Struck out nine batters in a row in 1957, a still unbroken Japanese record
Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
Gifu (Born in Kofu City in Yamanashi)
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.