Masahiro Yamamoto (baseball)

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Masahiro Yamamoto
Born: (1965-08-11) August 11, 1965 (age 52)
Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Batted: Left Threw: Left
NPB debut
October 16, 1986, for the Chunichi Dragons
Last NPB appearance
October 7, 2015, for the Chunichi Dragons
NPB statistics
(through 2015)
Win–loss record 219-165
ERA 3.45
Strikeouts 2,310
Career highlights and awards
  • Central League ERA Champion (1993)
  • Eiji Sawamura Award (1994)
  • No-hitter (2006)

Masahiro Yamamoto (山本昌, born August 11, 1965, in Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture) is a left-handed, retired Japanese professional baseball pitcher. A screwballer, Yamamoto pitched for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball for 29 years from 1986 to 2015. He is the oldest Japanese pitcher to win a baseball game.[1] With 200+ career victories, he is a member of Meikyukai.


Yamamoto attended Nichidai Fujisawa High School, and was selected at age 18 by Chunichi.[2]

Yamamoto was the Central League Earned Run Average Champion in 1993, posting a 2.05 ERA. He won the 1994 Eiji Sawamura Award, going 19–8 with 3.49 ERA and 14 complete games.

On September 16, 2006, Yamamoto threw a no-hitter against the Hanshin Tigers.

On September 5, 2014, Yamamoto won his first and only start of the season at Nagoya Dome in a shutout match against the Hanshin Tigers, making him the oldest Japanese pitcher to win a game, at 49 years, 25 days, surpassing the old mark of 48 years, 4 months set by the Hankyu BravesShinji Hamazaki in 1950.[2] During the game, he threw 90 pitches in five scoreless innings, gave up five hits and a walk, and striking out two.

Yamamoto has pitched in six Japan Series with the Dragons, with his team winning once (in 2007).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Snyder, Matt. "Masahiro Yamamoto will turn 50 next year while pitching in Japan," (November 6, 2014).
  2. ^ a b "Dragons lefty Yamamoto sets NPB record for oldest winning pitcher at age 49". The Japan Times. September 5, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 

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