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Kazuhiro Kuroda

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Kazuhiro Kuroda

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 160 lb.

The husband of one Olympian athlete and the father of another (pitcher Hiroki Kuroda), Kazuhiro Kuroda was a center fielder for eight years in Nippon Pro Baseball. He debuted with the 1949 Nankai Hawks, hitting .324/.360/.408 in 51 games, mostly as a bench player. In '50, Kuroda hit .257/.282/.405 in his first year as a regular, then he batted .259/.279/.382 the next season. In 1952, Kazuhiro had a .241/.263/.324 year and he finished his Nankai run at .246/.287/.322 in '53. Kuroda was taken in the expansion draft by the new Takahashi Unions and hit .246/.290/.334 their first year. In 1955, he slipped to .237/.269/.307, then he finished his career by going just 7 for 62 for the '56 Daiei Stars. Overall, his batting line read .246/.279/.340. After retiring, he opened a sports store and was active in Little League. He died of lung cancer at age 82.

Source: Japanbaseballdaily.com by Gary Garland