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Yukio Nishimoto passes away at the age of 91

by on Nov.26, 2011 @ 1:26 am, under NPB

Yukio Nishimoto died of heart failure at his home in Takarazuka, Hyogo at 8:40pm on Friday.  He was 91.

Nishimoto played for the Mainichi Orions between 1950 and 1955.  After retirement, he remained in the organization and managed the Ni-gun club between 1956 and 1958.  In 1960, he became manager of the Daimai Orions and guided the team to the Nippon Series, only to lose four straight to the Taiyo Whales.  Nishimoto then went on to manage the Hankyu Braves (1963-1973) and the Kintetsu Buffaloes (1974-81).  Over his 20-year managerial career, he guided his team to the Nippon Series eight times (once with Daimai, five times with Hankyu, and twice with Kintetsu) but never once managed to actually win one.

Nishimoto won the Shoriki Matsutaro Award in 1979 and was inducted into The Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.

UPDATE @ 2:41pm - The wake will be held on the 28th (6pm) and funeral services on the 29th (11am).

UPDATE 11/28 @ 10:16pm - About 350 people attended Nishimoto's wake today.

UPDATE 11/29 @ 1:56pm - About 650 people attended Nishimoto's funeral services today.

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Players Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO GDP AVG OPB SLG OPS
1950 Mainichi 76 219 197 22 50 9 1 1 64 18 13 7 0 -- 22 -- 0 6 4 .254 .329 .325 .654
1951 Mainichi 67 178 165 17 36 7 1 2 51 17 5 3 1 -- 12 -- 0 9 3 .218 .271 .309 .580
1952 Mainichi 106 319 280 42 69 10 5 0 89 23 10 4 10 -- 29 -- 0 21 6 .246 .317 .318 .635
1953 Mainichi 94 225 193 33 58 6 2 0 68 20 5 4 5 -- 24 -- 3 5 5 .301 .386 .352 .739
1954 Mainichi 107 319 268 35 58 8 5 3 85 15 10 9 5 0 43 -- 2 14 5 .216 .329 .317 .646
1955 Mainichi 41 39 30 2 5 1 0 0 6 6 1 0 2 2 5 0 0 3 0 .167 .286 .200 .486
Totals 491 1299 1133 151 276 41 14 6 363 99 44 27 23 2 135 0 5 58 23 .244 .327 .320 .647

Managerial Stats

Year Team Pos G W L T WPCT HR AVG ERA Age
1960 Daimai 1 133 82 48 3 .631 100 .262 2.66 40
1963 Hankyu 6 150 57 92 1 .383 86 .228 3.69 43
1964 Hankyu 2 150 79 65 6 .549 141 .245 3.01 44
1965 Hankyu 4 140 67 71 2 .486 130 .234 3.33 45
1966 Hankyu 5 134 57 73 4 .438 89 .229 3.31 46
1967 Hankyu 1 134 75 55 4 .577 143 .251 2.79 47
1968 Hankyu 1 134 80 50 4 .615 154 .242 2.92 48
1969 Hankyu 1 130 76 50 4 .603 154 .254 3.18 49
1970 Hankyu 4 130 64 64 2 .500 116 .244 3.57 50
1971 Hankyu 1 130 80 39 11 .672 166 .273 3.17 51
1972 Hankyu 1 130 80 48 2 .625 167 .260 3.19 52
1973 Hankyu 2 130 77 48 5 .616 151 .270 3.30 53
1974 Kintetsu 5 130 56 66 8 .459 131 .230 3.63 54
1975 Kintetsu 2 130 71 50 9 .587 115 .246 3.09 55
1976 Kintetsu 4 130 57 66 7 .463 102 .245 3.04 56
1977 Kintetsu 4 130 59 61 10 .492 92 .245 3.31 57
1978 Kintetsu 2 130 71 46 13 .607 115 .266 3.21 58
1979 Kintetsu 1 130 74 45 11 .622 195 .285 3.70 59
1980 Kintetsu 1 130 68 54 8 .557 239 .290 4.96 60
1981 Kintetsu 6 130 54 72 4 .429 149 .253 4.10 61
Totals 2665 1384 1163 118 .543