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Three Hall of Famers for 2015 Elected
The Players Selection Committee of the Baseball Hall of Fame (348 members) has elected Furuta Atsuya from among 23 eligible candidates (9 new candidates and 14 returnees) in the Players Division prepared by the Screening Committee. The Expert Division of the PSC (the membership is 119) has failed to select successful candidates from among 19 eligible candidates (5 new candidates and 14 returnees).
The Special Selection Committee (14 members), on the other hand, has selected the late Kazuo Hayashi and the late Ryohei Murayama from among the 10 eligible candidates.
The membership of the Baseball Hall of Fame is now 187, including 37 living Hall of Famers. The site and date of the 2015 Induction Ceremony are to be decided in due course of time.

"FURUTA, Atsuya"

Born in Hyogo Prefecture on August 6, 1965.

Graduating from Kawanishi Meiho High School in 1984, he entered Ritsumeikan University and caught for its baseball club.On graduating from it, he joined Toyota Motor Corpora- tion in 1988. As a member of the All-Japan, he participated in the Seoul Olympics and played an active role in winning the silver medal in the exhibition baseball tournament.
In 1990, he joined the Yakult Swallows as second draft choice. As a rookie catcher, he played in 106 games and won the Golden Glove Award. From his second season (when he became the batting champion) onward, he was a leading catcher in the Central League, winning the Golden Glove Award 10 times in all, and being selected into the Best Nine 9 times. He was in full swing in 1993 and 1997, when he batted .308 with 161 (most hits) and .322 with 164 hits respectively, and won the MVP in both years. Under the tutorship of skipper Katsuya Nomura (1989 Hall of Famer), who was adept in data-oriented (aka ID) baseball, he led his team to five pennants in the Central League and four victories (1993, ‘95, ’97 and 2001) in the Japan Series.

His life record as player: 18 seasons. 2,008 games, 7,141 AB, 2,097 H, 1,009 RBI, 217 HR, and .294 BA. He won the Shoriki Award in 1997, appeared in the All-Star Series 17 times, and entered the Batting Best Ten 7 times.
His record as playing managing in his last two years (2006~7) with the Yakult Swallows: 290 G, 130 W, 157 L, 3 ties and .453 WA. He threw and batted right-handed.

"HAYASHI, Kazuo"

Born in Tokyo on December 16, 1923 and died on September 11, 2009.

In 1964, Kazuo Hayashi, a graduate of Waseda University and director of Hayashi Construction & Co., set up the Japan Little League. In 1967, he led the West Tokyo Little League, which consisted of young players in and around Chofu City, to victory in the first All Japan championship. In the same year, his WTLL participated in Little League World Series (inaugurated in 1947) in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and won the coveted championship. In 1969, he set up the Chofu Little League as manager of one of its member clubs and later became the president of the CLL. In 1976, the combined CLL team with Daisuke Araki as its ace pitcher captured LLWS Championship again, which helped greatly to popularize the name of Little League throuhgout the country. With the increase of participating teams, he exerted himself to improve and develop the organization, and came up with the foundation of the Chofu Little Senior, an intermediary between Little League baseball and high school baseball.

In 2000, he arranged the merger of Japan Little League Baseball Association with Japan Little Senior Baseall Association, and worked for the foundation of the Japan Little League Baseball Association. In 2005, with its transition to an incorporated foundation, he took office as its first president until his sudden death in 2009.

Thus he had devoted himself to the healthy development of the youg generation through guidance of Little League.

"MURAYAMA, Ryohei"

Born in Mie Prefecture on April 3, 1850 and died on November 24, 1933.

As president of the Asahi Shimbun, he inaugurated the National Middle (now High) School Baseball Championship and held its epoch-making first tournament at Toyonaka Ground in Osaka for a period of six days from August 18. He served as chair-person of the Tournament Committee and on its opening day, the first game began with the first pitch delivered from the pitcher’s mound by Murayama in full Japanese dress. On the same day, The Asahi Shimbun ran a front-page editorial entitled “On the Nationa Middle School Baseball Chamionship,” and declared that baseball has excellent merits as a sport for the young generation and that the NMSBC will be continued for many and many years to come.

The start of the National Middle School Baseball Championship proved a great incentive to the wide spread of middle school baseball throughout the country and led to the later National Invitational Middle School Baseball Tournament held in every spring and the eventual organization of the Japan Middle School Baseball Federation, bringing about an increasing popularity of the present high school baseball.

Thus the motto of the NMSBC has explicitly been the healthy development of the younger generation, making baseball part and parcel of education. This idea has steadily been maintained by painstaking efforts of many people concerned. It has also contributed to the development of baseball culture and popularity, and helped spread the circle of baseball population and improvement of playing skills.


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