Born: January 20, 1935|
Died: January 14, 2012 (aged 76)|
|1960, for the Yomiuri Giants|
|1965, for the Tokyo Orions|
|Earned run average||3.18|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ritsuo Horimoto (堀本律雄 Horimoto Ritsuo, January 20, 1935 – January 14, 2012) was a Japanese baseball pitcher.
He played for the Yomiuri Giants from 1960 to 1962, winning both the Central League Rookie of the Year Award and the Eiji Sawamura Award in his first season. The Giants won the Japan Series the next year, and traded him for Toshio Yanagida at the end of the 1962 season. Horimoto closed his playing career with the Orions franchise, and coached the Yokohama Taiyo Whales in two stints from 1977 to 1978 and 1991 to 1992. He then joined the Nippon Ham Fighters coaching staff for two seasons, 1993 and 1994, followed by a return to coaching in 1997 with the Uni-President Lions, a Chinese Professional Baseball League team.