Kenshi Zenimura

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Kenshi Zenimura
(Harvey, Kurohyo)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 140 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

The son of Kenichi Zenimura and brother of Kenso Zenimura, Kenshi Zenimura became the first foreign player on the Hiroshima Carp when he joined them in 1953; his brother would join later that year. An outfielder, Harvey hit .264/.326/.356 as a rookie. On July 15, he set a Central League record for outfield assists with three. In 1954, he batted .259/.302/.342 with 27 steals in 36 tries and made the All-Star team. The '55 season led to a decline to .215/.253/.291 with 19 steals in 23 attempts. He batted .178/.221/.215 in 1956, struggling in 163 AB over 77 games. Overall, he hit .237/.283/.314 and stole 70 in 96 tries. He roomed for a time with another speedy American outfielder on the Carp, Satoshi Hirayama. After retiring from baseball, Zenimura opened a Japanese restaurant in his hometown of Fresno.

His birthplace has also been listed as Honolulu, HI.[1]

Source: Japanbaseballdaily.com by Gary Garland