Isamu Fujii

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Isamu Fujii (藤井 勇)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Isamu Fujii spent 17 years in Nippon Professional Baseball.

He began his career with the Osaka Tigers in 1936, hitting .335/.424/.426 in 45 games split between the spring league and the fall league. He slumped over the next two years. From 1939 to 1941, he did not play at all, though he returned with Hanshin in 1942. Then from 1943 to 1945, he did not play again. He was with Pacific in 1946 before joining the Taiyo Robins/Taiyo Whales, with whom he would spent the rest of his career. After a couple ho-hum campaigns with the club, Fujii hit .283/.328/.469 with 16 home runs and 77 RBI in 97 games. The next year, he hit .327/.405/.597 with 34 home runs, 122 RBI, 104 runs scored, 36 doubles, 68 walks and only 46 strikeouts in 140 games. He would never reach those numbers again, though he hit 15, 14, 15 and 15 home runs in the subsequent four years, respectively. He reached double digit home runs for the last time in 1956, when he hit 13 at 39 years old. He played until he was 41, his last season being 1958.