Kazuhisa Inao

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Kazuhisa Inao
Pitcher
Born: (1937-06-10)June 10, 1937
Beppu, Ōita, Japan
Died: November 13, 2007(2007-11-13) (aged 70)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
NPB: March 21, 1956 for the Nishitetsu Lions
Last professional appearance
1969 for the Nishitetsu Lions
NPB statistics
Win-Loss 276–137
ERA 1.98
Strikeouts 2574
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards

Kazuhisa Inao (稲尾 和久 Inao Kazuhisa?, June 10, 1937 – November 13, 2007) was a Japanese professional baseball pitcher. In 1957, he won 20 consecutive games. In 1958 Japan Series, he pitched six games and won 4 consecutive games after his team lost 3 games. He even hit a home run in fifth game of Japan Series. He was the Pacific League's Most Valuable Player in 1957 and 1958. He had 42 wins in 1961. Fans called his great success "God, Buddha, Inao".

In 1964, he injured his shoulder, and in 1965 came back to full-time pitching, mainly in relief.[1] He retired as a player in 1969, and went on to manage the Nishitetsu Lions from 1970 to 1974.[1]

He was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.[2] His number 24 was retired by the Saitama Seibu Lions on April 30, 2012.

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team G CG SHO W L PCT IP H HR BB HBP SO WP R ER ERA
1956 Nishitetsu
Lions
61 6 3 21 6 .778 262.1 153 2 73 8 182 2 47 31 1.06
1957 68 20 5 35 6 .854 373.2 243 14 76 7 288 1 72 57 1.37
1958 72 19 6 33 10 .767 373.0 269 8 76 4 334 2 74 59 1.42
1959 75 23 5 30 15 .667 402.1 300 14 82 9 321 1 86 74 1.65
1960 39 19 3 20 7 .741 243.0 211 15 51 4 179 0 80 70 2.59
1961 78 25 7 42 14 .750 404.0 308 22 72 6 353 3 93 76 1.69
1962 57 23 6 25 18 .581 320.2 281 27 56 4 228 1 98 82 2.30
1963 74 24 2 28 16 .636 386.1 358 26 70 10 226 1 121 109 2.54
1964 6 0 0 0 2 .000 11.1 18 2 9 0 2 0 13 13 10.64
1965 38 13 2 13 6 .684 216.0 191 16 50 4 101 0 71 57 2.38
1966 54 2 2 11 10 .524 185.2 134 11 23 5 134 0 45 37 1.79
1967 46 3 1 8 9 .471 129.0 114 11 22 5 87 1 40 38 2.65
1968 56 2 1 9 11 .450 195.0 168 22 32 5 93 0 68 60 2.77
1969 32 0 0 1 7 .125 97.0 92 9 27 2 46 0 36 30 2.78
Career Total 756 179 43 276 137 .668 3599.0 2840 199 719 73 2574 12 944 793 1.98
(7th) (8th) (10th) (8th) (3rd)
  • Bolded figures are league-leading

Titles and Award[edit]

  • Rookie of the Year : (1956)[1]
  • Wins Champion : 4 times (1957,1958,1961,1963)
  • Winning Percentage Champion: 2 times (1957,1961)
  • ERA Champion : 5 times (1956–1958,1961,1966)
  • Strikeout Champion : 3 times (1958,1961,1963)
  • MVP : 2 times (1957–1958)
  • Best Nine : 5 times (1957–1958,1961–1963)

Record[edit]

  • 42 Wins (1961) (National Record, tied)
  • 20 consecutive wins (1957) (National Record)
  • 78 Games Played (1961) (Pacific League Record)
  • 1.06 ERA (1956) (Pacific Lague Record, National Rookie-Year Record)
  • 404 inning Pitched (1961) (Pacific League Record)
  • 11 wins in single month (Aug, 1956) (National Record)
  • 4 complete game in single Japan Series (1958) (Japan Series Record, tied)
  • 4 wins in single Japan Series (1958) (Japan Series Record, tied)
  • 11 career wins in Japan Series (tied with Tsuneo Horiuchi)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Charlton, James; Shatzkin, Mike; Holtje, Stephen (1990). The Ballplayers: baseball's ultimate biographical reference. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow. p. 509. ISBN 0-87795-984-6. 
  2. ^ "Baseball legend Inao dies in Fukuoka". Mainichi Daily News. Retrieved 2007-11-13. [dead link]

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