Leading hitter in the 1950/60s nicknamed as "hit-making machine"
Elected by the Selection Committee for Players
Waseda Vocational High School
In 1955, he was Rookie of the Year with the Mainichi Orions. He was the league batting champion twice and the youngest to reach 2,000 hits. Nicknamed a "hit-making machine," he made enormous contributions to the team as a consistent batter among the Orions' "Missile Lineup" in the 1950s and '60s.