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[10/30/2013] Tetsuharu Kawakami dead at ninety-three

by on Oct.30, 2013 @ 8:53 pm, under NPB

The media learned today that former Yomiuri great Tetsuhara Kawakami died at the age of ninety-three.  Kawakami passed away at 4:58pm on the 28th at a hospital in Inagi, Tokyo.

According to his family, Kawakami fractured some ribs during a fall at home earlier in the spring.  He was doing fine with his rehab, but his immune system started to falter and the heart condition he had grew worse.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2013, Sponichi 10/30/2013, Daily Sports 10/30/2013

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Hitting Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
1938S Kyojin 23 38 35 0 7 0 0 0 7 2 0 -- 0 -- 3 -- 0 1 -- .200 .263 .200 .463
1938F Kyojin 39 155 133 24 35 3 3 3 53 24 2 -- 2 -- 20 -- 0 16 -- .263 .359 .398 .758
1939 Kyojin 94 385 343 60 116 17 12 4 169 75 8 -- 0 4 37 -- 1 19 -- .338 .404 .493 .897
1940 Kyojin 104 446 392 51 122 23 9 9 190 66 7 -- 0 4 50 -- 0 27 -- .311 .389 .485 .874
1941 Kyojin 86 388 339 44 105 21 9 4 156 57 5 -- 0 -- 46 -- 2 21 -- .310 .395 .460 .856
1942 Kyojin 72 321 274 22 73 7 3 3 95 27 5 2 0 -- 46 -- 1 18 -- .266 .374 .347 .721
1946 Kyojin 70 317 279 45 85 20 4 10 143 67 2 1 0 -- 38 -- 0 13 -- .305 .388 .513 .901
1947 Kyojin 119 510 443 56 137 30 7 6 199 57 16 5 0 -- 65 -- 2 17 -- .309 .400 .449 .849
1948 Kyojin 135 566 504 69 150 26 6 25 263 105 12 3 0 -- 58 -- 4 26 -- .298 .375 .522 .896
1949 Kyojin 134 597 545 84 180 36 10 24 308 129 9 3 0 -- 49 -- 2 24 -- .330 .388 .565 .953
1950 Kyojin 138 619 559 102 175 34 6 29 308 119 34 6 0 -- 56 -- 4 29 12 .313 .380 .551 .931
1951 Kyojin 97 424 374 74 141 27 2 15 217 81 14 6 0 -- 48 -- 2 6 9 .377 .450 .580 1.031
1952 Kyojin 118 522 478 62 153 28 4 4 201 82 15 5 0 -- 42 -- 2 21 11 .320 .377 .421 .798
1953 Kyojin 121 518 467 74 162 26 6 6 218 77 22 8 0 -- 44 -- 7 14 10 .347 .411 .467 .878
1954 Kyojin 129 561 510 64 164 27 8 8 231 87 26 8 1 7 41 -- 2 25 14 .322 .374 .453 .827
1955 Kyojin 120 516 435 55 147 15 1 12 200 79 17 10 0 8 69 34 3 33 10 .338 .432 .460 .892
1956 Kyojin 128 542 490 54 160 23 4 5 206 67 16 13 2 1 46 22 3 36 10 .327 .388 .420 .808
1957 Kyojin 128 519 465 54 132 26 3 5 179 52 6 5 6 3 40 13 4 37 10 .284 .346 .385 .731
1958 Kyojin 124 480 435 34 107 19 2 9 157 66 4 5 7 8 25 1 5 39 9 .246 .295 .361 .656
  1979 8424 7500 1028 2351 408 99 181 3500 1319 220 80 18 35 823 70 44 422 95 .313 .383 .467 .850

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS CG ShO W L S WPCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HBP SP WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
1938S Kyojin 11 8 2 1 2 2 -- .500 254 59.2 55 2 26 -- 1 23 1 0 21 17 2.55 1.36
1938F Kyojin 1 1 0 0 0 1 -- .000 27 6.0 4 0 3 -- 0 4 0 1 4 2 3.00 1.17
1939 Kyojin 18 13 5 1 6 4 -- .600 449 102.2 81 2 64 -- 2 54 3 0 46 27 2.36 1.41
1940 Kyojin 6 2 1 0 3 2 -- .600 118 27.0 18 1 22 -- 1 15 1 0 7 3 1.00 1.48
1941 Kyojin 3 1 0 0 0 0 -- ---- 29 4.2 10 0 6 -- 1 1 0 0 9 9 16.20 3.43
  39 25 8 2 11 9 -- .550 877 200.0 168 5 121 -- 5 97 5 1 87 58 2.61 1.45

Managerial Career

Year Team Pos G W L T WPCT GB HR AVG ERA Age
1961 Kyojin 1 130 71 53 6 .569 89 .227 2.50 41
1962 Kyojin 4 134 67 63 4 .515 8 102 .232 2.47 42
1963 Kyojin 1 140 83 55 2 .601 143 .247 2.57 43
1964 Kyojin 3 140 71 69 0 .507 11 147 .235 3.01 44
1965 Kyojin 1 140 91 47 2 .659 106 .246 2.54 45
1966 Kyojin 1 134 89 41 4 .685 114 .243 2.24 46
1967 Kyojin 1 134 84 46 4 .646 162 .265 2.87 47
1968 Kyojin 1 134 77 53 4 .592 177 .262 3.35 48
1969 Kyojin 1 130 73 51 6 .589 147 .263 3.30 49
1970 Kyojin 1 130 79 47 4 .627 131 .240 2.46 50
1971 Kyojin 1 130 70 52 8 .574 123 .253 2.94 51
1972 Kyojin 1 130 74 52 4 .587 158 .254 3.43 52
1973 Kyojin 1 130 66 60 4 .524 149 .253 3.25 53
1974 Kyojin 2 130 71 50 9 .587 0 159 .253 3.05 54
  1866 1066 739 61 .591  

Awards/Titles

Hitting Titles: 1939, 1942, 1951, 1953, 1955
Home Run Titles: 1940, 1948
RBI Titles: 1939, 1941, 1955
Most Hits: 1939, 1941, 1947, 1953, 1955, 1956

MVP: 1941, 1951, 1955
Best Nine: 1940, 1947-1949, 1951, 1953, 1955-1958
Nippon Series MVP: 1953
All-Star Appearances: 1951-1954, 1956-1958
All-Star MVP: 1951 (Game 1)

Modashos: 194

Hall Of Fame: 1965