February 26, 1948|
|1970, for the Nankai Hawks|
|1992, for the Daiei Hawks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Member of the Japanese|
|Baseball Hall of Fame|
Hiromitsu Kadota (門田 博光 Kadota Hiromitsu?, born February 26, 1948, in Onoda, Japan) was a Japanese professional baseball player for the Hawks franchise (known during his career as the Nankai Hawks and the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks) and the Orix Braves. Reputed for his slugging ability, he ate a lot and became a strong hitter, though was later weakened by diabetes mellitus. With 567 home runs, Kadota is number three on the NPB career list.
Kadota won the Nippon Professional Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1980 with 41 home runs and 84 RBI.
He hit 44 home runs at the age of 40 in 1988, also knocking in 125 runs and winning the Pacific League Most Valuable Player Award. That year he was also given the Matsutaro Shoriki Award, for contribution to the development of professional baseball.
Kadota was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.
- Hiromitsu Kadota (Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame)
- Nippon Professional Baseball career statistics from Japanesebaseball.com
|Matsutaro Shoriki Award
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