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Kihachi Enomoto dies from colon cancer at the age of seventy-five

by on Mar.30, 2012 @ 6:23 am, under NPB

The media learned that Kihachi Enomoto died on March 14 from colon cancer.  He was seventy-five years-old.

Enomoto recorded his 2,000th career hit at the age of 31 years and 229 days and set the NPB record Ichiro Suzuki later broke by recording his 2,000th career NPB+MLB hit at 30 years and 212 days.

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Career Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO GIDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
1955 Mainichi Orions 139 592 490 84 146 24 7 16 232 67 12 9 0 5 87 5 10 55 7 .298 .414 .473 .887
1956 Mainichi Orions 152 631 524 74 148 29 8 15 238 66 4 12 2 6 95 6 4 41 14 .282 .396 .454 .851
1957 Mainichi Orions 128 531 446 68 120 22 6 9 181 50 4 9 5 7 68 2 5 46 10 .269 .372 .406 .778
1958 Daimai Orions 123 492 431 63 112 27 1 13 180 43 6 5 4 3 52 5 2 68 4 .260 .342 .418 .760
1959 Daimai Orions 136 581 496 68 137 23 2 11 197 49 8 6 7 4 69 1 5 47 8 .276 .370 .397 .767
1960 Daimai Orions 133 576 494 94 170 37 5 11 250 66 15 1 1 2 67 5 12 33 9 .344 .435 .506 .941
1961 Daimai Orions 137 597 543 93 180 28 7 8 246 42 9 8 0 2 43 2 9 22 16 .331 .390 .453 .843
1962 Daimai Orions 125 524 483 79 160 28 2 17 243 66 5 2 0 3 36 0 2 28 10 .331 .380 .503 .883
1963 Daimai Orions 143 587 532 70 169 25 0 18 248 64 8 3 0 3 48 3 4 23 10 .318 .378 .466 .845
1964 Tokyo Orions 149 641 540 83 161 25 1 17 239 71 17 6 0 5 86 11 10 19 12 .298 .404 .443 .847
1965 Tokyo Orions 139 562 493 64 132 30 4 10 200 57 16 9 0 3 60 4 6 29 10 .268 .354 .406 .760
1966 Tokyo Orions 133 558 476 81 167 31 1 24 272 74 14 6 1 6 68 8 7 20 15 .351 .439 .571 1.011
1967 Tokyo Orions 117 468 372 55 108 13 1 15 168 50 10 3 0 5 83 10 8 33 8 .290 .430 .452 .881
1968 Tokyo Orions 129 554 487 70 149 31 0 21 243 77 7 1 0 3 62 10 2 62 8 .306 .387 .499 .886
1969 Lotte Orions 123 462 400 60 109 17 1 21 191 66 9 2 0 7 54 2 1 42 6 .273 .360 .478 .838
1970 Lotte Orions 110 354 303 42 86 10 0 15 141 39 7 1 0 1 49 5 1 46 5 .284 .385 .465 .851
1971 Lotte Orions 45 102 90 10 22 3 1 4 39 18 1 1 0 2 10 1 0 15 3 .244 .320 .433 .753
1972 Nishitetsu Lions 61 190 163 11 38 6 0 1 47 14 1 0 0 0 25 1 2 16 4 .233 .342 .288 .630
  2222 9002 7763 1169 2314 409 47 246 3555 979 153 84 20 67 1062 81 90 645 159 .298 .389 .458 .847

Awards

Rookie of the Year (1955)
Best Nine: 9 (1956, 1959-1964, 1966, 1968
All Star Game MVP: 1 (1966)