1987 in Japanese Baseball
|1987 in baseball|
|Cuban National League|
|<< 1986 1988 >>|
Nippon Professional Baseball
Sachio Kinugasa of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp appears in his 2131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig's record. He would go on to play in 2215 consecutive games.
- Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner
|Yomiuri Giants||130||76||43||11||0.627||0.0||608||447||0.281||3.06||Sadaharu Oh|
|Chunichi Dragons||130||68||51||11||0.565||8.0||571||492||0.265||3.64||Senichi Hoshino|
|Hiroshima Toyo Carp||130||65||55||10||0.538||11.5||549||450||0.268||3.14||Junro Anan|
|Yakult Swallows||130||58||64||8||0.477||19.5||553||637||0.260||4.51||Junzo Sekine|
|Yokohama Taiyo Whales||130||56||68||6||0.454||22.5||516||601||0.259||4.26||Takeshi Koba|
|Hanshin Tigers||130||41||83||6||0.338||37.5||437||607||0.242||4.36||Yoshio Yoshida|
|Seibu Lions||130||71||45||14||0.600||0.0||525||434||0.249||2.96||Masahiko Mori|
|Hankyu Braves||130||64||56||10||0.531||9.0||584||542||0.272||3.89||Toshiharu Ueda|
|Nippon Ham Fighters||130||63||60||7||0.512||11.5||561||562||0.259||3.96||Shigeru Takada|
|Nankai Hawks||130||57||63||10||0.477||16.0||505||556||0.261||3.86||Tadashi Sugiura|
|Lotte Orions||130||51||65||14||0.446||20.0||518||525||0.264||3.67||Michiyo Arito|
|Kintetsu Buffaloes||130||52||69||9||0.435||21.5||528||599||0.270||4.22||Isami Okamoto|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|ERA||Masumi Kuwata||Yomiuri Giants||2.17||Kimiyasu Kudoh||Seibu Lions||2.41|
|Wins||Tatsuo Komatsu||Chunichi Dragons||17||Yukihiko Yamaoki||Hankyu Braves||19|
|Losses||Takao Obana||Yakult Swallows||15||Takanori Yamauchi||Nankai Hawks||14|
|Saves||Genji Kaku||Chunichi Dragons||26||Kazuhiko Ushijima||Lotte Orions||24|
|Save Points||Genji Kaku||Chunichi Dragons||30||Kazuhiko Ushijima||Lotte Orions||26|
|Innings Pitched||Masumi Kuwata||Yomiuri Giants||207.2||Hideyuki Awano||Kintetsu Buffaloes||249.2|
|Appearances||Yoshitaka Katori||Yomiuri Giants||63||Takaaki Ishimoto||Kintetsu Buffaloes||50|
|Hits Allowed||Takao Obana||Yakult Swallows||227||Takanori Yamauchi||Nankai Hawks||240|
|Home Runs Allowed||Daisuke Araki||Yakult Swallows||29||Kazuyoshi Ono||Kintetsu Buffaloes||36|
|Strikeouts||Kazuhisa Kawaguchi||Hiroshima Toyo Carp||184||Hideyuki Awano||Kintetsu Buffaloes||201|
|Base-on-Balls||Koji Nakata||Hanshin Tigers||74||Katsuo So||Lotte Orions||75|
The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Pacific League three games to none. The first game was played at Seibu Lions Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 7 - 4. The second game was played at Yokohama Stadium and was won by the PL, 8 - 3. The third game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 9 - 7.
In the Nippon Series, the Seibu Lions (PL) defeated the Yomiuri Giants (CL), 4 games to 2. The winning manager was Masahiko Mori and the series MVP was Kimiyasu Kudo.
The winner of the 1987 Sawamura Award was Masumi Kuwata of the Yomiuri Giants. He had a 15 - 6 win-loss record, 151 strikeouts, and a 2.17 ERA in 207.2 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||Kazuhiro Yamakura||Yomiuri Giants||C||395||46||108||22||66||3||.273||.362||.486||Did not pitch|
|PL||Osamu Higashio||Seibu Lions||P||0||0||0||0||0||0||.---||.---||.---||15 - 9||0||222.2||215||16||29||85||2.59|
|Rookie of the Year||CL||Yukio Arai||Yakult Swallows||OF||372||52||112||9||38||2||.301||.360||.444||Did not pitch|
|PL||Hideyuki Awano||Kintetsu Buffaloes||P||0||0||0||0||0||0||.---||.---||.---||15 - 12||0||249.2||211||27||58||201||2.88|
The following players were part of the 1987 Best Nine teams.
The following players were the recipients of the Gold Glove Award in 1987.
High School Baseball
The 69th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 3900 schools competing for 49 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game PL Gakuen (Osaka) defeated Josou Gakuin (Ibaraki) by a score of 5 - 2.
The 59th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 32 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game PL Gakuen High School (Osaka) defeated Kanto Number One High School (Tokyo) by a score of 7 - 1.
All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series
The 1987 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 16 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Keio University defeated Tohoku Fukushi University by a score of 3 - 2.
Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention
In the Meiji Jingu Baseball Convention University of Tsukuba defeated Hosei University.
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
Tohto University Base Ball League
|Fall||1||Komazawa||Senshu, Toyo||Asia||Aoyama Gakuin||Chuo|
|Fall||1||Toyo||Komazawa||Aoyama Gakuin||Senshu||Asia, Chuo|
Kansai 6 University Baseball League
In the eighth Intercontinental Cup in Cuba, the Japanese national baseball team won a bronze medal.
Japanese Players in Other Countries
Hall of Fame
The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:
- Nobuo Fujita, by Special Committee
- Minoru Yamashita, by Special Committee
|Japanese Baseball Seasons
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