1953 in Japanese Baseball
|1953 in baseball|
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Nippon Professional Baseball
The first television broadcast of games occurs. Leo Kiely, who pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 1951, becomes the first former major league player to appear in NPB when he plays for the Mainichi Orions while performing his military service in Japan. He will return to the major leagues in 1954.
- Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner
From 1950 to 1979, the official name of the Pacific League was the Taiheiyo Baseball Union.
|Yomiuri Giants||125||87||37||1||0.700||0.0||667||392||0.283||2.48||Shigeru Mizuhara|
|Osaka Tigers||130||74||56||0||0.569||16.0||607||474||0.270||3.15||Kenjiro Matsuki|
|Nagoya Dragons||130||70||57||3||0.550||18.5||524||508||0.251||3.24||Michinori Tsubouchi|
|Hiroshima Carp||130||53||75||2||0.415||36.0||507||634||0.242||4.00||Shuichi Ishimoto, Katsumi Shiraishi|
|Taiyo Shochiku Robins||130||52||77||1||0.404||37.5||467||622||0.246||4.10||Tokuro Konishi|
|Kokutetsu Swallows||125||45||79||1||0.364||42.0||380||525||0.235||3.36||Norio Nishigaki|
|Nankai Hawks||120||71||48||1||0.596||0.0||541||433||0.265||3.02||Kazuto Tsuruoka|
|Hankyu Braves||120||67||52||1||0.563||4.0||488||403||0.258||2.68||Shinji Hamazaki|
|Daiei Stars||120||63||53||4||0.542||6.5||405||392||0.237||2.67||Sadayoshi Fujimoto|
|Nishitetsu Lions||120||57||61||2||0.483||13.5||487||477||0.253||3.05||Osamu Mihara|
|Mainichi Orions||120||56||62||2||0.475||14.5||455||459||0.252||3.13||Tadashi Wakabayashi|
|Tokyu Flyers||120||50||67||3||0.429||20.0||360||480||0.220||3.26||Toshiharu Inokawa|
|Kintetsu Pearls||120||48||69||3||0.413||22.0||369||461||0.246||2.93||Takeo Akuta|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|Batting Average||Tetsuharu Kawakami||Yomiuri Giants||.347||Isami Okamoto||Nankai Hawks||.318|
|Runs||Saburo Hirai||Yomiuri Giants||97||Futoshi Nakanishi
|Hits||Tetsuharu Kawakami||Yomiuri Giants||162||Futoshi Nakanishi||Nishitetsu Lions||146|
|32||Tokuji Iida||Nankai Hawks||36|
|Triples||Masayasu Kaneda||Osaka Tigers||11||Larry Raines||Hankyu Braves||16|
|Home Runs||Fumio Fujimura||Osaka Tigers||27||Futoshi Nakanishi||Nishitetsu Lions||36|
|Runs Batted In||Fumio Fujimura||Osaka Tigers||98||Futoshi Nakanishi||Nishitetsu Lions||86|
|Stolen Bases||Jiro Kaneyama||Taiyo-Shochiku Robins||58||Larry Raines||Hankyu Braves||61|
|Walks||Masayasu Kaneda||Osaka Tigers||87||Kazuo Kageyama||Nankai Hawks||70|
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|ERA||Takumi Otomo||Yomiuri Giants||1.85||Tokuji Kawasaki||Nishitetsu Lions||1.98|
|Wins||Takumi Otomo||Yomiuri Giants||27||Tokuji Kawasaki||Nishitetsu Lions||24|
|Losses||Yoshiaki Inoue||Kokutetsu Swallows||26||Yasuo Yonekawa||Tokyu Flyers||21|
|Innings Pitched||Masaichi Kaneda||Kokutetsu Swallows||303.2||Tokuji Kawasaki||Nishitetsu Lions||294.1|
|Appearances||Shozo Watanabe||Osaka Tigers||54||Atsushi Aramaki||Mainichi Orions||50|
|Hits Allowed||Yoshio Bizen||Hiroshima Carp||282||Giichi Hayashi||Daiei Stars||260|
|Home Runs Allowed||Tadayoshi Kajioka
|19||Giichi Hayashi||Daiei Stars||13|
|Strikeouts||Masaichi Kaneda||Kokutetsu Swallows||229||Yasuo Yonekawa||Tokyu Flyers||180|
|Base-on-Balls||Masaichi Kaneda||Kokutetsu Swallows||135||Taketoshi Ogami||Nankai Hawks||101|
The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Pacific League two games to one. The first game was played at Korakuen Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 2 - 0. The second game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 2 - 0. The third game was played at Chunichi Stadium and was won by the PL, 3 - 0.
In the Nippon Series, the Yomiuri Giants (CL) defeated the Nankai Hawks (PL), 4 games to 2 with one tie. It was the Giants' third consecutive title, with all three being won over the Hawks. The winning manager was Shigeru Mizuhara and the series MVP was Tetsuharu Kawakami.
|Award||League||Player||Team||Position||AB||R||H||HR||RBI||SB||AVG||OBP||SLG||W - L||SV||IP||HA||HRA||BB||SO||ERA|
|Most Valuable Player||CL||Takumi Otomo||Yomiuri Giants||P||102||15||26||0||6||0||.255||.262||.314||27 - 6||281.1||199||13||63||173||1.85|
|PL||Isami Okamoto||Nankai Hawks||2B||450||71||143||19||77||30||.318||.372||.502||Did not pitch|
|Rookie of the Year||CL||Masatoshi Gondo||Taiyo Shochiku Robins||P||73||4||17||0||3||0||.233||.233||.260||15 - 12||220.2||179||12||105||170||2.77|
|PL||Yasumitsu Toyoda||Nishitetsu Lions||SS||402||64||113||27||59||25||.281||.337||.537||Did not pitch|
The following players were part of the 1953 Best Nine teams.
High School Baseball
The 35th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 1701 schools competing for 23 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Matsuyama High School (Ehime) defeated Tosa High School (Kochi) by a score of 3 - 2.
The 25th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 19 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Sumoto High School (Hyogo) defeated Naniwa High School (Osaka) by a score of 4 - 1.
All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series
The 1953 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 9 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Rikkyo University defeated Chuo University by a score of 6 - 2.
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
Tohto University Base Ball League
Kansai 6 University Baseball League
The Eddie Lopat All-Stars toured Japan in the fall of 1953. The touring team went 11 - 1 - 0 against Japanese competition. The New York Giants toured Japan in the fall of 1953. The touring team went 12 - 1 - 1 against Japanese competition
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