1966 in Japanese Baseball
|1966 in baseball|
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Nippon Professional Baseball
- Bold indicates league champion; Italics indicate Nippon Series winner
From 1950 to 1979, the official name of the Pacific League was the Taiheiyo Baseball Union.
|Yomiuri Giants||134||89||41||4||0.679||0.0||559||335||0.243||2.24||Tetsuharu Kawakami|
|Chunichi Dragons||132||76||54||2||0.583||13.0||521||400||0.253||2.54||Michio Nishizawa|
|Hanshin Tigers||135||64||66||5||0.493||25.0||386||399||0.233||2.52||Shigeru Sugishita, Sadayoshi Fujimoto|
|Hiroshima Carp||136||57||73||6||0.441||32.0||420||512||0.234||3.45||Ryohei Hasegawa|
|Taiyo Whales||130||52||78||0||0.400||37.0||428||557||0.247||3.74||Osamu Mihara|
|Sankei Atoms||135||52||78||5||0.404||37.0||364||475||0.215||3.16||Tokuji Iida|
|Nankai Hawks||133||79||51||3||0.605||0.0||477||394||0.245||2.59||Kazuto Tsuruoka|
|Nishitetsu Lions||138||75||55||8||0.572||4.0||426||354||0.231||2.13||Futoshi Nakanishi|
|Toei Flyers||136||70||60||6||0.537||9.0||480||443||0.256||2.75||Shigeru Mizuhara|
|Tokyo Orions||134||61||69||4||0.470||18.0||462||460||0.240||2.93||Hitoshi Tamaru|
|Hankyu Braves||134||57||73||4||0.440||22.0||447||491||0.229||3.31||Yukio Nishimoto|
|Kintetsu Buffaloes||133||48||82||3||0.372||31.0||388||538||0.228||3.60||Yoshiyuki Iwamoto|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|Batting Average||Shigeo Nagashima||Yomiuri Giants||.344||Kihachi Enomoto||Tokyo Orions||.351|
|Runs||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||111||Katsuya Nomura||Nankai Hawks||82|
|Hits||Shigeo Nagashima||Yomiuri Giants||163||Kihachi Enomoto||Tokyo Orions||167|
|Doubles||Makoto Matsubara||Taiyo Whales||32||Kihachi Enomoto||Tokyo Orions||31|
|Triples||Takeshi Koba||Hiroshima Carp||6||Shoichi Busujima||Toei Flyers||9|
|Home Runs||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||48||Katsuya Nomura||Nankai Hawks||34|
|Runs Batted In||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||116||Katsuya Nomura||Nankai Hawks||97|
|Stolen Bases||Isao Shibata||Yomiuri Giants||46||Koshi Yamamoto||Hankyu Braves||32|
|Walks||Sadaharu Oh||Yomiuri Giants||142||Daryl Spencer
|Statistic||Central League||Pacific League|
|ERA||Tsuneo Horiuchi||Yomiuri Giants||1.39||Kazuhisa Inao||Nishitetsu Lions||1.79|
|Wins||Minoru Murayama||Hanshin Tigers||24||Tetsuya Yoneda||Hankyu Braves||25|
|18||Shigemasa Yamamoto||Kintetsu Buffaloes||19|
|Innings Pitched||Minoru Murayama||Hanshin Tigers||290.1||Tetsuya Yoneda||Hankyu Braves||310.0|
|Appearances||Kiyotake Suzuki||Sankei Swallows||62||Yukio Ozaki||Toei Flyers||65|
|Hits Allowed||Kunio Jonouchi||Yomiuri Giants||231||Tetsuya Yoneda||Hankyu Braves||289|
|Home Runs Allowed||Hidetoshi Ikeda
|20||Katsuji Sakai||Tokyo Orions||31|
|Strikeouts||Minoru Murayama||Hanshin Tigers||207||Tsutomu Tanaka||Nishitetsu Lions||217|
|69||Tetsuya Yoneda||Hankyu Braves||81|
The NPB All-Star Game featured three games and was won by the Pacific League two games to one. The first game was played at Nishikyougoku Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 6 - 2. The second game was played at Koshien Baseball Stadium and was won by the PL, 6 - 3. The third game was played at Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium and was won by the CL, 5 - 1.
The winners of the 1966 Sawamura Award were Tsuneo Horiuchi of the Yomiuri Giants and Minoru Murayama of the Hanshin Tigers . Horiuchi had a 16 - 2 win-loss record, 117 strikeouts, and a 1.39 ERA in 181.0 innings. Murayama had a 24 - 9 win-loss record, 207 strikeouts, and a 1.55 ERA in 290.1 innings.
|Award||League||Player||Team||Position||AB||R||H||HR||RBI||SB||AVG||OBP||SLG||W - L||SV||IP||HA||HRA||BB||SO||ERA|
|Most Valuable Player||CL||Shigeo Nagashima||Yomiuri Giants||3B||474||83||163||26||105||14||.344||.413||.586||Did not pitch|
|PL||Katsuya Nomura||Nankai Hawks||C||474||82||148||34||97||8||.312||.406||.568||Did not pitch|
|Rookie of the Year||CL||Tsuneo Horiuchi||Yomiuri Giants||P||64||6||16||2||6||0||.250||.250||.422||16 - 2||181.0||125||5||69||117||1.39|
|PL||Not Awarded||Not Available|
The following players were part of the 1966 Best Nine teams.
High School Baseball
The 48th National High School Baseball Championship featured a total of 2415 schools competing for 30 spots in the finals at Koshien. In the championship game Chukyo High School (Aichi) defeated Matsuyama High School (Ehime) by a score of 3 - 1.
The 38th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament featured 24 schools competing in the tournament at Koshien. In the championship game Chukyo High School (Aichi) defeated Tosa High School (Kochi) by a score of 1 - 1.
All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series
The 1966 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series featured 14 schools competing in the tournament at Meiji-Jingu Stadium. In the championship game Nihon University defeated Kinki University by a score of 3 - 2.
Tokyo Big6 Baseball League
Tohto University Base Ball League
|2||Aoyama Gakuin||Toyo||Kokushikan||Kokugakuin||Tokyo Agriculture||Sophia|
|2||Toyo||Kokushikan||Aoyama Gakuin, Tokyo Agriculture||Kokugakuin||Gakushuin|
Kansai 6 University Baseball League
The Mexico City Tigers of the Mexican League toured Japan in the spring of 1966. The touring team went 0 - 13 - 0 against Japanese competition. The Los Angeles Dodgers toured Japan in the fall of 1966. The touring team went 9 - 8 - 1 against Japanese competitio.
Hall of Fame
The following people were elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame:
- Tsunetaro Moriyama, by Special Committee
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