From BR Bullpen
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 8", Weight 160 lb.
Takabayashi joined the Yomiuri Giants in 1961 and hit .219/.279/.275 in 119 games. He led the Central League in sacrifice hits. He made the All-Star team, presumably due to his collegiate fame. In 1962, he played 80 games but only had 105 AB, batting .152/.233/.210. He moved to the Kokutetsu Swallows in 1963 and hit .222/.308/.299 as a regular. His 6 triples tied for Morimichi Takagi and Shigeo Nagashima for the lead in the Central League. In 112 games in 1964, he batted .207/.289/.292 and stole 16 bases in 21 tries. He finished his NPB career in 1965 by hitting .234/.313/.291 in 132 games and being caught in 11 of 21 attempts to steal.
In 581 games in NPB, Takabayashi had hit .217/.295/.285 with 37 stolen bases in 65 attempts.
After retiring, he ran a used book store in Jimbo-cho, Tokyo.