"Little Great Hitter" boasts .319 lifetime batting average
Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
Hokkai High School
In 1972, the "Great Little Hitter" won the batting title in his second year with the Yakult Atoms. He hit above .300 for 12 straight seasons and ended his career with a .319 BA. In 1978, he was selected MVP of the Central League and led the Yakult Swallows to their first victory in the Japan Series.