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Yasuo Hayashi was both a cleanup hitter and star pitcher in high school. He joined Asahi in 1942 and set the all-time Nippon Pro Baseball record for innings and starts, which has never been broken. He threw 541 1/3 innings and made 52 starts. The 71 appearances are still a rookie record. He faced 2,079 batters, hurled 44 complete games, allowed 351 hits, tossed 12 shutouts, allowed 6 homers, walked 134, fanned 145 and only threw one wild pitch. He was 32-22 with a 1.01 ERA. He led the Japanese Professional Baseball League in games pitched, batters faced, hits allowed, complete games and ERA as well. His 44 complete games are second all-time in NPB.
Hayashi's record after two seasons was 52-33 with a 0.97 ERA. Unfortunately, he would never pitch again. He entered the Japanese military in 1943 and died in combat a year later.