|Pitcher, First baseman|
|Born: September 1, 1921|
|Died: December 18, 1977(aged 56)|
|1936, for the Nagoya Club|
|Last NBP appearance|
|1958, for the Chunichi Dragons|
|Career highlights and awards|
Michio Nishizawa (西澤 道夫, September 1, 1921 – December 18, 1977) was a prominent Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball player who excelled as both a pitcher and a position player. With the Chunichi Dragons franchise his entire career, Nishizawa became one of Japan's most beloved athletes. His number 15 jersey is one of only two retired by the team.
He achieved early fame as a pitcher, developing into a twenty-game winner by 1939. His most memorable pitching feats occurred in 1942. On May 24 of that year, Nishizawa pitched a remarkable twenty-eight complete innings, totalling 311 pitches in a 4-4 tie against the Taiyō Whales at Korakuen Stadium. Later that year, he tossed his first and only no-hitter, accomplishing the feat against the Hankyu team.
Despite a career earned run average of 2.23, the heavy workload combined with injuries sustained during two years of service in World War II forced him to switch positions to first base, and later the outfield.
After early struggles with the bat, Nishizawa developed into a feared hitter. He swatted a then-league record 46 home runs in 1950. His best season came in 1952, when he led the league in both batting average and runs batted in. Two years later, Nishizawa led the Dragons to the 1954 Central League title, breaking an eight-year run by the Yomiuri Giants.
He played his final game in 1958, but went on to manage Chunichi. The Dragons compiled a 253-217-10 record in Nishizawa's four seasons at the helm (1964–1967).
After he entered a professional baseball career, he graduated from Nihon University.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)