1968 in Japanese Baseball
|1968 in baseball|
|Cuban National League|
|<< 1967 1969 >>|
Nippon Professional Baseball
- Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner
From 1950 to 1979, the official name of the Pacific League was the Taiheiyo Baseball Union.
|Yomiuri Giants||134||77||53||4||0.590||0.0||652||496||0.262||3.35||Tetsuharu Kawakami|
|Hanshin Tigers||133||72||58||3||0.553||5.0||447||419||0.230||2.67||Sadayoshi Fujimoto|
|Hiroshima Toyo Carp||134||68||62||4||0.522||9.0||420||449||0.224||2.91||Rikuo Nemoto|
|Sankei Atoms||134||64||66||4||0.493||13.0||497||497||0.239||3.28||Takehiko Bessho|
|Taiyo Whales||133||59||71||3||0.455||18.0||483||558||0.236||3.71||Kaoru Betto|
|Chunichi Dragons||134||50||80||4||0.388||27.0||499||579||0.246||3.72||Shigeru Sugishita (21-37-1)/Itsuro Honda (29-43-3)|
|Hankyu Braves||134||80||50||4||0.612||0.0||538||439||0.242||2.92||Yukio Nishimoto|
|Nankai Hawks||136||79||51||6||0.603||1.0||548||445||0.243||2.92||Kazuto Tsuruoka|
|Tokyo Orions||139||67||63||9||0.514||13.0||578||553||0.262||3.32||Wataru Nonin|
|Kintetsu Buffaloes||135||57||73||5||0.441||23.0||421||491||0.234||3.28||Osamu Mihara|
|Nishitetsu Lions||133||56||74||3||0.432||24.0||464||486||0.237||3.17||Futoshi Nakanishi|
|Toei Flyers||135||51||79||5||0.396||29.0||472||607||0.248||3.97||Hiroshi Oshita/Shigeya Iijima|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|Batting Average||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||.326||Isao Harimoto||Toei Flyers||.336|
|Runs||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||107||George Altman||Tokyo Orions||84|
|Hits||Shigeo Nagashima||Yomiuri Giants||157||George Altman||Tokyo Orions||170|
|Doubles||Taira Fujita||Hanshin Tigers||30||George Altman||Tokyo Orions||33|
|Triples||Shigeru Takada||Yomiuri Giants||9||Yoshinori Hirose
|Home Runs||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||49||Katsuya Nomura||Nankai Hawks||38|
|Runs Batted In||Shigeo Nagashima||Yomiuri Giants||125||George Altman||Tokyo Orions||100|
|Stolen Bases||Takeshi Koba||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||30||Tomonori Yasui||Kintetsu Buffaloes||54|
|Walks||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||121||Katsuya Nomura||Nankai Hawks||103|
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|ERA||Yoshiro Sotokoba||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||1.94||Mutsuo Minagawa||Nankai Hawks||1.61|
|Wins||Yutaka Enatsu||Hanshin Tigers||25||Mutsuo Minagawa||Nankai Hawks||31|
|Losses||Kentaro Ogawa||Chunichi Dragons||20||Toshiaki Moriyasu||Toei Flyers||23|
|Innings Pitched||Yutaka Enatsu||Hanshin Tigers||329.0||Keishi Suzuki||Kintetsu Buffaloes||359.0|
|Appearances||Ichiro Hiraoka||Taiyo Whales||66||Toshiaki Moriyasu||Toei Flyers||67|
|Hits Allowed||Shiroku Ishido||Sankei Swallows||251||Toshiaki Moriyasu||Toei Flyers||309|
|Home Runs Allowed||Tsuneo Horiuchi||Yomiuri Giants||31||Keishi Suzuki||Kintetsu Buffaloes||41|
|Strikeouts||Yutaka Enatsu||Hanshin Tigers||401||Keishi Suzuki||Kintetsu Buffaloes||305|
|Base-on-Balls||Tsuneo Horiuchi||Yomiuri Giants||105||Toshiaki Moriyasu||Toei Flyers||111|
The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Central League two games to one. The first game was played at Kawasaki Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 2 - 1. The second game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 8 - 3. The third game was played at Nishinomiya Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 5 - 4.
In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Hankyu Braves (PL), 4 games to 2. It was the Giants' fourth consecutive title. The winning manager was Tetsuharu Kawakami and the series MVP was Shigeru Takada.
The winner of the 1968 Sawamura Award was Yutaka Enatsu of the Hanshin Tigers. He had a 25 - 12 win-loss record, 401 strikeouts, and a 2.13 ERA in 329.0 innings.
|Award||League||Player||Team||Position||AB||R||H||HR||RBI||SB||AVG||OBP||SLG||W - L||SV||IP||HA||HRA||BB||SO||ERA|
|Most Valuable Player||CL||Shigeo Nagashima||Yomiuri Giants||3B||494||80||157||39||125||8||.318||.398||.613||Did not pitch|
|PL||Tetsuya Yoneda||Hankyu Braves||P||107||11||16||5||10||0||.150||.216||.308||29 - 13||348.2||302||27||105||237||2.79|
|Rookie of the Year||CL||Shigeru Takada||Yomiuri Giants||OF||346||75||104||9||30||23||.301||.388||.486||Did not pitch|
|PL||Not Awarded||Not Available|
The following players were part of the 1968 Best Nine teams.
High School Baseball
The 50th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2485 schools competing for 48 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Kokoku High School (Osaka) defeated Shizuoka High School (Shizuoka) by a score of 1 - 0.
The 40th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 30 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Omiya Kogyo High School (Saitama) defeated Onomichi High School (Hiroshima) by a score of 3 - 2.
All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series
The 1968 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Hosei University defeated Komazawa University by a score of 12 - 3.
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
Tohto University Base Ball League
|2||Kokugakuin||Nihon||Kokushikan||Aoyama Gakuin||Tokyo Agriculture||Gakushuin|
|2||Nihon||Aoyama Gakuin||Kokushikan||Tokyo Agriculture||Kokugakuin||Rissho|
Kansai 6 University Baseball League
|Fall||Kinki||Kansai||Ryukoku||Doshisha||Osaka Commerce||Kwansei Gakuin|
The St. Louis Cardinals toured Japan in the fall of 1968. The touring team went 13 - 5 - 0 against Japanese competition.
Japanese Players in Other Countries
- Italics indicate a Major League appearance
Hall of Fame
The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:
- Ichizo Kobayashi, by Special Committee
- Sotaro Suzuki, by Special Committee
- Munehide Tanabe, by Special Committee
|Japanese Baseball Seasons
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