1977 in Japanese Baseball
|1977 in baseball|
|Cuban National League|
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Nippon Professional Baseball
On September 3, Sadaharu Oh hits the 756th home run of his career to surpass Hank Aaron as the all-time home run king.
- 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||80||46||4||0.631||0.0||648||504||0.280||3.48||Shigeo Nagashima|
|Yakult Swallows||130||62||58||10||0.515||15.0||593||553||0.267||4.01||Tatsuro Hirooka|
|Chunichi Dragons||130||64||61||5||0.512||15.5||575||614||0.275||4.38||Wally Yonamine|
|Hanshin Tigers||130||55||63||12||0.469||21.0||558||590||0.267||4.38||Yoshio Yoshida|
|Hiroshima Toyo Carp||130||51||67||12||0.438||25.0||603||672||0.268||4.83||Takeshi Koba|
|Taiyo Whales||130||51||68||11||0.435||25.5||643||687||0.268||4.94||Kaoru Betto|
|Hankyu Braves||130||69||51||10||0.569||0.0||569||475||0.269||3.23||Toshiharu Ueda|
|Nankai Hawks||130||63||55||12||0.531||5.0||502||471||0.250||3.15||Katsuya Nomura|
|Lotte Orions||130||60||57||13||0.512||7.5||526||485||0.270||3.17||Masaichi Kaneda|
|Kintetsu Buffaloes||130||59||61||10||0.492||10.0||453||483||0.245||3.31||Yukio Nishimoto|
|Nippon Ham Fighters||130||58||61||11||0.488||10.5||479||485||0.246||3.36||Keiji Osawa|
|Crown Lighter Lions||130||49||73||8||0.408||21.0||468||598||0.250||4.27||Masakazu Kito|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|Batting Average||Tsutomu Wakamatsu||Yakult Swallows||.358||Michiyo Arito||Lotte Orions||.329|
|Runs||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||114||Yutaka Fukumoto||Hankyu Braves||89|
|Hits||Tsutomu Wakamatsu||Yakult Swallows||158||Yutaka Fukumoto||Hankyu Braves||165|
|Doubles||Jitsuo Mizutani||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||31||Leron Lee||Lotte Orions||30|
|Triples||Isao Shibata||Yomiuri Giants||7||Yutaka Fukumoto||Hankyu Braves||9|
|Home Runs||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||50||Leron Lee||Lotte Orions||34|
|Runs Batted In||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||124||Leron Lee||Lotte Orions||109|
|Stolen Bases||Isao Shibata||Yomiuri Giants||34||Yutaka Fukumoto||Hankyu Braves||61|
|Walks||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||126||Mitsuo Motoi
|Crown Lighter Lions
Crown Lighter Lions
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 Heiwadai Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 2 - 1. The second game was played at Nishinomiya Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 4 - 0. The third game was played at Meiji Jingu Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 4 - 3.
The standings for each half of the Pacific League's season were:
|First Half||Place||Second Half|
|Hankyu Braves||65||35||25||5||0.583||0.0||1||Lotte Orions||65||33||24||8||0.579||0.0|
|Nankai Hawks||65||33||26||6||0.559||1.5||2||Hankyu Braves||65||34||26||5||0.567||0.5|
|Kintetsu Buffaloes||65||31||26||8||0.544||2.5||3||Nankai Hawks||65||30||29||6||0.509||4.0|
|Nippon Ham Fighters||65||31||29||5||0.517||4.0||4||Nippon Ham Fighters||65||27||32||6||0.458||7.0|
|Lotte Orions||65||27||33||5||0.450||8.0||5||Crown Lighter Lions||65||29||35||1||0.453||7.5|
|Crown Lighter Lions||65||20||38||7||0.345||14.0||6||Kintetsu Buffaloes||65||28||35||2||0.444||8.0|
In the playoffs, the Hankyu Braves, winners of the first-half, defeated the second-half winners, the Lotte Orions, 3 games to 2.
In the Nippon Series, the Hankyu Braves (PL) defeated the Yomiuri Giants (CL), 4 games to 1. It was the Braves third consecutive title. The winning manager was Toshiharu Ueda and the series MVP was Hisashi Yamada.
The winner of the 1977 Sawamura Award was Shigeru Kobayashi of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 18 - 8 win-loss record, 155 strikeouts, and a 2.92 ERA in 216.1 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||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||1B||432||114||140||50||124||1||.324||.477||.706||Did not pitch|
|PL||Hisashi Yamada||Hankyu Braves||P||0||0||0||0||0||0||.---||.---||.---||16 - 10||7||240.2||204||19||46||132||2.28|
|Rookie of the Year||CL||Akio Saito||Yokohama Taiyo Whales||P||45||0||4||0||2||0||.089||.109||.089||8 - 9||0||141.1||156||17||61||87||4.40|
|PL||Yoshinori Sato||Hankyu Braves||P||0||0||0||0||0||0||.---||.---||.---||7 - 3||1||109.2||104||11||50||75||3.86|
The following players were part of the 1977 Best Nine teams.
The following players were the recipients of the Diamond Glove Award in 1977.
High School Baseball
The 59th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2985 schools competing for 41 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Toyodai Himeji High School (Hyogo) defeated Higashikuni High School (Aichi) by a score of 4 - 1 with the game being won on a The game is won on a three-run sayonara homerun The bottom of the tenth.
The 49th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 30 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Minoshima High School (Wakayama) defeated Nakamura High School (Kochi) by a score of 3 - 1.
All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series
The 1977 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 15 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Komazawa University defeated Tokai University by a score of 4 - 3.
Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention
In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention Hosei University defeated Tokai University.
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
Tohto University Base Ball League
|2||Kokushikan||Aoyama Gakuin||Rissho||Takushoku||Tokyo Agriculture||Kokugakuin|
|2||Nihon||Aoyama Gakuin||Rissho||Tokyo Agriculture||Takushoku||Kokugakuin|
Kansai 6 University Baseball League
|Spring||Ritsumeikan||Doshisha||Kansai||Kinki||Osaka Commerce||Kobe Gakuin|
|Fall||Osaka Commerce||Doshisha||Ritsumeikan||Kansai||Kinki||Kobe Gakuin|
In the third Intercontinental Cup in Nicaragua, the Japanese national baseball team won a bronze medal.
Hall of Fame
The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:
- Shigeru Mizuhara, by Sportswriters Committee
- Shigeo Mori, by Special Committee
- Yukio Nishimura, by Special Committee
- Michio Nishizawa, by Sportswriters Committee
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