Ace of the Nishitetsu (later Seibu) Lions; 251 wins
Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
Minoshima High School
The first draft choice of the Nishitetsu Lions in 1969 was a fixture on the Lions pitching staff for 20 years, leading them to five Japan Series titles. He led the league in wins and strikeouts in 1975 and was MVP in 1983 and 1987. The consistent and formidable pitcher threw boldly inside to batters and notched 251 wins.