1972 in Japanese Baseball
|1972 in baseball|
|Cuban National League|
|<< 1971 1973 >>|
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||74||52||4||0.585||0.0||587||492||0.255||3.43||Tetsuharu Kawakami|
|Hanshin Tigers||130||71||56||3||0.558||3.5||470||431||0.239||3.00||Minoru Murayama, Masayasu Kaneda|
|Chunichi Dragons||130||67||59||4||0.531||7.0||452||491||0.232||3.29||Wally Yonamine|
|Yakult Atoms||130||60||67||3||0.473||14.5||530||543||0.254||3.73||Osamu Mihara|
|Taiyo Whales||130||57||69||4||0.454||17.0||481||523||0.242||3.66||Kaoru Betto, Noboru Aota|
|Hiroshima Toyo Carp||130||49||75||6||0.400||24.0||482||522||0.250||3.57||Rikuo Nemoto|
|Hankyu Braves||130||80||48||2||0.623||0.0||594||480||0.260||3.19||Yukio Nishimoto|
|Kintetsu Buffaloes||130||64||60||6||0.515||14.0||486||453||0.248||3.07||Yoshiyuki Iwamoto|
|Nankai Hawks||130||65||61||4||0.515||14.0||512||511||0.253||3.48||Katsuya Nomura|
|Toei Flyers||130||63||61||6||0.508||15.0||595||546||0.270||3.82||Kenjiro Tamiya|
|Lotte Orions||130||59||68||3||0.465||20.5||583||621||0.264||4.54||Keiji Osawa|
|Nishitetsu Lions||130||47||80||3||0.373||32.5||439||598||0.242||4.12||Kazuhisa Inao|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|Batting Average||Tsutomu Wakamatsu||Yakult Atoms||.320||Isao Harimoto||Toei Flyers||.358|
|Runs||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||104||Yutaka Fukumoto||Hankyu Braves||99|
|Hits||Sachio Kinugasa||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||147||Isao Harimoto||Toei Flyers||169|
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
|27||Jinten Haku||Toei Flyers||33|
|Triples||Isao Shibata||Yomiuri Giants||8||Toru Ogawa||Kintetsu Buffaloes||8|
|Home Runs||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||48||Atsushi Nagaike||Hankyu Braves||41|
|Runs Batted In||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||120||Katsuo Osugi
|Stolen Bases||Isao Shibata||Yomiuri Giants||45||Yutaka Fukumoto||Hankyu Braves||106|
|Walks||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||108||Mitsuo Motoi||Nishitetsu Lions||70|
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|ERA||Takeshi Yasuda||Yakult Atoms||2.08||Toshihiko Sei||Kintetsu Buffaloes||2.36|
|Wins||Tsuneo Horiuchi||Yomiuri Giants||26||Hisashi Yamada
|Losses||Hiroshi Matsuoka||Yakult Atoms||18||Osamu Higashio||Nishitetsu Lions||25|
|Innings Pitched||Tsuneo Horiuchi||Yomiuri Giants||312.0||Osamu Higashio||Nishitetsu Lions||309.2|
|Appearances||Takeshi Yasuda||Yakult Atoms||50||Michiro Sato||Nankai Hawks||64|
|Hits Allowed||Tsuneo Horiuchi||Yomiuri Giants||292||Osamu Higashio||Nishitetsu Lions||313|
|Home Runs Allowed||Tsuneo Horiuchi||Yomiuri Giants||34||Fumio Narita
|Strikeouts||Yutaka Enatsu||Hanshin Tigers||233||Keishi Suzuki||Kintetsu Buffaloes||180|
|Base-on-Balls||Kazumi Takahashi||Yomiuri Giants||113||Hajime Kato||Nishitetsu Lions||137|
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 Meiji Jingu Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 5 - 2. The second game was played at Kawasaki Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 4 - 0. The third game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 1 - 0.
In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Hankyu Braves (PL), 4 games to 1. It was the Giants' eighth consecutive title. The winning manager was Tetsuharu Kawakami and the series MVP was Tsuneo Horiuchi.
The winner of the 1972 Sawamura Award was Tsuneo Horiuchi of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 26 - 9 win-loss record, 203 strikeouts, and a 2.91 ERA in 312.0 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||Tsuneo Horiuchi||Yomiuri Giants||P||112||3||13||1||7||0||.116||.124||.143||26 - 9||312.0||292||34||95||203||2.91|
|PL||Yutaka Fukumoto||Hankyu Braves||OF||472||99||142||14||40||106||.301||.384||.468||Did not pitch|
|Rookie of the Year||CL||Takeshi Yasuda||Yakult Atoms||P||50||3||11||0||3||0||.220||.278||.260||7 - 5||168.2||136||6||31||81||2.08|
|PL||Hajime Kato||Nishitetsu Lions||P||64||7||3||1||1||0||.047||.141||.094||17 - 16||246.0||220||33||137||114||3.95|
The following players were part of the 1972 Best Nine teams.
The following players were the recipients of the Diamond Glove Award in 1972.
High School Baseball
The 54th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2614 schools competing for 30 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Tsukumi High School (Oita) defeated Yanai High School (Yamaguchi) by a score of 3 - 1.
The 44th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 27 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Nichidai Sakuragaoka High School (Tokyo) defeated Nihon University Number Three High School (Tokyo) by a score of 5 - 1.
All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series
The 1972 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Kansai University defeated Keio University by a score of 1 - 0.
Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention
In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention Kansai University defeated Hosei University.
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
Hosei's Keiji Nagasaki won batting titles in the spring and fall campaigns, the first player in league history to have done so.
Tohto University Base Ball League
|Fall||1||Chuo||Nihon, Komazawa||Asia||Toyo||Shibaura Tech|
|2||Aoyama Gakuin||Tokyo Agriculture||Senshu||Kokushikan||Rissho||Kokugakuin|
|2||Senshu||Kokushikan||Tokyo Agriculture||Shibaura Tech||Rissho||Kokugakuin|
Kansai 6 University Baseball League
|Spring||Kansai||Kinki||Doshisha||Osaka Commerce||Kwansei Gakuin||Osaka Gakuin|
|Fall||Kansai||Doshisha||Kinki||Osaka Commerce||Osaka Gakuin||Kwansei Gakuin|
At the twentieth Baseball World Cup in Nicaragua, the Japanese national baseball team placed fourth.
Japanese Players in Other Countries
- Italics indicate a Major League appearance
- Bobby Fenwick: Houston Astros
- Toru Hamaura: Fresno Giants, California (SFG-A)
- Masaji Ishizuka: Lodi Orions, California (BAL-A)
- Junji Nakamura: Lodi Orions, California (BAL-A)
- Masao Sato: Lodi Orions, California (BAL-A)
- Shigeyuki Takahashi: Phoenix Giants, Pacific Coast (SFG-AAA)
Hall of Fame
The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:
- Shuichi Ishimoto, by Sportswriters Committee
- Takeji Nakano, by Special Committee
- Shigeru Ohta, by Special Committee
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