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Struck out nine batters in a row in 1957, a still unbroken Japanese record

Inducted 2007
Category Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
From Gifu (Born in Kofu City in Yamanashi)
Born April 8,1935
Died September 23,2006
Alma Mater Tajimi Technical High School

The rookie out of high school became the winning pitcher in the 1954 season opener,ending the year with a 20-12 record. The lefty was a mainstay of the Hankyu Braves in the 1950s and 1960s. Among his feats is nine consecutive strikeouts in a game. His career record includes 867 games, 2,945 SO and 254 wins.


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