Shoichi Kunihisa

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Shoichi Kunihisa (also listed as Matsuichi Kunihisa)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 6", Weight 147 lb.

A speedy utility man who mostly played second, Shoichi Kunihisa played four years for the Nankai Hawks. He debuted in 1939, hitting .270/.332/.374 with 11 triples and 26 stolen bases. He slipped to .216/.316/.274 the next year, though he still swiped 31. In 1941, Kunihisa had a .214/.284/.254 batting line and only had six steals and a triple. In 1942, the 23-year-old batted .204/.277/.237 with 28 stolen bases, while only getting caught four times. Overall, his career batting line read .226/.302/.284 with 91 SB in 376 games. He then entered the Japanese military and died in combat during World War II.

Source: Japanbaseballdaily.com by Gary Garland