1971 in Japanese Baseball
|1971 in baseball|
|Cuban National League|
|<< 1970 1972 >>|
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||130||70||52||8||0.569||0.0||538||434||0.253||2.94||Tetsuharu Kawakami|
|Chunichi Dragons||130||65||60||5||0.519||6.5||437||425||0.226||2.97||Shigeru Mizuhara|
|Taiyo Whales||130||61||59||10||0.508||8.0||363||354||0.216||2.31||Kaoru Betto|
|Hiroshima Toyo Carp||130||63||61||6||0.508||8.0||422||444||0.233||3.11||Rikuo Nemoto|
|Hanshin Tigers||130||57||64||9||0.473||12.5||333||412||0.220||2.76||Minoru Murayama|
|Yakult Atoms||130||52||72||6||0.423||19.0||427||451||0.234||3.03||Osamu Mihara|
|Hankyu Braves||130||80||39||11||0.658||0.0||669||463||0.273||3.17||Yukio Nishimoto|
|Lotte Orions||130||80||46||4||0.631||3.5||654||542||0.270||3.77||Wataru Nonin, Keiji Osawa|
|Kintetsu Buffaloes||130||65||60||5||0.519||18.0||469||481||0.241||3.21||Yoshiyuki Iwamoto|
|Nankai Hawks||130||61||65||4||0.485||22.5||614||612||0.260||4.27||Katsuya Nomura|
|Toei Flyers||130||44||74||12||0.385||35.5||477||587||0.241||3.96||Kenjiro Tamiya|
|Nishitetsu Lions||130||38||84||8||0.323||43.5||425||623||0.231||4.31||Kazuhisa Inao|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|Batting Average||Shigeo Nagashima||Yomiuri Giants||.320||Shinichi Etoh||Lotte Orions||.337|
|Runs||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||92||Atsushi Nagaike||Hankyu Braves||87|
|Hits||Shigeo Nagashima||Yomiuri Giants||155||Katsuo Osugi||Toei Flyers||154|
|Doubles||Shigeru Takada||Yomiuri Giants||26||Hideji Kato||Hankyu Braves||35|
|Triples||Shozo Doi||Yomiuri Giants||5||Yutaka Fukumoto
|Home Runs||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||39||Katsuo Osugi||Toei Flyers||41|
|Runs Batted In||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||101||Hiromitsu Kadota||Nankai Hawks||120|
|Stolen Bases||Shigeru Takata||Yomiuri Giants||38||Yutaka Fukumoto||Hankyu Braves||67|
|Walks||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||121||Atsushi Nagaike||Hankyu Braves||69|
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|ERA||Kazuhiro Fujimoto||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||1.71||Hisashi Yamada||Hankyu Braves||2.37|
|Wins||Masaji Hiramatsu||Taiyo Whales||17||Masaaki Kitaru||Lotte Orions||24|
|Losses||Hiroshi Matsuoka||Yakult Atoms||15||Akira Kawahara
|Innings Pitched||Hiroshi Matsuoka||Yakult Atoms||281.2||Keishi Suzuki||Kintetsu Buffaloes||291.1|
|Appearances||Masakatsu Kotani||Taiyo Whales||58||Toshio Kanbe
|Hits Allowed||Hiroshi Matsuoka||Yakult Atoms||240||Masaaki Kitaru||Lotte Orions||245|
|Home Runs Allowed||Kazumi Takahashi||Yomiuri Giants||28||Tamehiro Kaneda||Toei Flyers||42|
|Strikeouts||Yutaka Enatsu||Hanshin Tigers||267||Keishi Suzuki||Kintetsu Buffaloes||269|
|Base-on-Balls||Hiroshi Matsuoka||Yakult Atoms||84||Osamu Higashio||Nishitetsu Lions||118|
The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Pacific League two games to one. The first game was played at Nishinomiya Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 5 - 0. The second game was played at Chunichi Stadium and was won by the PL, 4 - 0. The third game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 3 - 2.
In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Hankyu Braves (PL), 4 games to 1. It was the Giants' seventh consecutive title. The winning manager was Tetsuharu Kawakami and the series MVP was Toshimitsu Suetsugu.
There was no winner of the 1971 Sawamura Award.
|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||485||84||155||34||86||4||.320||.395||.581||Did not pitch|
|PL||Atsushi Nagaike||Hankyu Braves||OF||476||87||151||40||114||8||.317||.404||.618||Did not pitch|
|Rookie of the Year||CL||Shitoshi Sekimoto||Yomiuri Giants||P||36||2||3||0||0||0||.083||.154||.139||10 - 11||146.2||118||6||39||68||2.15|
|PL||Yasuo Minagawa||Toei Flyers||P||71||2||7||0||2||0||.099||.158||.127||11 - 14||230.1||227||22||55||96||3.44|
The following players were part of the 1971 Best Nine teams.
High School Baseball
The 53rd National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2569 schools competing for 30 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Touin Gakuen (Kanagawa) defeated Iwaki High School (Fukushima) by a score of 1 - 0.
The 43rd National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 26 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Nichidai Number Three High School (Tokyo) defeated Dai Tetsu High School (Osaka) by a score of 2 - 1.
All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series
The 1971 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Asia University defeated Hosei University by a score of 7 - 4.
Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention
In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention Nihon University defeated Asia University.
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
Tohto University Base Ball League
|Fall||1||Asia||Nihon, Komazawa||Shibaura Tech||Chuo||Toyo|
|2||Kokushikan||Senshu||Aoyama Gakuin||Kokugakuin||Rissho||Tokyo Agriculture|
|2||Aoyama Gakuin||Senshu||Kokushikan||Tokyo Agriculture||Kokugakuin||Rissho|
Kansai 6 University Baseball League
|Spring||Doshisha||Kansai||Kinki||Kwansei Gakuin||Osaka Gakuin||Ryukoku|
|Fall||Kansai||Doshisha||Kinki||Kwansei Gakuin||Osaka Gakuin||Ryukoku|
The Baltimore Orioles toured Japan in the fall of 1971. The touring team went 12 - 2 - 4 against Japanese competition.
Japanese Players in Other Countries
- Italics indicate a Major League appearance
- Bobby Fenwick: Phoenix Giants, Pacific Coast (SFG-AAA)
- Senji Oikawa: Amarillo Giants, Dixie (SFG-AA) and Phoenix Giants, Pacific Coast (SFG-AAA)
Hall of Fame
The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:
- Tokuro Konishi, by Special Committee
- Rihachi Mizuno, by Special Committee
|Japanese Baseball Seasons
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