"The fireballer" is the first Rookie of the Year in the Pacific League
Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
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The "fireball southpaw" became the first rookie of the PL in 1950 when he won 26 games for the Mainichi Orions. In 1953, he pitched a complete-game victory over the American All-Stars led by Ed Lopat of the New York Yankees.