Japanese Baseball

A Statistical Handbook

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About the Book

This book—the first in the English language to contain an exhaustive collection of Japanese baseball data—presents basic statistical information and listings for every Japanese professional baseball season from 1936 through 1997. The first part contains yearly breakdowns of team standings; qualifiers for batting and earned run championships; leaders in home runs, runs batted in, wins and strikeouts; all-star game results; Japan Series results; Best Nine selections; Gold Glove selections; and award winners. Sections on career records and single-season records are provided in the second part of this work. Appendices list no-hit, no-run games, Japanese Hall of Famers, and records of foreign tours of Japan by professional teams.

About the Author(s)

Daniel E. Johnson is an award-winning writer and editor living in Penngrove, California. He has contributed to several books about Japanese baseball and writes on a wide variety of topics.

Bibliographic Details

Daniel E. Johnson
Foreword by Wally Yonamine
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 365
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2006 [1999]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2841-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0410-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Foreword by Wally Yonamine      1

Introduction      3

Part One: Season Summaries      7

1936 Season      9

1937 Season      12

1938 Season      19

1939 Season      24

1940 Season      27

1941 Season      30

1942 Season      33

1943 Season      35

1944 Season      38

1946 Season      40

1947 Season      43

1948 Season      46

1949 Season      49

1950 Season      52

1951 Season      58

1952 Season      64

1953 Season      69

1954 Season      75

1955 Season      80

1956 Season      85

1957 Season      90

1958 Season      95

1959 Season      99

1960 Season      103

1961 Season      108

1962 Season      112

1963 Season      117

1964 Season      122

1965 Season      127

1966 Season      132

1967 Season      137

1968 Season      142

1969 Season      146

1970 Season      151

1971 Season      156

1972 Season      161

1973 Season      166

1974 Season      172

1975 Season      179

1976 Season      185

1977 Season      191

1978 Season      197

1979 Season      203

1980 Season      210

1981 Season      216

1982 Season      223

1983 Season      229

1984 Season      234

1985 Season      240

1986 Season      245

1987 Season      251

1988 Season      256

1989 Season      261

1990 Season      266

1991 Season      272

1992 Season      277

1993 Season      282

1994 Season      288

1995 Season      293

1996 Season      298

1997 Season      304

Part Two: All-Time Records      311

Career Records      313

Single-Season Records      320

Miscellaneous Records      326

Appendix A: No-Hit, No-Run Games      329

Appendix B: Members of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame      333

Appendix C: Foreign Tours of Japan by Professional Teams      335

Bibliography      337

Index      339

Book Reviews & Awards

“the American public deserves exposure to this book in public and school libraries, as do sports and fitness majors and researchers in academic institutions”—ARBA; “all the names and numbers you’ll need are in this year-by-year statistical summary of baseball in the Land of the Rising Sun”—USA Today Sports Weekly; “the first book in the English language to contain an exhaustive collection of data on baseball in Japan”—Sports Collectors Digest; “presents basic statistical information and listings for Japanese professional baseball from 1936 to 1997”—The SABR Bulletin; “detailed information”—Reference & Research Book News.