Outstanding five-skill outfielder in the 1980s and 1990s
Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
Yatsushiro High School
In 1981, he joined the Seibu Lions outside the draft system. In 1987, he led the Pacific League in home runs (43), and in 1989, achieved so-called "triple three" (batting three hundred, 30 or more home runs and stolen bases.) He was the mainstay of the Seibu Lions which won the pennant 8 times and Japan Series 6 times. After moving to the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in 1994, he led the team as its captain to its first victory in the Japan Series in 1999. Thus he was a leading five-tool outfielder in the 1980s and 90s.