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Former Yomiuri Giant Takumi Otomo dies at eighty-eight

by on Apr.13, 2013 @ 5:45 pm, under NPB

Former Yomiuri Giant Takumi Otomo died of acute leukemia at a Tokyo hospital on Friday morning at 5:28am.  He was eighty-eight.

Otomo started out as a rubber baseball player before joining the Yomiuri Giants in 1949.  He tossed a no-hitter on July 26, 1952 and led the league in victories in 1953 and 1955.  After retirement, he spent some time as a pitching coach in the Kintetsu and Chunichi organizations.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/13/2013, Sponichi 4/13/2013

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Career Stats

Year Team G GS CG ShO W L S H WPCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
1950 Yomiuri 15 11 5 0 4 4 -- -- .500 356 85.0 71 3 39 -- 0 44 1 0 41 35 3.71 1.29
1951 Yomiuri 29 14 3 0 11 4 -- -- .733 556 137.2 114 11 43 -- 3 51 1 3 44 37 2.42 1.14
1952 Yomiuri 40 24 9 4 17 8 -- -- .680 827 207.1 158 10 51 -- 4 120 2 1 78 52 2.26 1.01
1953 Yomiuri 43 29 22 3 27 6 -- -- .818 1076 281.1 199 13 63 -- 1 173 1 1 65 58 1.86 0.93
1954 Yomiuri 48 30 17 5 21 15 -- -- .583 1081 278.2 202 13 62 -- 9 199 0 0 63 52 1.68 0.95
1955 Yomiuri 42 34 25 7 30 6 -- -- .833 1164 303.2 213 15 54 1 9 206 0 0 73 59 1.75 0.88
1956 Yomiuri 29 16 6 2 12 7 -- -- .632 585 155.0 100 8 32 1 1 84 1 0 33 28 1.63 0.85
1957 Yomiuri 21 10 3 2 5 4 -- -- .556 327 81.0 78 10 13 1 3 46 0 0 39 35 3.89 1.12
1958 Yomiuri 12 2 0 0 2 1 -- -- .667 160 41.2 28 0 7 1 0 11 1 0 10 9 1.94 0.84
1960 Kintetsu 15 0 0 0 1 2 -- -- .333 86 20.1 20 3 4 0 1 14 0 0 9 9 3.98 1.18
  294 170 90 23 130 57 -- -- .695 6218 1591.2 1183 86 368 4 31 948 7 5 455 374 2.11 0.97

MVP: 1 (1953)
Sawamura Award: 1 (1953)
Best Nine: 1 (1953)
All-Star Apearances: 4 (1952-1955)

Led the league in victories in 1954, 1955.
Led the league in ERA in 1953.
Led the league in WPCT in 1953, 1955.