First batting champion in both the Central and Pacific Leagues
Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
Kumamoto Commercial High School
Joining the Chunichi Dragons in 1959, the "Brave Warrior" became the batting champion in 1964 and 1965. In 1971, with the Lotte Orions, he won his third batting title, thus becoming the first batter to lead both leagues. After retirement, he instructed amateur baseball players at his Japan Baseball Academy.