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[6/14/2013] Former Toei pitcher Yukio Ozaki dies of lung cancer

by on Jun.14, 2013 @ 10:45 am, under NPB

Former Toei pitcher Yukio Ozaki died of lung cancer in a Tokyo hospital at 8:23am on Thursday.  He was sixty-eight.  His wake is scheduled for the 18th.  Memorial services will take place on the 19th.

Ozaki had not been feeling well since May 15.  He was examined at a hospital on June 5 and was admitted to a different hospital on the 7th.  He was conscious and speaking to people on Tuesday, but his condition took a sudden turn for the worse.

Source: Sponichi 6/14/2013, Sponichi 6/14/2013, Sankei 6/14/2013

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Career Stats

Year Team G GS CG ShO   W L S HD WPCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
1962 Toei 49 19 9 4 1 20 9 -- -- .690 851 207.2 170 10 63 4 9 196 5 0 72 56 2.42 1.12
1963 Toei 17 13 4 3 0 7 5 -- -- .583 380 93.0 83 13 29 0 1 60 0 1 34 30 2.90 1.20
1964 Toei 55 33 11 4 1 20 18 -- -- .526 1167 286.0 233 23 90 2 9 197 1 0 93 81 2.55 1.13
1965 Toei 61 37 26 6 5 27 12 -- -- .692 1444 378.0 261 23 63 4 11 259 1 0 91 79 1.88 0.86
1966 Toei 65 29 15 2 6 24 17 -- -- .585 1162 292.0 268 23 40 4 2 122 4 1 100 85 2.62 1.05
1967 Toei 28 21 7 2 1 6 14 -- -- .300 531 126.2 132 16 25 3 3 67 0 0 58 43 3.05 1.24
1968 Toei 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- ---- 88 19.0 27 5 5 0 2 4 0 0 15 13 6.16 1.68
1969 Toei 7 1 1 0 1 0 2 -- -- .000 75 17.1 22 5 2 0 0 6 0 0 14 11 5.82 1.38
1970 Toei 24 2 0 0 0 0 2 -- -- .000 193 43.0 56 11 11 0 0 41 0 0 30 28 5.86 1.56
1971 Toei 24 2 0 0 0 0 3 -- -- .000 170 40.1 46 6 12 0 1 26 1 1 22 20 4.50 1.44
1972 Toei 17 2 0 0 0 3 1 -- -- .750 151 39.2 27 4 7 1 2 29 0 0 12 10 2.25 0.86
1973 Nittaku 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- ---- 32 6.0 12 4 2 0 0 3 0 1 9 9 13.50 2.33
  364 163 73 21 15 107 83 -- -- .563 3244 1548.2 1337 143 349 18 40 1010 12 4 550 465 2.70 1.09

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Awards/Accomplishments

Rookie of the Year: 1962
Best Nine: 1965
All-Star Game: 1962,1964, 1965
Notes: Led the league in wins in 1965.  Led the league in strikeouts in 1964 and 1965.

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