Minoru Murayama

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Minoru Murayama
村山 実
Born: (1936-12-10)December 10, 1936
Amagasaki, Hyōgo
Died: August 22, 1998(1998-08-22) (aged 61)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
NPB debut
April 14, 1959, for the Osaka Tigers
Last appearance
March 21, 1973, for the Hanshin Tigers
NPB statistics
Win–loss record222–147
Earned run average2.09
As player

As manager

  • Hanshin Tigers (1970–1972, 1988–1989)
Career highlights and awards
Member of the Japanese
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Minoru Murayama (村山 実, Murayama Minoru, October 12, 1936 – August 22, 1998, born in Kita-ku, Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, raised in Amagasaki) was a professional baseball player for the Osaka Tigers (later Hanshin Tigers) in Nippon Professional Baseball. His number 11 is retired with the Tigers. A pitcher with Hanshin from 1959 to 1972, he recorded a career 2.09 ERA and 192 career complete games to go with 222 wins. Hall of Famer.

Early life[edit]

He was born on October 12, 1936 in Kita-ku, Kobe, Hyōgo. He played baseball at Sumotomo Technological High School. He was on to Kansai University School of Commerce in 1950. He won the championship on All Japan Universities baseball championship in his sophomore at Kansai University. became a member of the Osaka Hanshin Tigers in 1959.


As a rookie in 1959, Murayama pitched in 54 games, recording 19 complete games in 26 starts. He was 18-10 that season with a microscopic 1.19 ERA to lead the league and also win the first Eiji Sawamura Award of his career. It also ended Masaichi Kaneda's run of three consecutive Sawamura Awards won. Murayama would match Kaneda's total of three Sawamura Awards over the course of his career, winning it outright in 1965 and sharing the award in 1966 with Tsuneo Horiuchi, the first time in the award's history that it had co-winners. The Sawamura would not have co-winners again until 2003, when Hanshin's Kei Igawa and Kazumi Saitoh of Daiei shared the award.

During his career as a player, his team, the Osaka Hanshin Tigers won the Central League Championship two times, 1962 and 1964. Although he was a player for the team, he became manager for the Osaka Hanshin Tigers from 1970 to 1972. He retired after 1972 season. His Number 11 was retired by the Osaka Hanshin Tigers. He had been a commentator for baseball for a long time. Again, he became manager for the Osaka Hanshin Tigers in 1988 and 1989. People has said that he was " Mr. Tigers" since his retirement.

Individual records[edit]


  • Wins : 222
  • Losses : 147
  • Strike outs : 2274
  • ERA : 2.09


  • MVP : 1 time (1962)
  • Most wins : 2 times (1965, 1966)
  • The best ERA : 3 times (1959, 1962, 1970)
  • Most strike outs : 2 times (1965, 1966)
  • The best winning percentage : 1 time (1970)
  • The Sawamura Award : 3 times (1959, 1965, 1966)
  • The best nine : 3 times (1962, 1965, 1966)


  • The apart from Back Number 11, Kobunsha, 1973