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Former CL ump Kiyoshi Hirako dies at the age 73

by on Aug.16, 2011 @ 8:14 pm, under NPB

Former Central League Umpire Kiyoshi Hirako died of lung cancer on the 9th in a Minatoku, Tokyo hospital.  He was 73.

Hirako became a Central League umpire in 1965.  He was also the CL's umpiring crew's assistant director between 1990 and 1992.  Hirako umpired 5 Nippon Series and 7 All-Star games; he worked a total 3,061 games over his career, good for 14th on the All-time list.