 179 2.09
2000 Not awarded
2001 Daisuke Matsuzaka Seibu Lions 33 15 15 240.3 12 214 3.60
2002 Koji Uehara Yomiuri Giants 26 17 5 204 8 182 2.60
2003 Kei Igawa
Kazumi Saito
Hanshin Tigers
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks
29
26
20
20
3
5
206
194
8
5
179
160
2.80
2.83
2004 Kenshin Kawakami Chunichi Dragons 27 17 7 192.3 5 176 3.32
2005 Toshiya Sugiuchi Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 26 18 4 196.7 8 218 2.11
2006 Kazumi Saito Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 26 18 5 201 8 205 1.75
2007 Yu Darvish Nippon Ham Fighters 26 15 5 207.7 12 210 1.82
2008 Hisashi Iwakuma Rakuten Golden Eagles 28 21 4 201.7 5 159 1.87
2009 Hideaki Wakui Seibu Lions 27 16 6 211.7 11 199 2.30
2010 Kenta Maeda Hiroshima Carp 28 15 8 215.7 6 174 2.21
2011 Masahiro Tanaka Rakuten Golden Eagles 27 19 5 226.3 14 241 1.27
2012 Tadashi Settsu Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 27 17 5 193.3 3 153 1.91
2013 Masahiro Tanaka Rakuten Golden Eagles 28 24 0 212 8 183 1.27
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