1997 Japan Series

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1997 Japan Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Yakult Swallows (4) Katsuya Nomura 83–52–2, .615, GA: 11
Seibu Lions (1) Osamu Higashio 76–56–3, .576, GA: 5
Dates: October 18 – October 23
MVP: Atsuya Furuta (YKS)
FSA: Kazuo Matsui (SEI)
Television: TV Asahi (Games 1, 2, 4), Fuji TV (Games 3, 5)
Radio: NHK Radio, JRN, NRN
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The 1997 Japan Series was the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) championship series for the 1997 season. It was the 48th Japan Series and featured the Pacific League champions, the Seibu Lions, against the Central League champions, the Yakult Swallows. The series is the third time the two teams played each other for the championship, the last two contests being in 1992 and 1993. Played at Seibu Dome and Meiji Jingu Stadium, the Swallows defeated the Lions four games to one in the best-of-seven series to win the franchise's 4th Japan Series title. The Swallows' star catcher Atsuya Furuta was named Most Valuable Player of the series. The series was played between October 18 and October 23, 1997, with home field advantage going to the Pacific League.

Summary[edit]

CL Yakult Swallows (4) vs. PL Seibu Lions (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 18 Yakult Swallows – 1, Seibu Lions – 0 Seibu Dome 2:41 31,634[1]
2 October 19 Yakult Swallows – 5, Seibu Lions – 6 Seibu Dome 4:45 31,397[1] 
3 October 21 Seibu Lions – 3, Yakult Swallows – 5 Meiji Jingu Stadium 3:25 32,867[1] 
4 October 22 Seibu Lions – 1, Yakult Swallows – 7 Meiji Jingu Stadium 3:08 32,877[1] 
5 October 23 Seibu Lions - 0, Yakult Swallows - 3 Meiji Jingu Stadium 2:50 33,056[1]

Matchups[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Saturday, October 18, 1997 at Seibu Dome, Tokorozawa, Saitama
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yakult 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 0
Seibu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
WP: Kazuhisa Ishii (1–0)   LP: Fumiya Nishiguchi (0–1)
Home runs:
YKS: Jim Tatum (1)
SEI: None

Game 1 of the series featured a pitching match-up of two strong aces. Seibu's Fumiya Nishiguchi had a career year in 1997 (only his second full season), finishing first in the Pacific League in wins, strikeouts and winning percentage. His sparkling season earned him the Best Nine Award, the Golden Glove, the Sawamura Award and league MVP. Facing him in Game 1 from the visitor's side was Kazuhisa Ishii, a former number-one draft pick and established southpaw who had pitched a no-hitter earlier in the season. The game lived up to its billing as a pitcher's duel, with each starter not allowing any runs after seven innings. However, Yakult finally managed to get to Nishiguchi when journeyman Jim Tatum deposited a slider into the right-center field seats. Ishii protected this lead, and finished the game with no runs allowed and 12 strikeouts.

Game 2[edit]

Saturday, October 19, 1997 at Seibu Dome, Tokorozawa, Saitama
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Yakult 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 5 14 2
Seibu 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 13 3
WP: Shinji Mori (1–0)   LP: Futoshi Yamabe (0–1)
Home runs:
YKS: None
SEI: Yusuke Kawada (1)

Game 3[edit]

Tuesday, October 21, 1997 at Meiji Jingu Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seibu 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 11 1
Yakult 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 X 5 11 0
WP: Shingo Takatsu (1–0)   LP: Hisanobu Watanabe (0–1)
Home runs:
SEI: None
YKS: Atsuya Furuta (1)

Game 4[edit]

Wednesday, October 22, 1997 at Meiji Jingu Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seibu 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Yakult 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 2 X 7 13 0
WP: Kenjiro Kawasaki (1–0)   LP: Hiroshi Shintani (0–1)
Home runs:
SEI: None
YKS: Shinichi Sato (1)

Game 5[edit]

Thursday, October 23, 1997 at Meiji Jingu Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seibu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Yakult 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 3 9 1
WP: Kazuhisa Ishii (2–0)   LP: Fumiya Nishiguchi (0–2)   Sv: Shingo Takatsu (1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "1997年度日本シリーズ 試合結果" (in Japanese). Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 

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