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2013 Hall of Famers Elected
The Players Selection Committee of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has elected Yutaka Ohno from among 21 eligible candidates in the Players Division, and Yoshiro Sotokoba from among 10 eligible candidates in the Expert Division. On the other hand, the Special Selection Committee has elected Kazuo Fukushima from 10 eligible candidates.

The membership of the Baseball Hall of Fame is now 180. The 2013 Induction Ceremony is scheduled to be held during the NPB All-Star Series this summer. The venue and date is to be announced later.

"OHNO, Yutaka"

Born in Shimane Prefecture on August 30, 1955.

After graduating from Izumo Commercial High School, he played for a strong rubber baseball team, the Izumo Credit Cooperative. In 1977, he joined the Hiroshima Toyo Carp out of the draft system. After notching his first save in 1979, he was active as a reliever for several years until 1984 when he turned starter. In 1988, he won 13 games with 1.70 ERA, and won the Sawamura Award. He was active as a reliever again from 1991 to 1994, winning the best reliever title in the CL in 1991 with 6 wins, 26 saves and 32 save points. He led the CL again in ERA (2.85) as a starter in 1997. During his 22 years of pitching career, he played a big role in leading the Hiroshima Toyo Carp to win the pennants five times in the Central League and the Japan Series Championship three times.
After hanging up his spikes, he coached the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (1999, 2010-12).

His career record as a pitcher: 22 seasons (1977-88), 707 G, 148 W, 100 L, 138S, 2,231 IP, 1,733 SO and 2.90 ERA. He led the CL three times in ERA (1988, 97), and two times in saves (1991, 92). He won the Sawamura Award once (1988), finished in the Top Ten in ERA six times and appeared in the All-Star Series ten times.


"SOTOKOBA, Yoshiro"

Born in Kagoshima Prefecture on June 1, 1945.

After graduating from Izumi High School, he played for Nippon Telegram and Telephone Public Corporation and in 1964 he joined the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.
In his second year in 1965, he pitched his first win in professional baseball by achieving a no-hit, no-run game on October 2, the first feat in NPB. He outdid himself in 1968 by pitching a perfect game on September 14, by striking out 16 batters (still the CL record) and would lead the league in ERA. He pitched his third no-hit, no-run game on April 29, 1972, a great feat shared by and excelling Eiji Sawamura who pitched 3 no-hit,no-run games in one-league era. His splendid pitching culminated in 1975 when he led the Hiroshima Toyo Carp to win its first pennant in the Central League by his power pitching which earned him most wins (20) and most strikeouts (193). He was also selected in the Best Nine and won the Sawamura Award.

After hanging up his spikes, he coached the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (1980-90), the Orix BlueWave (1991-93) and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp (1996-99).

His career record as a pitcher: 15 seasons, 445 G, 131 W, 138 L, 2,419.1 IP, 1,678 SO, and 2.88 ERA. He finished three times in the Top Ten in ERA and appeared five times in the All-Star Series.

He threw and batted right-handed.


"FUKUSHIMA, Kazuo"

Born in Shizuoka Prefecture on January 6, 1931.

From 1946 to 1949, Kokura High School* won its way seven consecutive times to both the Spring National Invitational High School Baseball Tournament and the Summer National High School Baseball Championship. In both of the 1947 and 1948 Summer Championships, he went the whole distance in five (in 1948 five shutout) games and led his team to a consecutive victory. In his whole appearance in Koshien Stadium, he won 17 games and lost only 3 games.

He went on to Waseda University in 1950 and pitched his first game in the fall season. He notched a 13-7 record in four years, during which the Waseda Nine won four times in the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League.

In 1954, he joined the Yawata Iron-manufacturing Company, and in the 25th Intercity Non-pro Baseball Tournament, he took the plate in 5 games and led his team to victory for the 2nd time in 17 years.

After retirement in 1968, he was successively appointed to an important post for Japan Baseball Federation as director, liaison officer, councilor, and chief director of Kyushu District. In 1999, he was given a special award for distinguished service at the 70th Intercity Non-pro Baseball Tournament.

* Under the former education system, it was called Kokura Middle School in 1946 and 1947.



 

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