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1954 NPB All-Star Game

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There were two 1954 NPB All-Star Games and the Pacific League swept the Central League.

Game 1[edit]

Game 1 was held on July 3 at Nishinomiya Stadium in front of 32,167 fans. Charlie Luis became the first foreign player to start in a All-Star Game (Wally Yonamine had played since 1952 but his parents were Japanese so he was not considered a foreigner), and he is still (as of 2023) the only foreign catcher to start in the event; he was 1-for-3. Futoshi Nakanishi's game-winning, 2-run homer in the 6th inning earned him the MVP, and Kazuhiro Yamauchi also blasted a solo shot in the 3rd inning. Starter Takao Kajimoto struck out 3 in his 3 shutout innings, and Sadaaki Nishimura fanned four in 3 innings to get the win. Fumio Fujimura had the only RBI for the CL with a solo homer, while they scored the other run with Nishimura's error.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Central 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 1
Pacific 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 X 5 7 4

Players used[edit]

Central League Starting Lineup

  1. Wally Yonamine, CF (Yomiuri Giants)
  2. Masayasu Kaneda, LF (Osaka Tigers)
  3. Yuko Minamimura, RF (Yomiuri)
  4. Tetsuharu Kawakami, 1B (Yomiuri)
  5. Mitsuo Uno, 3B (Kokutetsu Swallows)
  6. Shigeru Chiba, 2B (Yomiuri)
  7. Yoshio Yoshida, SS (Osaka)
  8. Jun Hirota, C (Yomiuri)
  9. Takumi Otomo, P (Yomiuri)

Backups used

Manager

Coaches

Pacific League Starting Lineup

  1. Kazuhiro Yamauchi, LF (Mainichi Orions)
  2. Chusuke Kizuka, SS (Nankai)
  3. Futoshi Nakanishi, 3B (Nishitetsu Lions)
  4. Hiroshi Ohshita, RF (Nishitetsu)
  5. Kaoru Betto, CF (Mainichi)
  6. Tokuji Iida, 1B (Nankai)
  7. Charlie Luis, C (Mainichi)
  8. Nobuyasu Morishita, 2B (Nankai)
  9. Takao Kajimoto, P (Hankyu Braves)

Backups Used

Manager

Coaches

Umpires[edit]

Game 2[edit]

Game 2 took place a day later at Korakuen Stadium, with an attendance of 43,727. It was a pitcher's contest, as both sides only scored once in the first 9 innings. Yamauchi's 3rd-inning RBI single gave the PL the lead, but the CL tied it with Fujimura's sacrifice fly in the 6th. In the 10th inning, Yamauchi ended this game with a walk-off single, and he won the MVP as he collected 4 hits while his teammates only had 3.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Central 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Pacific 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 0

Players used[edit]

Central League Starting Lineup

  1. Yonamine, CF
  2. Tamiya, RF
  3. Minamimura, RF
  4. Kawakami, 1B
  5. Uno, 3B
  6. Chiba, 2B
  7. Yoshida, SS
  8. Hirota, C
  9. Takehiko Bessho, P (Yomiuri)

Backups used

Pacific League Starting Lineup

  1. Yamauchi, LF
  2. Kizuka, SS
  3. Nakanishi, 3B
  4. Ohshita, RF
  5. Betto, CF
  6. Iida, 1B
  7. Luis, C
  8. Morishita, 2B
  9. Susumu Yuki, P (Nankai)

Backups used

Umpires[edit]

  • Shima (Home), Yokozawa (1B), Sugimura (2B), Nidegawa (3B), Kanemasa (LF), Ueda (RF)

Players did not play[edit]

Sources[edit]

Nippon Professional Baseball's All-Star Game

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