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Former Tokyo Giant Hachiro Maekawa passes away at 97

by on Mar.16, 2010 @ 2:59 pm, under NPB

Hachiro Maekawa passed away at 5:40am on Tuesday due to respiratory failure.  He was 97 years old.

Maekawa played for the Giants between 1936 and 1938.  He followed that up with a year on Hankyu.  He later managed high school baseball and worked with the Giants as a scout.

In July 2009, Maekawa threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Career Stats

G GS CG ShO W L WPCT BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BLK R ER ERA WHIP
81 55 16 4 21 23 .477 1732 401.2 369 15 168 15 143 1 0 186 149 3.34 1.34

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Masumi Kuwata has apparently been selected as valedictorian (卒業式の総代) for his graduating class at the Graduate School of Sport Sciences, Waseda University.  Kuwata was the top student in a class of 33 students.  Kuwata's supervisor at the university, Takeo Hirata, told reporters that Kuwata got A pluses on most of his assignments.

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