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Takahiko Beppu passes away at the age of 84

by on Dec.26, 2010 @ 1:43 pm, under College

Former Meiji University baseball team manager Takahiko Beppu passed away at 4:09pm on Saturday due to complications from interstitial pneumonitis.  He was 84.

Beppu managed the Meiji University baseball team between 1989 and 1995 and won 4 championships.  He also won the Meiji Jingu Tournament in 1995, became the first manager in the Tokyo Big 6 to bring on a female assistant (マネジャー), and made Jodi Haller the first female pitcher to pitch in Japanese college baseball in 1995.

During his tenure as manager, he's worked with players like Kenshin Kawakami, Yusuke Torigoe, Katsunori Nomura, and Takashi Ogasawara.

After his retirement in 1995, he was hired as director (総監督) of the Meiji University baseball team.  In 2004, reports that Meiji University top prospect Yasuhiro Ichiba was taking money from NPB teams under the table broke and Beppu stepped down from his post to take responsibility.

UPDATE 12/28, 11:42pm JST - about 600 people, including Shigeru Takada, Katsumi Hirosawa, and Yasuhiro Ichiba, attended Beppu's wake today.

UPDATE 12/28, 9:17pm JST - about 400 people, including Shigeru Sugishita, Yusuke Torigoe, and Takashi Miwa, attended Beppu's funeral services today.