1968 NPB All-Star Game

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There were three 1968 NPB All-Star Games.

Game 1[edit]

Game 1 took place July 23 at Kawasaki Baseball Stadium with an attendance of 25,459. It was the first NPB All-Star Game to start and end with a homer. The Pacific League's Art Lopez began the game with a first-pitch dinger off the CL's Gentaro Shimada but Shimada, Yutaka Enatsu, Kentaro Ogawa and Yoshiro Sotokoba blanked the Pacific League the rest of the day. Shinichi Eto ended it in the 10th with a long ball off Shigeo Ishii to win game MVP.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Pacific 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Central 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 1

Players used[edit]

Pacific League Starting Lineup

  1. Art Lopez, CF (Tokyo Orions)
  2. Kihachi Enomoto, 1B (Tokyo)
  3. Masahiro Doi, RF (Kintetsu Buffaloes)
  4. Isao Harimoto, LF (Toei Flyers
  5. Katsuya Nomura, C (Nankai Hawks
  6. Kazuhide Funada, 3B (Nishitetsu Lions)
  7. Toshizo Sakamoto, SS (Hankyu Braves)
  8. Don Blasingame, 2B (Nankai)
  9. Masaaki Ikenaga, P (Nishitetsu)

Backups Used

Manager

Coaches

Central League Starting Lineup

  1. Kazuhiko Kondo, CF (Taiyo Whales)
  2. Shozo Doi, 2B (Yomiuri Giants)
  3. Sadaharu Oh, 1B (Yomiuri)
  4. Shigeo Nagashima, 3B (Yomiuri)
  5. Shinichi Eto, LF (Chunichi Dragons)
  6. Dave Roberts, RF (Sankei Atoms)
  7. Shuhei Ichieda, SS (Chunichi)
  8. Isao Ito, C (Taiyo)
  9. Gentaro Shimada, P (Taiyo)

Backups Used

Manager

Coaches

Umpires[edit]

Game 2[edit]

Game 2 was held the next day in front of 29,475 at Korakuen Baseball Stadium. The CL won in a higher-scoring affair, led by the 1-2 Yomiuri punch of Isao Shibata and Sadaharu Oh. Shibata was 3 for 4 with a walk, steal, homer, 3 runs and a RBI while Oh was 3 for 4 with two runs. Sohachi Aniya got the win over Keishi Suzuki. Katsuya Nomura was a bright spot for the PL, going 3 for 3 with a walk and a home run.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pacific 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 7 0
Central 1 0 3 1 0 0 3 0 - 8 13 3

Players used[edit]

Pacific League Starting Lineup

  1. Lopez, 1B
  2. Sakamoto, SS
  3. Harimoto, LF
  4. Doi, RF
  5. Nomura, C
  6. Nagaike, CF
  7. Funada, 3B
  8. Blasingame, 2B
  9. Keishi Suzuki, P

Backups Used

Central League Starting Lineup

  1. Shibata, CF
  2. Oh, 1B
  3. Nagashima, 3B
  4. Eto, LF
  5. Yamamoto, RF
  6. Ichieda, SS
  7. Takashi Tanaka, C (Hiroshima)
  8. Sohachi Aniya, P (Hiroshima)
  9. Doi, 2B

Backups Used

Umpires[edit]

  • Isao Okada, 砂川恵玄, 大里晴信, Oki, Otani, 大野正隆

Game 3[edit]

The CL had already won the series for the year, but the PL saved face by winning Game 3 on July 25, another extra-inning affair. The CL had tied it in the 9th just as they did in Game 1. 22,866 showed up at Nishinomiya Baseball Stadium. Kenji Koike was named MVP after a 3-for-3 day with a homer and four RBI. Toshiaki Moriyasu got the win over Shimada.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Central 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 14 0
Pacific 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 5 9 2

Players used[edit]

Central League Starting Lineup

  1. Shibata, CF
  2. Oh, 1B
  3. Nagashima, 3B
  4. Eto, LF
  5. Yamamoto, RF
  6. Ichieda, SS
  7. Ito, C
  8. Gene Bacque, P (Hanshin)
  9. Doi, 2B

Backups Used

  • Kondo, CF
  • Roberts, RF
  • Mori, C
  • Takada, PR
  • Tanaka, C
  • Matsubara, PH
  • Sotokoba, P
  • Kuroe, PH
  • Masatoshi Gondo, P (Hanshin)
  • Enatsu, P
  • Horiuchi, PR
  • Shimada, P
  • Chihara, PH
  • Takegami, 2B

Pacific League Starting Lineup

  1. Enomoto, 1B
  2. Lopez, CF
  3. Doi, RF
  4. Harimoto, LF
  5. Nomura, C
  6. Blasingame, 2B
  7. Sakamoto, SS
  8. Funada, 3B
  9. Katsuji Sakai, P (Kintetsu)

Backups Used

  • Nagaike, CF
  • Yanagida, CF
  • Ikenaga, PR
  • Motoi, PH
  • Koike, SS
  • Ito, PH
  • Kajimoto, P
  • Koichiro Sasaki, P (Kintetsu)
  • Suzuki, P
  • Sato, P
  • Kunisada, PH
  • Moriyasu, P

Umpires[edit]

  • Y. Okada, Takemoto, 砂川恵玄, Otani, 大野正隆, I. Okada

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